Feeling Blue: Columbus Blue Jackets’ 2010-11 NHL Season Preview

September 22nd, 2010 by Benjamin Benya Leave a reply »
As part of a continuing series, writer Benjamin Benya will be previewing all 30 NHL teams over the next two weeks in preparation for the 2010-2011 regular season.

Up next, the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Key Additions: C Ben Guite, G David LeNeveu, D Nate Guenin, LW Ethan Moreau

Key Subtractions: RW Greg Moore, D Nathan Paetsch, D Mathieu Roy

Just two years ago, the Columbus Blue Jackets were a dark-horse playoff team with limitless potential. But as the competition around them has gotten better, the Blue Jackets have tread water and are losing ground minute by minute.

Similar to other cellar-dwelling teams in the NHL, the Blue Jackets have made a cosmetic change behind the bench, with Rick Arniel taking over a squad that has yet to win a playoff game. The roster remains veritably unchanged from the previous season, in which the Jackets ship capsized roughly one month before the postseason. The Blue Jackets finished with 79 points, good for last place in the Central Division.

Rick Nash has always been known as a natural goal scorer, but statistically, he has only twice been a point-per-game player. Nash is always on the cusp of 40 goa ...

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