Last night the Nashville Predators defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 in what was honestly a thrilling 60 minutes of hockey.
For the Blue Jackets, the loss means they stay behind the Pittsburgh Penguins for second in the division, but I don’t want to talk about the loss on the ice, instead let’s shift the conversation to what happened between whistles, or should I say what didn’t happen between whistles.
“I was a little disappointed they didn’t put anything on the (scoreboard) to say thank you or anything like that, I think we all know who made that call, but whatever.”
Those were the words of former Jackets star Ryan Johansen when he was asked about his lack of acknowledgment or in-game thank you from the Jackets organization.
RyJo played 309 games for the Blue Jackets and for a few years, he was the only reason to watch this team. He had to sit through a lot of bad years and a lot of long nights and I know a video tribute seems small, possibly even a tad childish. But he deserved his moment to hear the crowd cheer, one last moment with the fans he entertained for close to five seasons.
It seems small and insignificant, but to me, this shows the immaturity of an expansion franchise that isn’t even 20 years old. They handled this situation poorly and off the ice, there is a group who still have some learning to do. Johansen’s quote backs up everything I just said.
At a time when there is so much positivity around this organization for the first time in a while, it was unnecessary to have a negative story line lingering around, no matter how insignificant it may seem. Throw together a 30-second video, the crowd stands, everyone goes home happy. This whole story was unavoidable, but now I feel that the organization needs to be called out for it.
Johansen was a treat to watch and a class act within the community, it’s a shame that the organization couldn’t recognize that.