Columbus Blue Jackets: Projections for Newest Members of the Union Blue

August 5th, 2011 by Patrick Drottar Leave a reply »
This offseason has clearly been one of the most aggressive offseasons in the Columbus Blue Jackets short 10-year franchise history.

As soon as the most recent season was put to rest, general manager Scott Howson made it clear that changes were going to made and the Jackets would have a new look come next October.

That goal was reached with two months left before the new season begins with the team's two biggest additions in center Jeff Carter and defenseman James Wisniewski.

Although two of the teams biggest needs were reached in Carter and Wisniewski, the Jackets still needed to fill spots left by players who choose to sign with another team (Jan Hejda) and offseason injuries (Kristian Huselius).

In two lower budget moves, the Jackets signed long-time New York Islanders defenseman Radek Martinek as well as former New York Ranger Vinny Prospal to fill in for Huselius after his torn pectoral muscle shelved him until possibly January.

In able for the Blue Jackets to get to the playoffs for only the second time in franchise history, each one of their new additions will have to step up in their own way and if they can, th ...

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