As reported by Aaron Portzline of the Dispatch, the Blue Jackets held two summit meetings this morning at their Dallas Hotel. My take on what has been reported so far is available here.
From the tone of Portzline's report, the involvement of Howson, and the apparent length of the meetings, one gets the sense that these are not your run-of-the-mill player/coach sessions. That the middle core of the team was included is significant as well. Boll, Brassard, Murray, Stralman, Russell, Roy, Voracek, Mason, Garon, Methot, Modin and Blunden not invited. Keep in mind that the oldest of the invited veterans is Sammy Pahlsson, who just turned 32 last week. The youngest of the invited group? Captain Rick Nash, at 25.
You can argue and debate techniques, systems, styles of play, etc. etc. -- you can't debate youth. In the world of NHL hockey youth of the likes the CBJ possesses is both a blessing and a curse. Hopefully, GM, Coaches and Players are all figuring out how to harness the energy, talent and exuberance of youth, while avoiding the emotional roller coaster that youngsters bring to the table.
Strap in tight folks. This is definitely an "E" Ticket ride.