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It’s Columbus Blue Jackets day on PHT

Aug 13, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

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Welcome to our offseason initiative — 30 teams in 30 days.

From July 16 until Aug. 14, we’ll be dedicating each day to a new team by recapping the offseason and looking ahead to 2012-13.

There will also be a series of posts looking at key stories, player profiles and burning questions regarding each squad.

Our penultimate team is the Columbus Blue Jackets.

After dragging their feet during the trade deadline, the Blue Jackets finally parted with their greatest player, shipping Rick Nash to the Big Apple.

Thanks to that trade and various other moves, Columbus has collected “a lot of second-liners” as R.J. Umberger said.

The Blue Jackets expect to score “by committee” with that approach, but they’ll look different on defense and in net as well.

James Wisniewski and Jack Johnson should be more firmly entrenched while youngsters Ryan Murray and Tim Erixon could get a decent shot at cracking the top-six. (At least intermittently.)

Columbus traded for Sergei Bobrovsky, who’s likely to grab the No. 1 job over Steve Mason – who merely hopes to resurrect his career.

If nothing else, the Blue Jackets present an intriguing mix of changes going into next season. We’ll examine the biggest pieces to that puzzle today.

  1. polegojim - Aug 13, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Wow…um… two words… Perennially Painful…

    Soon, fans will need ‘Straight Jackets’… blue, white, or whatever color.

    Howson rightly should be wearing a ‘Flak Jacket’ with all the well-earned criticism-shrapnel flying around.

  2. revansrevenant - Aug 13, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    I sense these boards being buried in a deluge of sarcastic, acerbic, caustic or sardonic remarks.

    I do hope no Blue Jackets fans are on these boards. The damage to their psyche will be irreparable.

    • polegojim - Aug 13, 2012 at 10:33 AM

      ; ) I don’t know about sarcastic, acerbic, caustic or sardonic… but I will buy Realilstic…

      Well earned is well deserved-ic.

    • thefranchise777 - Aug 13, 2012 at 12:24 PM

      As a Jackets fan, trust me, there is no greater damage this board can do than what the organization has already done. Howson and company have dragged a marginal franchise to depths not seen in the NHL before. Even the L.A. Clippers have dredged up SOME form of mediocrity…..

  3. jacketsfan7 - Aug 13, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Finally I waited for this but the blue jackets have changed and I’m expecting at least 30 wins this year

  4. lostpuppysyndrome - Aug 13, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Well, no matter how bad the Nash trade looked, at least Howson got SOMETHING for him. The same can’t be said for former Wild GM and Gaborik.

  5. ron05342 - Aug 13, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    Well, I have been following this since day 1 and there didn’t seem to be any coherent order of teams analyzed…was it just random?

    Pick a piece of paper out of a candy jar, and say, oh today is CBJ day?

    I don’t understand.

  6. tfaltin - Aug 13, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    It’s awfully easy to pile on and just say that the Blue Jackets are going to be awful, that they have no future, or that they’re a joke of a franchise. Look more closely and you’ll see a developing and talented young defense, some depth of players who can score some goals, and potentially a young starter in Bobrovsky. They’re not a playoff team at this point but they’re building the right direction and they will not be a push-over this year. The acquisition of Dubinsky and the character he brings will make teams earn their wins over Jackets.

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