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"Our owner doesn't like hockey."

According to an interview in French with Montreal radio station CKAC (a translation has been provided in the link), Derick Brassard mentioned that among the teams struggles, it feels like new team owner John P. McConnell doesn't appear to like hockey - including mentioning that JPMac decided not to appear in the team photos this year, something that his father never did. When it's a foreign language interview, you're always worried about things being blown up a bit for the "home crowd", much like the issues with Nikita FIlatov and Russian reporters, or the problems the Leafs had with interviews in Czech papers with the family of Tomas Kaberle. That said? This is not the first time people have questioned how committed John P. McConnell is to the Blue Jackets, though it's the first time I've even possibly heard of it being said by a player. Perhaps the best answer would be for JPM himself to sit down with the Dispatch, local radio, or even local TV news to talk about the team. JPM appears to prefer to take a "hands off" approach day to day and let Scott Howson and Mike Priest handle things, but it would be a good vote of confidence if he were to show his face around the office now and then.

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