Conference Outlook: Columbus BlueJackets

[AUTHOR’S NOTE: This was written for The Broad Street Bully, a blog and podcast my friend Drew and I started based off of our mutual interest in the Philadelphia Flyers. See it on http://broadstreetbully.net.]

It’s that time of the year to take a subjective look at the teams that share the Metropolitan division with the Flyers.  As a Flyers fan, you’re aware of what the Flyers have done to make the team better this offseason.  But you may not know what other teams have done.  So, I went through the past articles from this offseason for every Metropolitan team and compiled a list of the moves that I think will affect the division standings the most this upcoming season.

Every team has signings and releases that they go through every offseason.  I’m not worried too much about every move the team has made since the season ended.  I focused more on the moves that I think will have the biggest impact on the team’s play next season.

After the jump, we look at the Columbus BlueJackets.

The BlueJackets resigned Matt Calvert.  This should be a good resigning for the BlueJackets.  Calvert is the type of player you want on your team because he plays hard every game.  He may not always put points on the board but you don’t have to question his effort.

The BlueJackets also resigned backup goalie, Curtis McElhinney.  Between Bobrovsky and McElhinny, the BlueJackets have a decent goalie tandem that should help them steal some games this year.

The biggest splash the Blue Jackets made this offseason was acquiring Brandon Saad from the Blackhawks.  They then immediately resigned Saad to the lengthy contract.  The BlueJackets appear to have some faith in him to really help make the team better.  It’s still undetermined if Saad will have the intended impact that the BlueJackets are hoping for but they’re hoping he does.

Final overview: The BlueJackets had a memorable playoff series against the Penguins in 2014 but just missed the playoffs last year.  I chalk this up more to the division realignment then anything else.  The BlueJackets have all their talent coming together now and the addition of Saad might bolster their offense just enough to win a good amount of games.

Will they challenge for a playoff spot?  I think they will.  If not, Scott Hartnell will still do a good job of falling down a lot.

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