Why I'm a Conflicted Fan in the Bruins-Blue Jackets Series

By Patrick Hoffman

I have always had a soft spot for the Columbus Blue Jackets because of their team president, John Davidson.

JD is one of my hockey idols and someone I grew up watching, listening to, and reading. When it came to hockey, he was everything I wanted to be.

I love it that his team won their playoff series in franchise history. I love it even more because they swept the league's best team in the Tampa Bay Lightning, which no one predicted or even thought about.

I want the Blue Jackets to beat the Bruins in their series that is currently going on. I'm kind of sick of Boston winning all these championships so it would be nice if someone could knock them out of this year's postseason.

I want to see guys like Sergei Bobrovsky, Artemi Panarin, Brandon Dubinsky, Seth Jones, Matt Duchene, and others have success. This is especially the case with Bobrovsky and Panarin because there is a chance they will not be with the club next season.

With all of that said, however, a part of me wants the Bruins to win this series. No, I'm not a fan of the Bruins, but I have a different kind of rooting interest when it comes to them.

My rooting interest is with JD. Since April, it's been reported that the New York Rangers, my favorite team, wants to hire him to be their team president.

In my opinion, New York is JD's true home. It is where he has had the most success in his career and it will give him an opportunity to bring a Cup back to Broadway. 

While JD was a part of the 94 Cup-winning team as a broadcaster, he was not the one who built the team. That was Neil Smith's team that won it all.

If the Rangers somehow manage to win a Cup again, it will have JD's fingerprints all over it. That is what JD really wants and it would be awesome if he could do that with the Blueshirts.

As you can tell, I am very conflicted on who to root for in this series. No matter what happens, I just hope JD will still want to come to New York!

Patrick covers the NHL for The Ultimate Hockey Fan Cave. 

He has previously covered the league for WTP SportsSportsnet.caKukla’s Korner, Spector’s Hockey, NHL Network Radio blog, TheHockeyNews.com, The Fourth Period, Stan Fischler’s “The Fischler Report”, as well as a slew of others.

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