At the end of last season, the Columbus Blue Jackets missed the playoffs for the ninth time in their 10-year franchise history.
General manager Scott Howson knew if he didn't make some necessary changes, he could soon be out of a job.
Howson promised that changes would be made at the end of the year and he kept to his word, making a huge splash by acquiring All-Star center Jeff Carter right before the NHL entry draft.
Howson was not done as the team acquired the rights to defenseman James Wisniewski days before the free agency period began and signed him to a six-year extension just hours before other teams had a shot at signing him.
Columbus has clearly improved the outlook of the team with the new additions, and they'll surely need it playing in the very strong Western Conference. The hype that surrounding the city is to the point where anything but the playoffs would be seen as a disappointment.
As competitive as the Blue Jackets have become, most believe that they will fall just short of their second playoff berth in franchise history.
There are still several questions surrounding the team that could be the downfall of the Blue Jackets after such a monumental offseason.