The team has been called out by their coach. A player has been given his notice he is on his way out. The gauntlet has been thrown down. Now all that is left is for the team to either pick it up or walk away from it. How they respond will be interesting to watch. To have the last place team in the league be the team to face to make your point against.
Of course, on the flip side, even if they win, the skeptics have their way out. After all, it's just the Blue Jackets, right?
Perhaps a 8-0 thumping might help. Who knows what it might take at this point. What really needs to happen is to rattle off five or six wins in a row. That might actually provide some sort of evidence that they remembered how to suit up and play the game. As a reminder to the players, the bulk of Wild fans just want an effort. Win or lose, if they play well, the fans will support them.
A little hard work is all that is asked. Sorry, Tom.
First Things First
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Wild coach Mike Yeo: "We need to be gamers right now" | StarTribune.com - Also, about a month ago, but now would be good.
Rearranging the deckchairs: Minnesota puts Staubitz on waivers | ProHockeyTalk - Play those violins.
Wild coach Mike Yeo gets off skates and onto soapbox | StarTribune.com - We'll see how the team responds. Not that Columbus should be a test of any kind.
Wild can't go wrong as deadline approaches - Well, they could. It would be stupid, but they could.
Chip Scoggins: Wild caught in a cycle of so many words, so few deeds | StarTribune.com - Good read. I agree with 99%. When he calls out Nick Schultz, I get a little hazy on the evidence.
BlueJackets Xtra | Columbus Blue Jackets news, stats, photos, video - Newspaper source for Jackets news.
The Cannon - SBNation home for the Jackets.
Tending the Fields
VIDEO: Kyle Rau Hits Jason Zucker; Gets Game Misconduct - SB Nation Minnesota - Not a pretty sight.
The Third Intermission: Ortmeyer Returns - Indeed.
The Third Intermission: Updated: Warrioring on and some light reading on your Aeros goalies - Keep caught up on Aeros news.
Off the Trail
Hide yo kids, hide yo wives, they be making hockey memes here - Nucks Misconduct - Read the Patrick Kane comic. Good humor.