Columbus Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards had a very interesting answer today when asked whether goalie Sergei Bobrovsky deserved consideration for NHL MVP honors if the CBJ make the playoffs.
Richards demurred at first, saying it’s up to us media types to decide things like that. However, then he went on to say the following:
“He’s been a big player for our team, and I’m not going to say he’s the MVP of our team. To me he’s one of the guys that has led the charge in turning our season around, and it might be too early to say turn the franchise around, but he’s got us headed in the right direction.”
There’s a lot in those 58 words.
First, it’s important to note that Richards refused to say which other players might be in the conversation when it comes to team MVP. Multiple CBJ skaters have said what stands out about this group is their togetherness. Richards’ “MVP by committee” perspective seems to be an outgrowth of that.
Second, Richards remarks reveal a swagger that has rarely been seen in Columbus. The willingness to see this season as potentially franchise changing speaks volumes to the confidence of this club right now.