If the Jackets play like they did last year, you guys were right about Nash. Forcing the "Captain" label on him because he was our only star is a lot like forcing it on Braxton Miller versus Kenny Guiton.<quoted text>Nash found out last year what a joy living in Columbus is, with a friendly local sports media and a respect for celebrity privacy. Why do you think one reason he didn't go to Toronto was? Their media treats Leafs players the way Columbus treats OSU players after a loss to Michigan and an arrest.
If the Jackets outshine the Rangers this season, he may regret having asked for a trade.
Some people are natural leaders and some are not. It doesn't seem to matter much when a team is doing well, but one that is floundering definitely benefits from leadership.
I thought the Minnesota coach they had waiting in the wings was a good move. I like him and his philosophy. Dinneen would have been the crowd pleaser though.
I liked some of the stuff Johnson and some of the other guys did offseason two summers ago to lay the groundwork for what happened last year. Nash would have been too quiet of a guy to put something like that together. Not that I have inside information, but that's my impression anyway.