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Blue Jackets coach fumes about ’embarrassing hockey’

Nov 7, 2013, 10:47 PM EDT

The Columbus Blue Jackets lost their fifth consecutive game – all in regulation – as the New York Rangers beat them 4-2 on Thursday. It’s no surprise that plenty of Blue Jackets were venting … head coach Todd Richards just happened to be the most eloquent about it, as the Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline reports.

“Before anyone asks a question, I want to say that was embarrassing hockey,” Richards said. “Embarrassing hockey.”

(Imagines reporters putting a line through Q1: “Was that embarrassing hockey?”)

Richards said he might need to take a more hands-on approach because his messages don’t seem to be getting through.

“I guess the gloves have got to come off,” Richards said. “Obviously I’ve got to push, I’ve got to challenge, because it’s not coming from within.”

It wasn’t as if he was just getting blank stares in the locker room, as Portzline notes that Brandon Dubinsky was “venting” in the locker room after the game.

The 4-2 loss involved some insult-to-injury moments, particularly an own goal via Mark Letestu, who said it left him “sick to his stomach.”

Perhaps this is simply what happens when Sergei Bobrovsky can’t stand on his head?

  1. steelers88 - Nov 8, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    I really don’t think the Blue Jackets are this bad.

  2. 7mantel - Nov 8, 2013 at 6:43 AM

    I agree with Steeler88, the Blue Jackets didn’t play that bad last night ! Scoring on their own goal was something that happens to every team one time or another ! Maybe they took themselves out of plays to make that big hit one too many times ! That’s the coaches job to settle his team down !

  3. steelers88 - Nov 8, 2013 at 7:41 AM

    The Blue Jackets have to many good players not to be winning more.

  4. mike0987 - Nov 8, 2013 at 7:51 AM

    rangers are also a pretty good team

  5. stepanup - Nov 8, 2013 at 8:08 AM

    The Jackets have a lot of solid players in all areas, particularly the 2nd-4th line, a complete defense, and great goaltending. What they need though is Johansen to turn into the player he was drafted to be, and have him center an potent line with Gaborik. Someone needs to be able to score a goal when they need one.

  6. bonzopookie - Nov 8, 2013 at 8:11 AM

    Anybody defending the Jackets on this site is NOT a true Blue Jackets fan. I have been a fan since opening night 2000, and this is once again the bottom…

    Maybe the Rangers are a pretty good team. But when you cannot play better hockey against a team coming off a back-to-back game, on the road, with a back-up goaltender, in your building….you suck.

    Frankly, there isn’t enough smart hockey players on this team. Dancing with the puck, no second or third scoring chances due to lack of positioning….not enough shots on goal (that matter – scoring chances, not weak wrist shots).

    The defense flat out sucks and the goaltending has been pedestrian. Do they work hard? Probably…but it isn’t good enough. I am not getting any younger and frankly I am sick of this BS!!

  7. redlegs7 - Nov 8, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    Hopefully they figure it out or they are going to lose the fan base, again, to Ohio State Basketball. I would say football too, but there are only a few games left.

  8. 2qswing - Nov 8, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Yea, sat there and watched another debacle. Everybody keeps talking about all this talent and improvement this year but again, we make another backup goaltender look like Hasek. Nobody expected Bob to repeat .956 save%. Even Jarmo said as much. He looked into the camera at the draft and said ” We have to score more goals” . OK so you sign Horton. but he’s not available until December or January. Other than that you bring back the same roster, same system that couldn’t score goals last year.
    Another game of over-skating rebounds, hitting the goalie in the chest and point shots with little traffic in front resulting in easy saves and clears. Throw in a couple stupid penalties and you have another $350 night at Nationwide arena. 2 goals again last night both scored by d-men. Team works hard no doubt. Some really good skaters as well. They are just not that talented on the offensive end. Too many stone hands. D is better, goaltending is better. still cant score.
    sorry for venting … really frustrating.

  9. DED - Nov 8, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    Shouldn’t they have re-signed Prospal? He led the team in points last year and was second only to Nash the year before. It’s not like he was asking for much money. Stupid management incapable of looking past the guy’s age. When your team is in a position of strength, you can afford to cast players off (like Chicago or Boston), but when you’ve made the playoffs once in a decade, you can’t toss aside an asset just because he’s getting up there in years.

    • 2qswing - Nov 8, 2013 at 1:28 PM

      Short answer to the Prospel question …yes. Everyone talks about his age but the guy didn’t miss a shift last year and was always in the right place at the right time.

  10. 2qswing - Nov 8, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    uh paging Jarmo K (Jackets GM) and JD. the Oilers are talking about trading Eberle? You know the RW who scored 34 goals a couple years ago and is only23. Lets see what does Edmonton need?
    Wake up Jarmo you have a lot more defensive depth in your organization than Philidelphia. And you have an entire team of grinders they would love. You sat on your hands and Vanek got traded.
    Your team cant score goals. Pick up the friggn’ phone
    Signed: PO’d ticket holder

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