Sunday, August 26, 2007

Columbus Blue Jackets 5 th spot in Division

Columbus Blue Jackets 5? Although the dismissal of former GM Doug MacLean is addition by subtraction, there's not nearly enough complementary additions nor additional subtractions to warrant dreams of the franchise's first playoff appearance.
Yes, a full season of Ken Hitchcock's tutelage will help Rick Nash, Nikolai Zherdev and Gilbert Brule round out their games, and new GM Scott Howson won't be fooled into ill-advised trades or signings of the Sergei Fedorov/Anson Carter variety. But ?-year-old Adam Foote remains their best defenseman, and goalie Pascal Leclaire has received more second chances than Steve Howe.
It's a long way up from where the Jackets finished last season. At this stage, positioning the ladder in the upright position is challenge enough.

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