Will there be any power this season to the Jackets 30th ranked powerplay? If not can they pull off a repeat performance and make the post season for the 2nd straight season despite it?
2. Nikita chic-Fila-tov
He'll make the team but where does he fit and will he be happy?
3. U-haul.... Budget...Two Men and a Truck.... don't really care who -- just get me a puck mover!
Lot's of defending defensemen in the Jackets top 6 but the only true puck mover is Kris Russell. Does Howson swing a deal to bring in another body or does he hope guys like Russell and Tyutin improve from within to fix the problem? ..and then who steps up to fill that 7th spot?
Chimera, Modin, Torres, Boll, Dorsett, Murray, Picard, Blunden... lot's of names for the 4 bottom 6 wing spots. Perhaps there is a trade to be made to get some relief?
5. FRAGILE rock
The Jackets need Brassard to stay healthy. In fact they really can't afford any long term injuries to any of their key players. Can they stay healthy?
6. Gimmie a signed Vermette
Does Howson ink Antoinne Vermette to an extension before the regular season starts?
Fear the dreaded sophomore slump. Can Mase stage an encore performance or does the NHL figure him out in year 2?
8. Weird science
With only 2 new faces expected in the starting lineup, how does the team chemistry mesh this year right out of the gate?
9. Order of the Phoenix
The Jackets had their problems with team like Phoenix (0-4) and St. Louis (1-4-1) last season. They can't afford to give up those kinds of points in a tight Western Conference that seems to have gotten only better -- how do they respond?
10. Captain Cash
Nash was shown the cash and in by doing so the Columbus Blue Jackets sent out a loud and clear message that he is their guy -- does he reward them with a career year and back to back trips to the playoffs?
HM: Sammy better than Manny?
The Dispatch has reported that Manny was willing to sign for 2 mil a year -- his replacement in Sammy Pahlsson got 2.650. Will he be worth the extra 650k?
Wednesday, September 2, 2009