“Our fans are outstanding and they deserve us to be really good winners in this league and that’s something that we’re trying to do,” Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno said Monday morning.
The attitude of Foligno, and every player who spoke to the media today, focused on self-evaluation and action. For the Blue Jackets, it’s not enough to talk about what needs to change.
“As much as I’m sitting here and talking-- talk is cheap, right? We need to start winning and that’s the only way we’re going to change anyone’s attitude," Foligno said.
Since his first day in Columbus nearly four years ago, the now-captain of the Blue Jackets has wanted to make an impact and help spark change.
“Things were really bad when I got here,” Foligno said. “I remember it was coming off a really tough season... so when I showed up, I wanted to be a part of the change here, and I really do feel like the group that we have, the guys that were brought in have been a big part of the change here, and I do think there's a big change in the mentality.”
In addition to the change in mentality that’s occurred, Foligno said one of the key developments needs to be a habit of winning.
"Any time there's some sort of adversity, it's almost like a 'here we go again' attitude and we've got to break that cycle,” Foligno said. "I think that’s where Torts has come in and said, ‘well, we’re going to be the hardest-working people,’ so there’s no excuses.”
Foligno noted that the mindset of the players and management is focused on breaking out of that cycle.
“Maybe, in a way, there’s a silver lining to the season to make us realize that this is not acceptable anymore," Foligno said. "There’s a lot of people that are counting on us to be better, and we need to do the same. But you can tell in that room, there’s not one guy that’s happy about this season and I think that’s really going to help us break that mold that I talked about.”
The 28-year-old Foligno believes this Blue Jackets team has a lot of pride, but the next step is to make sure the season ends in June and not April - and it starts with a look in the mirror, he said.
“(I’m) a young captain, first time, but I’m not making excuses,” Foligno said. “I know I have to be better and I was really disappointed in my season, but I have full confidence going into next season that I will be the leader I know I can be and have been, and just do it more consistently.”
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