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08:25 AM ET 04.02 | If (when?) Rick Nash is sent packing from Columbus, the Blue Jackets will lose their longtime captain. There are handful of candidates to replace him. R.J. Umberger, Derek Dorsett, Vinny Prospal and James Wisniewski deserve mention, as does Jack Johnson, who has emerged as a much-needed leader on the blue line since he was acquired from the Los Angeles Kings in a trade for Jeff Carter last month. Johnson has said and done all the right things since his arrival. Fans have taken a fast shine to him and he has, by all accounts, been good for 'the room.' "He's done a great job coming in," Blue jackets interim coach Todd Richards said. "There is leadership there, without question."

The Columbus Dispatch

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April 2, 2012  08:43 AM ET

Hey...the Jackets have won 3 in a row!

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April 2, 2012  08:58 AM ET
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Because today truly did call for a post on who will captain Columbus when they move to Boise.

oh no...does that mean they're going to play on blue ice?

April 2, 2012  09:05 AM ET
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Hey...the Jackets have won 3 in a row!

wins over the Blues and Red Wings ... I like it.
Doesn't mean much right now, but they are gonna have to win consistently in the Central to make PO anytime in the future.

4 of 5 teams in the Central likely to make PO this year, and I predict the Western conf winner comes out of the Central.

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April 2, 2012  09:12 AM ET
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omg imagine the FoxTrax they would need in order to see the puck on THAT surface!

what would Grapes say about that?
And you-know-who would be you-know-what-ed over it

April 2, 2012  09:20 AM ET
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what would Grapes say about that?And you-know-who would be you-know-what-ed over it

What can you say? What can he say? Who cares? Why not? I don't know. Does anyone? Confused again. I start most weeks like this. (Finish 'em too.)

April 2, 2012  09:48 AM ET
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oh no...does that mean they're going to play on blue ice?

Nice Spiny, nice.

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April 2, 2012  10:02 AM ET
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Nice Spiny, nice.

Thank you Smithers

April 2, 2012  10:03 AM ET

Next in line? Poor **** should have been first in line.

April 2, 2012  11:23 AM ET
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"I think it's a disgrace. I am most definitely irked by this. Does their Univ. team have a hockey squad? We haven't signed enough college players yet."

I am now irked as well, they do not have a hockey team
go to Bronco sports.com and check them out

April 2, 2012  11:24 AM ET

More like Ronnie James Dio's "The Last in Line"

April 2, 2012  12:01 PM ET

When you look at the list of potential Captains (Umberger, Prospal?), it's going to be tough going in Columbus for a while.

April 2, 2012  01:55 PM ET
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When you look at the list of potential Captains (Umberger, Prospal?), it's going to be tough going in Columbus for a while.

It will probably end up being someone like Jack Johnson.

April 2, 2012  03:55 PM ET
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When you look at the list of potential Captains (Umberger, Prospal?), it's going to be tough going in Columbus for a while.

Thanks for bringing this conversation back to the subject at hand Phantom.
Jack Johnson has just the right kind of name for some steel toed, hard hatted work and could Captain this crew.
I've noticed that Carter has not done too much in Lala land with his pal Richards...

Umburger really and truly shoulld be traded to the Montreal Canadians...as in, one Umburger to go...

April 2, 2012  04:57 PM ET
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It will probably end up being someone like Jack Johnson.

He seems to be the best candidate. At least, until he gets tired of being there.

April 2, 2012  05:01 PM ET
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Thanks for bringing this conversation back to the subject at hand Phantom.Jack Johnson has just the right kind of name for some steel toed, hard hatted work and could Captain this crew.I've noticed that Carter has not done too much in Lala land with his pal Richards...Umburger really and truly shoulld be traded to the Montreal Canadians...as in, one Umburger to go...

Cheeburger, cheeburger, Pepsi, no Coke!

 
April 2, 2012  08:40 PM ET

nash has announced he'd much rather stay put than become a leaf...

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