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Jackets owner in email: Action will be taken

Posted on: January 27, 2012 10:47 am
McConnell talks to Chris Clark in 2010. (Getty Images)

By Brian Stubits

Talk about being reactionary.

A couple of days after it was announced that fans of the Blue Jackets were going to rally this Saturday outside of the arena in downtown Columbus for the firing of general manager Scott Howson and team president Mike Preist, the owner of the franchise decided to send out an email.

Majority owner John P. McConnell sent out the message to season-ticket holders, talking them through the tough time, more or less. Matt Wagner of Blue Jackets blog The Cannon just so happens to be a season-ticket holder and was kind enough to share the letter he received.

It has the usual stuff about how important the franchise is to the city, they are just as unhappy as the fans about the lack of success, yadda yadda yadda. But here is the most interesting excerpt for me; if you want to read the whole thing visit the link above.

I understand you want to know what we're going to do to fix this, but it is important for us to maintain a degree of discretion to prevent putting ourselves at a competitive disadvantage. I can tell you action will be taken in the coming weeks and months, be it around the trade deadline, the entry draft and/or free agency that will be indicative of our direction.

Our goal as an organization is to build a team that wins consistently and competes for the Stanley Cup. Anything less is unacceptable! Everything we do in the coming weeks, months and years will be done to that end and everyone in our organization -- myself, management, staff, coaches and players -- will be held to that standard.

I am very thankful and appreciative of the dedication and passion you have shown as a Blue Jackets fan and I am committed to giving you a team of which you can be proud.

I will say this, I'm glad that he clarified action will be taken via trades, free agency or the draft. That's comforting. I was worried they might try and do something through less conventional channels like telepathy or voodoo.

But truth be told, what makes that interesting is that it reiterates that the Jackets will no doubt be a willing seller in the coming weeks. Rumors are still flying that Jeff Carter, acquired just this summer, could be on the move. That's great and all, but it's going to be very difficult to move his 10-year contract. However if they can find a taker, then he might already be gone.

Besides the canned statement in the email, McConnell also talked to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch with some more colorful and descriptive quotes.

“Every option you can think of is being considered,” McConnell said. “When the ‘nuclear’ option is mentioned, I cringe less now than I did two months ago. That doesn’t mean that’s what we’re going to do, but it certainly becomes a more realistic choice.

“It has to be pretty clear (by the deadline) which way we’re going to go. But one way or another, we are committed to improving. We thought we did this last summer; we didn’t, for whatever reason. It’s hard to put your finger on it, but we’re going to keep searching for the right answers.”

He also stated that neither Priest nor Howson are in trouble of losing their jobs, as far as he is aware (considering he's the majority owner, I hope he'd be aware of such a thing).

At this point the writing is on the wall, ceiling and floor that the Blue Jackets are going to be completely unrecognizable by the time next season starts.

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Since: Sep 26, 2009
Posted on: January 28, 2012 6:51 am

Jackets owner in email: Action will be taken

The team is named the BJs.  Epic fail. And they want to be taken seriously...

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: January 27, 2012 5:27 pm

Jackets owner in email: Action will be taken

Fans do not rally in parking lots to get GMs fired. They also don't call radio shows and yell about fire and passion, pay for billboards demanding a quarterback switch, put their own names on the backs of jerseys (jerseys are cool, but not with your own name on it), refer to their favorite team as "we" (note: the "we" is dropped the instant the team struggles), or boo their own team. Idiots do those things. This article should say that a bunch of idiots in Columbus are calling in sick to go stand in a parking lot with a construction-paper sign.

Since: Mar 24, 2010
Posted on: January 27, 2012 4:51 pm

Jackets owner in email: Action will be taken

How many of the 5,000 fans plan to be at the rally ? Why not move the team to a real hockey town´(Hamilton comes to mind) ? This Ohio experiment has been done before and failed. Time to move on.

Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: January 27, 2012 3:08 pm

Jackets owner in email: Action will be taken

wear = where oh well.

Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: January 27, 2012 3:07 pm

Jackets owner in email: Action will be taken

This trainwreck is unfixable..A State wear fans root for yankees and Heat instead of there squad reeks of bandwagoners. Jess Sayin'

Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: January 27, 2012 11:04 am

Jackets owner in email: Action will be taken

Is it possible in a hard cap era to significantly change directions without overhauling the front office?   It would seem that those scenarios are the exception instead of the norm in the cap era, or any era imo.

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