Why the Columbus Blue Jackets Should Not Have a Fire-Sale

Riley KuftaContributor IIIFebruary 17, 2012

COLUMBUS, OH - JANUARY 19:  Interim Head Coach Todd Richards of the Columbus Blue Jackets talks to his team during the game against the Nashville Predators at Nationwide Arena on January 19, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio.  The Predators defeated the Blue Jackets 3-0.  (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
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The Columbus Blue Jackets are hands down the worst team in the NHL this season; something that has come as a surprise to most, as the Jackets made some significant additions last summer.  

Trade rumors surrounding the Blue Jackets' roster have surfaced all season, as they usually do with a last place team.  

First, it was goalie Steve Mason who could be on the way out, then new acquisition Jeff Carter and now team captain Rick Nash.

Rumor has it that Nash has given the general manager a list of teams he'd be willing to waive his no trade clause for, leading to speculation that a fire-sale is on the way; but should it be?

As mentioned, the Blue Jackets had some significant new faces this season, including Jeff Carter, Vinny Prospal, and James Wisniewski; three offensively minded individuals to compliment Rick Nash.  

Unfortunately, an early suspension and injury troubles haven't allowed Carter and Wisniewski to learn each other's names, let alone find chemistry. In fact, the two have both been in the lineup for just 24 games of a possible 57. 

The Blue Jackets are a whopping 17 games below .500 at this point in the season; but in those 24 games, they're 10-10-4.

Is it good?

No, but not bad for two unfamiliar players, playing in front of the second-worst goaltending in the league.

Of course, holding on to Jeff Carter and Rick Nash doesn't mean the team doesn't have it's problems. They are still seriously depleted in net; which is something that needs attention.

Unless a miracle happens the Blue Jackets will have the first overall pick in the next draft, allowing them to either evaluate which goaltenders are set to hit the free agent market; or, if necessary, trade away their first overall pick for a prized goaltender such as Cory Schneider or Jonathan Bernier.  

If the Blue Jackets do elect to have a fire-sale and sell off their valuable assets, they'll likely suffer the repercussions for years to come.