Resolving Lockout a Major Key to Turning Around Struggling Columbus Blue Jackets

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Resolving Lockout a Major Key to Turning Around Struggling Columbus Blue Jackets
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The National Hockey League's labour strike spells trouble for every fan, player and organization on a variety of platforms. The first is obviously the absence of watching any games being played. Then there are the financial aspects of the dispute that have been the very cause of this ugly stalemate that now threatens to drag an entire season off the calendar.

However, for the Columbus Blue Jackets, the lockout could become more than just an unfortunate dispute. It now has the potential to jeopardize the future of their franchise.

For a team that has struggled to string together stretches of winning hockey, sell tickets or the sport in its home city, it needs a resolution to come quickly. The reason? The upcoming 2012-13 NHL entry draft scheduled to be held next year in June.

Columbus currently holds three first-round draft picks to that event, one that's boasting a very deep talent pool and the opportunity to bring some game-changing talent home that could help turn its misfortunes into a bright future.

Coming off a blockbuster trade of their former captain and franchise star, Rick Nash to the New York Rangers, it's clear that this team knows it needs to come away with some quality assets or its going to continue to struggle with both attendance and on-ice success.

The Blue Jackets have the pieces in place, all they need now is a shortened season to begin sooner rather than later and to finish dead last at the conclusion of it. The good news for them is that both scenarios look possible.

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