Goodbye or See You Later Jody Shelley
During the post game show after the difficult loss to Phoenix, game host Mark Wyant was handed a press release. He promptly folded it up and almost refused to read it, but protocol told him other wise… Jody Shelley… traded… to San Jose for a 6th pick in the 2009 draft… knowing he is going to the Silicon Valley, he still says that Columbus will be his home… that is all he knows in the NHL.
A member of the core leadership group of the CBJ, he is now going to get the opportunity to play for a team that will undoubtedly be headed to the playoffs. He was only involved in 31 games this year, but still a leader to all the players in the room. In as much as a week ago, he was informed by the staff, his role was the same but the ice time was in question.
"Good for Jody" is the way we all have to look at this. He was a guy that meant the world to the fans of Columbus and those that enjoyed the growth of the CBJ in the city since the inaugural year. He was the face of the franchise for a few of the early years. He was the first on the ice and one of the last to leave. He was limited in his skills, and he knew it, but he also worked hard at trying to be better with each passing day. He was active in the community and with his wife Mandy, became an icon at several CBJ Foundation events that helped raise money for local charities.
When things were tough with wins and losses, who is the first guy to address those of us that had to ask the questions?
When there was a need for someone to represent the CBJ at local events, up and beyond charitable work, who was the first to step forward?
Who entertained the conventional tough guy role with class and a sense of what needs to be done?
There was only one answer, and that was Jody.
There is no question we will all miss him. Scott Howson and Hitch made this move to not only allow Jody to follow his dream of getting a chance to play, but also as a business venture in accumulating a draft pick and saving money. They had to put business ahead of the heart. They truly felt Jody was instrumental in keeping the locker room in a positive and upbeat manner and they are the first to say that he will be missed.
It will be time now for someone else to make the step forward in the leadership department with the loss of Jody. Jared Boll has assisted in the transition of filling his role on the ice and has done an adequate job.
He is going to a team that wants him and they need his services. Good luck Jody.
It should be business as usual today as Jody boards a plane to Calgary to join his new teammates as they take on the Flames. The CBJ make their way to Nashville to clash with the Preds.
Stay tuned and let the trade parade hit a town near you!
*Throughout the season, AAA will bring you the Broadcaster's Blogs - "Davidge Dishes" and "Rimer Ramblings". The Columbus Blue Jackets broadcasters will try to keep you update on all the behind the scenes action through their blogs, especially when the Blue Jackets hit the road. The next road game is 1/31/08 @Nashville.