Darryl Sydor could be seen rocking, catatonically, in his dressing room stall. Sergei Fedorov used to shake his head at the back-room shenanigans and lowered expectations on the ice.

For NHL veterans, pulling on a Blue Jackets jersey can be a rude awakening. Right winger Vinny Prospal is the latest, and — only six games into the season — he has reached a breaking point of frustration.

After a loss on Tuesday to the Dallas Stars, which dropped the Jackets to 0-5-1, Prospal delivered a salty but simple message to his teammates in the dressing room.

The veteran, who will play his 985th NHL game tonight at the Detroit Red Wings, wants to see harder work, more urgency and an increased attention to detail in practice, not slow-motion skating and feeble flips of the puck into the goaltender's chest.

"For us to be getting out of this, it's a matter of putting more pride in ourselves going to the net, creating screens, getting on loose pucks," Prospal said. "But I would say the biggest thing is it starts in practice. It's the way you practice that becomes the habits you take into the game.

"This is what the young guys should be doing, and the older guys should be teaching them to do."