Columbus Blue Jackets: Opportunity Lost

January 13th, 2011 by Ed Cmar Leave a reply »
Given the Columbus Blue Jackets ignominious descent toward the bottom of the Western Conference rankings—the sad reality of a recent 6-14-3 free-fall, the second in as many years following a stellar start—Blue Jackets General Manager Scott Howson has been actively burning cell phones around the NHL in an attempt to salvage yet another disappointing season.  

While you would struggle to determine where to start in fixing this team, its most glaring need is the lack of offensively-minded defensemen, those adept at puck movement through all of the zones, quarterbacking the team's power play and having a slap shot capable of both getting to the net and creating the opportunity for the Blue Jackets' forwards to crowd the areas around the opposing team's goal.

There are four problems with attempting to rectify this dilemma so late into the season:

- The Blue Jackets have continued to experience mounting financial losses due to an arena lease agreement made during its inception, so salary cap flexibility is a moot point.

- Many teams are either still in a position to qualify or easily make the playoffs, or their playoff ...

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