Everyone knows Urban Meyer is a competitive son of a gun.
Here's another peek into just how competitive he is.
Let's be honest with one another CBJ fans.
You did your homework before the NHL draft and knew a little of the talents of Alexander Wennberg, the Jackets first pick Sunday.
You may have also known that the Jacket's second pick, Kerby Rychel is following the NHL footsteps of his father who won a Stanley Cup while playing with Colorado in 1996.
And you may have even known that the Jackets third pick in the first round, Marko Dano skates with current Blue Jacket Marion Gaborik back home in Slovakia.
Great. They all will be wonderful members of the team....someday.
What mattered most was the best save of the summer.
The CBJ's best save since Sergei Bobrovsky stoned the Nashville Predators in April.
The Jackets coming to terms with Sergei Bobrovsky on a new two year deal relegates the three first round picks to the next page in team news for the week.
This is not to diminish any of their burgeoning skills.
It's all about Bob.
The flurry at the Jackets draft table in the hours leading up to the draft had little to do with pick number 14 and everything to do with number 72.
Reports began to circulate that Bobrovsky and the Blue Jackets were far apart in negotiations and that the Vezina Trophy winning goaltender was on the trading block.
That got my phone buzzing. News rocketed through the Blue Jackets draft party at Nationwide Arena quickly to the point that the opportunity for fans to have their picture taken with the Vezina was in jeopardy.
Team officials were poised to bring a hasty end to that promotion if Bob had decided to take his talents elsewhere.
John Davidson, a former NHL goaltender himself, may not be the team's general manager. But as President of Hockey Operations, you know he had more than a glove hand in saving the Bobrovsky negotiations.
The fact that he and GM Jarmo Kekalainen put together a workable deal for both sides is what fans are celebrating.
The team, frankly any NHL team needs to be solid from the goaltender out. Had Bob and the CBJ not comes to terms, that dynamic would have been much tougher to achieve.
But Davidson and Kekalainen did it. Making the biggest save of the off-season.
It certainly put a little more Red in the Red, White and Boom celebration. And a little more green in the pocket of the man who brought some boom back to Nationwide Arena.
The ice is out of every rink in the NHL now. The playing surface in Boston's HD Garden probably disappeared quicker than the sheet in Chicago given the Bruins meltdown upon it Monday night.
The NHL's off-season has begun. Most players head north to cottages or golf courses. Fans in eager cities--like Columbus-- have a countdown clock to October.
It's summer vacation time all over the league yet no one is working harder than the boys in the front office on Nationwide Boulevard.
Yes, the guys n Denver are busy answering their phones. In Philly, they are once again doing a goalie evaluation trying to decide if Steve Mason can be "the guy". In Vancouver, the load is on the marketing and PR guys to turn their new head coach into a guy Canucks fans can embrace without getting their mouth guards shoved down their throats.
But here in Columbus the work is detailed and requires the expertise and creativity of a fine chef gathering ingrediants for a winning recipe.
The Blue Jackets President of Hockey Operations, John Davidson and General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen are smart enough to know what ingrediants they need. But this is no easy trip to the grocery store.
At this writing, the Blue Jackets have three picks in the first round of Sunday's NHL draft.
They also have the NHL's Vezina Trophy winning goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky waiting to be presented with a new contract.
They are millions of dollars under the NHL's salary cap which gives them space to pursue a free agent or two.
They have a fan base starving for a winner. That fan base was brought into the restaurant last spring, seated at the table, handed a menu, served drinks and then told they could not eat.
That fan base now sits with its nosed pressed up against the kitchen window. They are watching closely to see what is prepared.
Those who pay close attention believe the Jackets will trade at least one of their draft picks either for a chance to move up in this year's draft or for a proven NHL player who can help the team immediately.
They could package a pick or two with a prospect and/or a veteran player off their roster to move even higher.
They could trade a pick and a prospect to move up 10 spots. Then trade that pick again to move even higher.
The possibilities are endless which is why this week is critical for this organization.
The NHL draft is deep this year. It is headlined by players like defenseman Seth Jones, forwards Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin. The experts will tell you any pick in the top five could bring a player who could jump onto an NHL roster in the fall.
But right now the Jackets highest pick is 14th so there is much work to be done if the CBJ want to make a splash this week.
What about Bob?
As if the looming draft weren't critical enough, the one player who's blocker prints are all over last spring's amazingly dramatic run to the cusp of the playoffs remains unsigned.
Sergei Bobrovsky came to Columbus last summer as a ho-hum "maybe-this-will-work" goalie hoping to share time with Steve Mason.
He rode out of Nationwide Arena having started 37 of the team's 48 games. He won 21 of them including eight of the last nine.
"Bob" earned himself icon status in those 37 games as people in Columbus recognized the number 72 as something other than a number an Ohio State lineman wears.
Ron Tugnutt captured fans hearts between the pipes. So did Marc Denis and Steve Mason.
Bob, with his "just-stop-the-puck" mentality under his mask and a Vezina Trophy under his arm has done something more.
He is the reason behind the belief this team is finally close to cresting the NHL playoff hill.
He is the reason people from the coaching staff to upper bowl believed this team could and can win every time the puck is dropped.
He is a restricted free agent which means any team can float him an offer and the Blue Jackets will have to match it if they want to keep him.
He is a Russian who his countrymen would love to see stay home and play for the KHL and they are willing to pay him a pile of rubles.
Back in the kitchen with J.D. and Jarmo, Bob is known as a crucial ingredient.
So as long summer days take you to your favorite dock or bait shop or 19th hole, remember there is still a lot of work to be done at Nationwide Arena.
Come fall, all those summer hours could deliver exactly what Jackets fans have been craving.
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