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Radek Martinek’s season is over; Columbus signs Brett Lebda

Jan 19, 2012, 8:06 PM EDT

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The Columbus Blue Jackets have been hard by a lot of things – reality, the brutal Central Division and Western Conference – but injuries rank pretty high on that list.

Losing Jeff Carter and James Wisniewski for extended amounts of time obviously garners the headlines, but they’ve been without a 20-minute-per-game for most of 2011-12 and he won’t be back again. The Blue Jackets announced that Radek Martinek will sit out the rest of this season because of his concussion issues.

Considering the fact that Martinek only appeared in seven games, it might be a stretch to say that Brett Lebda has been signed to “replace” him in the lineup, but one can look at Lebda’s one-year deal that way. To some long-suffering Blue Jackets fans, the signing of Lebda adds salt to their wounds because he’s been a scapegoat of a blueliner in his other shaky NHL stops.

Either way, these stories are all too typical for the woeful Blue Jackets, who cannot be blamed if they decide to “Fail for Nail/Mikhail” for the rest of this season.

  1. Matt - Jan 19, 2012 at 8:13 PM

    WHAT HAVE WE DONE TO DESERVE THIS? I mean, the rest of the season is one thing. BUT BRETT LEBDA?! I guess it’s clear that the Fail For Nail effort has become organizational policy, what with Lebda and Sieve Mason on the same team. I mean, Brett “Minus 3” Lebda’s efforts have been so well documented that it’s tough to find any positive news from this signing.

    • east96st - Jan 19, 2012 at 11:38 PM

      You know damn well what we did. We bought the tickets. Even when it was obvious that a brain damaged chimp could run the franchise better – we bought the tickets. Even when it was obvious that you could give the Jackets five picks in the first round and they would pick five future NHL failures – we bought the tickets. Even when the organization treated us like s**t and the showed us the words “customer service” were even more foreign to them then the words “Stanley Cup” – we bought the tickets. Self inflicted wounds brother. Now, that the Jackets have the casino revenue to bail them out, it won’t really matter whether we buy the tickets or not – they still get paid. It’s done. You have NO hope of seeing a professional hockey team represent Columbus unless the NHL makes McConnell sell the Jackets. It’s over. Hope you enjoyed the four games and out, lone playoff appearance, because that’s the best hockey you’re ever going to see the Jackets play. We’re screwed. BTW – If you’re looking for two seats in Section 113, I guarantee they will be open next season. I’m done. Taking the money and setting it on fire would be more productive and entertaining at this point.

  2. danphipps01 - Jan 19, 2012 at 9:01 PM

    This isn’t even funny anymore. It’s just sadistic. I wouldn’t be surprised if most other teams felt guilty taking shots on Steve Mason at this point, simply because they feel bad for the rest of the team. D:

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