His Rule began in March 2007 and it would continue for half a decade. Before all you Jeff Carter loyalists start raging about Carter being the offensive catalyst that helped elevate the Kings to Lord Stanley’s level – let’s have a moment for our fallen brethren. He did fall. He landed in, what was at the time, the NHL’s butt hole. (No Offense Columbus – You have a pretty solid team now.)
Johnson graciously took up post in Ohio and of course is serving Columbus what he was dishing out in Los Angeles. We all know The Blue Jackets have no official captain on the ice but we know who deserves the ‘C.’
Big Jack J. served the Los Angeles area big blasting blue liner specials.
When the front office or the media talks about a team’s defensive core they usually refer to them as ‘Blue Liners.’ Not very many people knew Jack Johnson had a restaurant in Los Angeles. It was local staple while he was here – the tourists, however, weren’t big fans of its cuisine. Lets take a look at the menu.
Chef JJ’s Tenderized Sirloin:
Even the kid’s menu failed to please visitors. Not very many places can get simple things like Mac ‘n Cheese or quesadillas wrong but the under twelves weren’t very partial to the Boxed Chicken Tenders:
Jack Johnson became a King fresh out of college. His rights were sold to Los Angeles for Eric Belanger and Tim Gleason. Once Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford received his payment Jack became a King. Johnson played one more season with the University of Michigan Wolverines. During that season he received the CCHA Offensive Defenseman of the Year honors. After that it was onto Downtown Los Angeles. During his reign in LA Jack Johnson gave us highlight reel hits, solid defensive play, playoff point production, and the occasional dangle, snipe, and celly. He gave LA’s loyal fan base 124 points. Broken down that’s 30 goals and 94 assists. During the King’s brief playoff stay in 2010 and 2011 he recorded 12 points.
Now in Columbus he is apart of this masquerade of indecision. Do we name a captain and his ‘As’ ? Well no best to have a bunch of assistants to a non-existent captain. That sounds good…..
No. Either go with no captains at all or give someone a ‘C.’ Anyway, with all their recent acquisitions the Blue Jackets are a solid hockey club and should be doing damage soon.
Check out this fan made Jack Johnson tribute if you are so inclined.
Here’s to still rooting for past Kings.