Columbus Blue Jackets: Five Questions Heading into Next Season

July 23rd, 2011 by Ryan Watts Leave a reply »
The Columbus Blue Jackets attempted to improve this off-season.

While they most certainly upgraded on paper, the on-ice product has yet to be seen.

The additions of James Wisniewski and Jeff Carter have added two very important and desperately needed pieces to the Blue Jackets puzzle. The moves gave Jackets fans hope for the first time in ages and, ever so slightly, raised the profile of the Central Division basement dwellers.

They also added a few new coaches to help with goaltending and the power play. Both areas have been issues for years now and are hoped to be headed in the right direction with the changes.

Along with the additions, the Jackets offloaded some of their under-performing and headache players. Some like Jakub Voracek and Mike Commodore didn't play as well as expected. Others like Ethan Moreau and Chris Clark didn't bring the wisdom and leadership they were supposed to. Finally there was Nikita Filatov who threatened every year to go back to Russia if he didn't get to play in the NHL.

So while the Blue Jackets have tried to improve their team, questions remain. Some questions are new, while others have been aro ...

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