30 NHL Previews in 30 Days - Columbus Blue Jackets.


This update came after I came home late from work, and just did not want to get on the computer.  The eighth preview comes from the home of the Buckeye.  Columbus is the next team.  After a disappointing season, what is the outlook for the Jackets?  Joe Reader from Fire That Cannon gives us the following excerpt:

“Is it October yet?” This is a question that I’ve heard countless times as the buzz picks up for the upcoming Blue Jackets season. I’m happy to say we’re almost there, Columbus.

In about a month — Friday, October 7th, to be exact — the Jackets will take the ice for the first game of the 2011-12 campaign, welcoming (hopefully not warmly) the Nashville Predators to Nationwide Arena. It should prove to be an interesting CBJ season, with some big moves this offseason leading to some pretty high hopes for the Union Blue faithful. In this edition of the Weekly Reader, we’ll take a look at some of the things you’ll need to know leading into the season.

Key Arrivals
Jeff Carter, C (traded from Philadelphia)
James Wisniewski, D (signed in free agency)
Mark Dekanich, G (signed in free agency)

Key Departures
Jakub Voracek, RW (traded to Philadelphia)
Nikita Filatov, LW (traded to Ottawa)
Jan Hejda, D (signed with Colorado)
Mathieu Garon, G (signed with Tampa Bay)

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.

To check out the fill preview – click on this link:

http://firethatcannon.com/2011/09/08/cbj-season-preview/

Dallas should be updating today, and we should see Edmonton and Florida as well over the weekend.  Our preview will be next Sunday.  Stay tuned for that.