Despite having the 30th ranked PP in the league yet still finishing 7th in the Western Conference The Hockey News predicts the Jackets to finish a spot lower in the standings but still squeak into the Stanley Cup playoff picture.
I won't argue that both Nash and Mason will have to continue to be key ingredients for this team to find success but I think they are vastly under-estimating what a full year of Brassard and Vermette can do down the middle in addition to Pahlsson and what another year of development for guys like Voracek and Filatov could add to this squad.
Until they find a puck moving right handed gun I do believe the powerplay will continue to struggle which will ultimately cost us any hopes of having home ice advantage in the first round.
As of today my prediction is 6th in the West.
This story is a real headscratcher for me.
I had a buddy call up the Blue Jackets ticket department hoping to spend $250 dollars of Blue Jackets gift certificates on one of those 6 game packages.
Sounds like a slam dunk right?
Not so fast Chimera.
He was told sorry, they cannot accept gift certificates to purchase the 6 game packages as gift cards only work through ticketmaster.
Let me get this straight. A paying customer using Jackets branded gift cards tries to redeem those for actual game tickets where he will spend even more money on parking, concessions and most likely merchandise and you say 'no' and end the call without a sale?
This is precisely what drives customers and fans absolutely insane to the point where they just say screw it. I don't care what it takes but you never say 'no' to a paying customer -- you find a way to make it work.
I understand there is process and policy -- I deal with that crap every day.
Never let the process work you, you work the process.
Message to CBJ ticket reps - we don't need any more reasons to dress fans up as empty blue seats.
Yahoo Sports chimes in with their offseason power rankings:
17. Columbus Blue Jackets – We’re not sure what to make of this, but the Blue Jackets have never needed salary arbitration to decide what negotiations between player and management could not. Defenseman Marc Methot(notes) agreed to a two-year deal to avoid a hearing this summer.
They should have just stuck to hangin their hat onto the "Jackets Powerplay stinks" line than to whatever this is supposed to mean.
Bright side... it's better than being ranked bottom 10 which is where the Jackets typically start out on these deals.
Baby steps grasshopper.