The Columbus Blue Jackets are the oddest team of the bunch to join the Philadelphia Flyers and the other former Atlantic Division castoffs in the Metropolitan Division. They’ve had a mostly miserable existence in the Western Conference, getting picked on by teams like the Detroit Red Wings (who are in the NEW Atlantic Division — is this confusing enough for you?) and the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Blue Jackets made a nice push for the playoffs last year, but came up a few points short. Oddly enough, they already have some division ties between a couple of major trades with the New York Rangers and the Flyers. Can the Blue Jackets build upon that success and actually make a successful franchise in Columbus, Ohio?
No, probably not.
It’s Columbus, the most boring city in the NHL!
I think it’s near Ohio State.
It is in fact Columbus.
The Blue Jackets have a decent set of sweaters now, but they started off in the NHL with this duo of meh. The stars in the CB logo make it look more like it’s bedazzled than patriotic. Still, they looked better than the Thrashers ever did.
Sergei Bobrovsky – The former Flyers goaltender strapped the Blue Jackets to his back and nearly dragged them into the playoffs himself. He put up a 2.00 GAA, .932 save percentage, had four shutouts, and won the Vezina for his efforts. BOB might be out for vengeance against the Flyers this season. It could get ugly for the orange and black. You can bet on that!
Here’s the required video of Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole yelling BOBROVSKY!
Marian Gaborik – The former New York Rangers scoring leader was dealt at the trade deadline last year after a disappointing season for the Rags. A revitalized Gaborik could be a difference maker for Columbus. The real question is, will he be able to just buy a Christmas tree on the street in Columbus and carry it up to his home? Probably not. Poor Gabby
Nathan Horton – The former Bruin signed a 7 year, $37.1 million contract with the Jackets this past offseason and is expected to be one of the team’s leaders. Horton was a vital cog for the Bruins the past few years, as well as being the source of countless horrible Dr. Seuss puns.
Jack Johnson – Another source of horrible puns, although far fewer, Jack Johnson is an offensive defenseman. He’s actually barely a defenseman at all. But they love him in Columbus because they traded him for the grumpiest Canadian of all time, the beach-loving Jeff Carter.
Todd Richards - I got nothin’.
Key Offseason Moves
Signing Nathan Horton. They backed up a truck with so many Whos to hear and green eggs and ham and oh my god I hate myself.
Division prediction: Seventh
Look, Gaborik is streaky and I don’t think Nathan Horton should be your star player. I love and miss Sergei Bobrovsky, but he needs to put together another couple solid years and prove he’s not the Russian Jim Carey (no, not Ace Ventura, the former Caps goalie). The Blue Jackets might benefit financially from the move to the east, but they won’t benefit in the wins column.