The Columbus Blue Jackets, with high hopes coming into last season, ended up with the worst record in the league. They needed huge moves this off-season, especially with the loss of Jeff Carter and Rick Nash.
Unfortunately for the Blue Jackets, Rick Nash demanded a trade near the end of the season. After a few weeks, the trade involving Rick Nash finally came through. Unluckily for them, they were on the wrong side of the deal. From New York Rangers, they got in return Artem Anisimov, Brian Dubinsky, and I believe a draft pick. Jeff Carter was traded earlier in the season to the Kings for defenseman Jack Johnson and a 1st round pick. The Blue Jackets also lost Aaron Johnson, Darryl Boyce, Brett Lebda, and Radek Martinek. They’re all good players, but not all-stars by any means.
They did have good free-agent signings this off-season, though. The 1st one is Tim Erixson; he’s not a star defenseman, but I believe he can bring some depth to the team. They also signed Nick Foligno, who can put some points throughout the season. Adrian Aucoin came in as well. He is a good offensive defenseman, Who can put up 40 points in a season. Problem is he can be inconsistent, having around 30 points 1 year, but under 10 the next. I would say the best free-agent signing was goalie Sergei Bobrovski. He is a solid goaltender to go along with Steve Mason.
I wouldn’t say that these off-season moves will put them in position to qualify for the playoffs. I believe it’s a step forward, but they still have some more work to do if they want to make the postseason.