Bluejackets Ready To Leave Hive?
The Columbus Blue Jackets, many thought this town did not deserve a professional hockey club. It was soon seen that they could not compete against the national hockey leagues high payroll teams, yet this club may be one of the future Stanley Cup contendors, possibly making a run for the playoffs next season. With Rick Nash being the number one draft pick last year, the blue jackets proved to have a leader in wich this team desperitly was in need of. Nash proved to be a solid goal scorer with the help of Espen Knutsen and Geoff Sanderson.
The most important factor in the blue jackets lineup was the works of the 25 year old goaltender Marc Denis. After getting the chance to prove himself after the departure of Ron Tugnutt, Denis posted some solid numbers and set a leauge record for most minutes in a season. Showing the nhl that he deserved to be there and in my mind will become one of the most respected players in the game down the road.
After failing to make a run for the playoffs the blue jackets have seen that something needs to be done in order to become a respected team. As it looks, Ray Whitney will be leaving this city and taking a new job in Hockeytown. Yet the Columbus will not let that stand in the way. After aquiring Todd Marchant and Trevor Letowski it was seen the would have some help that would join Nash,Knutsen,and Sanderson. There forwards were becoming more expierienced and are for the most part, some pretty decent goal scores. Now with Klesa showing he could be a leader on defense the jackets lokked to gain a defensmen in which to pay aside Klesa. Darrly Sydor joined the Swarm of ready to sting blue jackets, after being included as probaly being the biggest name in the three team deal involving Dallas and Phoenix. Although losing Mike sillinger, i do not think he will be missed after seeing sydor come to this team.
Will this team be a Stanley Cup Contendor? It is very possible for them to see a playoff run, a stanley cup may take awhile, but this team is full of potetial and in my mind will become one of the leagues best teams in upcoming years.