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If Rick Nash goes, will Jack Johnson wear the ‘C’?

Apr 1, 2012, 7:37 PM EDT

Jack Johnson Columbus

If the Columbus Blue Jackets trade Rick Nash over the summer, no one player is going to fill his shoes. In addition to being the team’s biggest star, he’s also the face of the franchise and one of the main attractions for a team that hasn’t had much success. However, should he be dealt, they will need a new captain and Jack Johnson might be it.

Johnson was acquired from the Kings in the Jeff Carter trade and has become a defensive leader for the team.

“He’s done a great job coming in,” Blue jackets interim coach Todd Richards said. “There is leadership there, without question. I don’t think he is a real vocal, rah-rah guy, but he leads by the way he plays. He had a letter, too, in L.A. There is something there.”

He has averaged a staggering 27:41 minutes per game while a number of the Blue Jackets’ defensemen are sidelined.

  1. danphipps01 - Apr 1, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    This really just twists the knife in the gut of every Blue Jackets fan a little deeper, doesn’t it? Out of everyone on this hideous team, Jack Johnson and R.J. Umberger are pretty much the only valid options for the captaincy. God, that’s depressing.

    • east96st - Apr 1, 2012 at 10:50 PM

      Not to worry! Wonderboy Howson will bring in some aging former star that some team dumped on the Jackets in the Nash trade along with picks that Columbus will use to draft several players who will never pan out and prospects that will leave the minors. The aging “star” will wear the “C” until he, too, tires of playing for a team run by morons. Then, he, too, will start to phone it in, get traded for nothing and Columbus will, again, be the worse team in the League. But the circus won’t be complete until the amazing Oz, our “brilliant” owner McConnell, makes his yearly pronouncement – “I will keep Mike Priest to run the front office and I will keep “Doogie” Howson as GM because it’s all the coach’s and the players fault! OZ has spoken!”. The only question left is, can Jackets season ticket holders be part of the trade and leave with Rick? Seriously, I don’t care where he goes. Anything has to be better than this. The fact that these morons stay employed and the top moron inherited enough of daddy’s money to own a hockey team is really just to much to endure any longer.

      • east96st - Apr 1, 2012 at 10:53 PM

        That should read “prospects that will NEVER leave the minors”. I’m blaming it on “Jackets rage” but, really, it’s the Guinness.

  2. fakejayberson - Apr 1, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    Shut up dan

  3. cowboyscanada - Apr 2, 2012 at 12:53 AM

    Would like to see Montreal trade for Nash.

  4. stakex - Apr 2, 2012 at 1:03 AM

    I don’t really think there is any “if” about it when it comes to Nash being traded. He wants out, and so it will be.

  5. iamanidiotfan - Apr 2, 2012 at 4:06 AM

    Is Howson worse than Milbury? From reading comments from Jacket fans, I’m starting to think that maybe he is.

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