FanSided 30-in-30: Columbus Blue Jackets

I had a rough weekend, but thankfully, football and the Leafs’ rookie tourney were there for me today to nurse me through the resulting hangover. In the meantime, our NHL team continued our 30-in-30 project, with the good folks over at Fire That Cannon filling us in on the outlook for the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Columbus has the misfortune of being one of those teams in a small market city, stuck in a division with some serious powerhouses, including Original Six franchises in Chicago and Detroit. That generally leads to them being overlooked, and they haven’t done much to warrant getting any more attention with just a single playoff appearance since the team’s inception. That all changed this summer, when the Blue Jackets’ management team went out and finally got superstar Rick Nash some legitimate scoring help in the form of star center Jeff Carter.

“Blue Jacket fans breathed an enormous collective sigh of relief in June with the addition of Carter, finally giving the CBJ the top-line center that has been missing from the lineup for years. This is far and away the most significant move the Jackets made during the summer. Carter was an NHL all-star in Philadelphia, and by all accounts a great addition to the locker room and franchise. He may not have been initially thrilled with the trade away from the Flyers, the only other NHL team for whom he’s played in his career, but he has to be excited to line up next to one of the league’s legitimate superstars, Rick Nash. Captain Nash was instrumental in welcoming Carter to Columbus, traveling with GM Scott Howson and Coach Scott Arniel for the team’s initial meeting with the newly-acquired center. Here’s hoping the Jackets’ two most talented offensive players can team up for much success in 2011 and beyond.”

Check out the rest of the Blue Jackets’ season preview here.

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