Thursday, June 23, 2011

The First Trade AKA Mass Hysteria - Cats and Dogs Living Together

Some stuff happened in Blue Jackets land today...perhaps you've heard...but seriously, we went from anxiously awaiting the full schedule to complete delirium over the acquisition of Jeff Carter. Before all the excitement and analysis that will now go on for days (and hopefully be supplanted by even more news from the draft and trades) let's chart the dive into manic behavior that was June 23, 2011...

Approximately 11 AM - One of my favorite hockey minds and all around Tweeter, @Skraut_ posted a quite challenging view of what happened to local press coverage of our beloved Jackets (mentions noone even knew Jake was in town...premonition?) Debate ensues.

2PM - CBJ releases full season schedule thus eliminating giant shell game for all Blue Jackets fans who were trying to piece together our schedule based on other teams' news

2:02 PM - mass frustration regarding the fact that the CBJ ticket office doesn't care WHEN you find out the schedule, you still have less than a day to decide your game selection for packages, seats, etc.

2:30 PM - Rumors start rustling that Carter is headed to the Maple Leafs
2:35 PM - Many people laugh

3:00 PM - Now we start to hear that Carter is C-Bus bound...who's going east?
3:10 PM - Buh-bye Jake.

3:11 PM - Commence endless hours of joy, celebration and realizing that Howson might actually be able to be a man of action and that things are going to start changing here

4:30 PM - Richards leaves Philly TOO?!?!?!
5:00 PM - Philly signs some goalie to a long term contract

Suffice it to say that it certainly has been a roller coaster of emotions this day, every moment was either super jazzed, or full of defeat. And how nice that this is one of those days when we end on an upswing.

My final thoughts - more than ever excited to see what more Howson can do. DELIGHTED by reaction of Nash (see pic below) and Umby, little sad Brass has lost his bromance partner and finally I do want to say...

In all the excitement, and even secure in knowing that its the right thing to do, I will miss Jake. He's a good guy. Known for his smile and his attitude. I hope for continued success for him in the league, and, while you have to give to get, I will take a moment to miss one of the guys we've come to know so well.

Lets Go Jackets!!!

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