Columbus Blue Jackets: 5 Issues Facing the Team in the Offseason

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Columbus Blue Jackets: 5 Issues Facing the Team in the Offseason
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This season has been nothing but a disaster for the Columbus Blue Jackets.

After the most aggressive offseason in franchise history, trading away their first-round pick for center Jeff Carter and signing top free-agent defenseman James Wisniewski, the Jackets were prepared to emerge as a contender in the Western Conference.

However, after a preseason suspension to Wisniewski and Carter struggling with injuries early, Columbus stumbled out of the gate and found themselves at the bottom of the NHL standings.

This would bring about several trade rumors, including Carter asking for a trade in November and the Jackets looking for a goaltender to replace the struggling Steve Mason.

The most surprising event to happen during the season was when the Jackets' front office made it known that the captain and face of the franchise, Rick Nash, was available before the February trade deadline.

Columbus made it clear what they wanted in return and it seemed that not many teams were willing to agree to such a hefty payment for Nash's services.

As the trade deadline came and went, the Jackets were able to trade Jeff Carter to the Los Angeles Kings for a first-round pick and Jack Johnson, but Nash remained with the team.

Many believe that Nash will still be traded in the offseason as teams will be more willing to give the Jackets what they want in return.

Whether or not the team will trade him this offseason is just one of the several issues the Jackets will have to deal with this offseason.

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