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Jack Johnson is not happy about being left off Team USA

Jan 8, 2014, 9:56 AM EDT

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When a player isn’t selected to play in the Olympics for their country, it stings. For Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson it was more of a shock.

Johnson has been a fixture on Team USA in both the Olympics and World Championships over the years and, as Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch reports, he wasn’t very pleased about the omission and puts some of the blame on Jackets coach Todd Richards.

“It’s over now. … Anything that’s said now is empty and meaningless,” Johnson said. “When I needed the belief and trust, I didn’t get it, and I didn’t get it when it counted from numerous people.”

Johnson admitted he got off to a slow start this season and that likely contributed to him not making the United States roster. He missed out on the Team USA roster while newcomers like Cam Fowler and John Carlson got the call ahead of him.

Richards explained what happened with Johnson to Portzline.

“Jack’s play wasn’t where it needed to be at the start of the year,” Richards said. “Now, with him at the top of his game, look where we’re at as a team, how well we’re playing. It’s a compliment to him and his game.”

Compliments are nice, but Johnson would probably like a trip to Sochi instead.

  1. jkay1818 - Jan 8, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    just my opinion, but i never liked him. I didn’t care for him on the 2010 team either. No way he should have made it over any of the guys picked. I think he is soft defensively.
    Erik Johnson I think is a better player and a better Dman. Lots to Jack Johnson’s game that isn’t that great.

    • jernster21 - Jan 8, 2014 at 12:43 PM

      Agreed…EJ is the real snub between the two of them, yet the selection committee talked about the consideration of Jack Johnson way more than they did EJ.

  2. skeeterbarnes - Jan 8, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    This guy seems like a whiner. “It’s not my fault I didn’t make the team…it’s…uh…it’s the coach! Yeah!” Sounds like my kid after I catch him with his hand in the cookie jar.

    Take ownership, play better and the international accolades might come, they might not. Control what you can and don’t cry about the outcome.

    • c9castine - Jan 8, 2014 at 11:48 AM

      yeah this is probably a contributing factor to why he didn’t make it. no character. no focus or sense of accountability.

      suck it up. bobby ryan too. either get better from it, or shut up about it.

  3. hockey412 - Jan 8, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    Just a USA fan’s take: I’m just fine with both Fowler and Carlson over Johnson. Actually some part of me prefers it. I’m sure it’s not easy to not invite him back, but hell, kid, you got outplayed…it happens.

  4. runhigh24 - Jan 8, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    I realize plus minus isn’t the best stat, but he’s never been a plus player in his career and was a -21 when LA traded him away for Jeff Carter the year they won the Cup. Seems like he’s vastly overrated.

    • runhigh24 - Jan 8, 2014 at 10:39 AM

      excuse me, they traded him in the off season the year before they won the Cup.

      • agellings - Jan 8, 2014 at 11:01 AM

        Jack John was traded from LA to Columbus for Jeff Carter and a 1st-rd pick, 4-days before the trade deadline in 2012. Not in the off-season.

        LA went on to win the cup a couple of months later.

  5. esracerx46 - Jan 8, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    I’m upset I didn’t make the team too. I actually think Johnson’s game would be more well suited on the big ice than a guy like Orpik. I don’t think Orpik’s skill set is needed on the big ice at the Olympics. That said I don’t mind he’s on the team either.

    • c9castine - Jan 8, 2014 at 11:53 AM

      well if your gonna replace orpik for that reason why jack johnson? what about torey krug? much better option right now i think. i also think you need at least somebody like orpik on the team. a puck mover who doesn’t really score but is good defensively and is a big hitter. not really one on the team without him.

      • pfhockey - Jan 8, 2014 at 5:20 PM

        Or Andy greene who is better than Krug defensively, Johnson, Yandle, and Greene should have made it.

  6. bruinsfan55 - Jan 8, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    Jack Johnson was traded to Columbus the trade deadline for Jeff Carter not in the off season

  7. cspsrbums - Jan 8, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    Well Mr Johnson just because you were on pass teams doesn’t mean you r on the Olympic team automatically. How do you earn a spot in the past? Because you played better then the the others. Are the new guys suppose to wait till you die for their chance ? No they went out and played better and earned their chance.

  8. 2qswing - Jan 8, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    jackets ticket holder here.
    The most disappointing thing about this is Richards response. I understand Jack blowing off some steam. My question for coach is, if his game was “not where it needed to be” at the start of the year, why were you playing him 25-plus mins/game pp and pk against the other teams best, night after night.
    I’m not even debating the merits of the omission from the team. I think Richards response is a big time, company-line cop out. By the way coach, this guy should be your captain the way he plays and the minutes he plays night after night. Not perfect by any stretch but leads by example and heart of a lion. I love Horton and the fact that he is now an active contributing player. But if you now hand him the captaincy over JJ or Dub, it will be another slap in the face.

  9. JoeAvg - Jan 8, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    Joe, did you you choose this pic ’cause the shadow on the visor looks like a tear? Sigh….you media guys.

    • cofran2004 - Jan 8, 2014 at 1:14 PM

      It was a perfect picture to use. Props.

  10. muckleflugga - Jan 8, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    jack johnson was an oversight by the short-sighted where excellence once prevailed…

    a worthy player coming to hand in the moment…capable of contributing offensively with speed, timely rushes and a dab hand off the wing…sound hockey sense and a killer point shot…weberesque…

    and victim of insider politics seemingly steered by dan bylsma…an international hockey entity green by every standard…

    still, one has to laugh one’s self hoarse at penguin sycophants…making judgements regarding johnson’s character and accountability…from a position supporting a team notorious for snivelling and whining conduct…

    penguin by name turtle by definition

    orpik and kunitz are fine players in some nhl arenas…playing against troubled teams and dining on bottom feeders…they’re tops like their team…dragon slayers when it doesn’t matter but done like dinner when it does

    on olympic ice, both players will prove to be liabilities

    orpik is a plod by every measure…below average point shot…journeyman mutt relying on size and small ice to close on foes…selling-out on hits while expecting teammates to fill ice emptied behind…margins are fine and manageable for those of his ilk on small ice against weaker teams…but on large ice

    his team hooked bears first round…

    bye bye, nice to know you no weak teams here…on big ice, margins are huge and speed players will simply blow-by attempts at killer take-outs…lifeblood of ravening penguin fans weaned on crash bang lower order hockey

    orpik is not olympic-grade material…possessed of good hockey sense but he does not have the two-way speed to compete in the bigger olympic game and will prove an ill-advised and costly concession to bylsma…

    as is kunitz, to crosby and need for a friendly face and roomie…a worthy sort, slow and prone to clumsy play in mid-ice where heads are hunted heavily…he might have some comfort playing weaker teams…

    his team hooked pushovers first round…

    when the big boys come calling and canada needs pure snipers for the one or two good chances available against quality competition, kunitz’s skill set will prove misplaced…he’s a garbage collector living on scrambled play and cheap rebounds…opportunities offered-up by poorer teams in the nhl lacking in discipline and puck control around their own net…

    at the olympics, even lower seeded teams are inclined to tight disciplined defensive play…keeping it close and hoping to catch a break and steal one…little in the way of garbage available for the redoubtable mr. kunitz…sorry

    giroux and couture do not dine on garbage…they’re true-blue snipers who find where likes of kunitz only dream…omissions that leave the head spinning when examining qualifications of some who came in their stead…

    one is left wondering if sweden and russia made selection blunders on the same scale as did the united states and canada…?

    what weapons are the swedes and rooskies bringing in counter

    russia, machiavellian by definition


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