Columbus Blue Jackets: Evaluating the Offseason Moves

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Columbus Blue Jackets: Evaluating the Offseason Moves
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At a point when many thought it could not get any worse for the Columbus Blue Jackets, Saturday's game against the Philadelphia Flyers proved the Jackets are the worst team in the NHL. The Jackets gave up eight goals in just 40 minutes and were embarrassed in a 9-2 beat-down.

During the offseason, the expectations for the Blue Jackets were the highest they have been in some time when general manager Scott Howson was the most aggressive he has been in his tenure with Columbus.

Howson traded away the team's first-round pick for Jeff Carter and signed defenseman James Wisniewski during free agency. The team also signed goaltender Mark Dekanich, defenseman Radek Martinek, and Vinny Prospal to finish out their roster for opening night.

However, like any season, teams are forced to deal with injuries and Columbus was given a huge road block in the first month of the season.

To start things off, Wisniewski was dealt a eight-game suspension during the preseason after an illegal hit at the end of regulation against the Minnesota Wild.

Dekanich, who had an opportunity to take over as the team's No. 1, injured his ankle before the beginning of the season and spent the entire month of October on the sidelines.

To make matters worse, the Jackets would also lose Carter, as well as Martinek that put the Blue Jackets in a huge hole and they have yet to get themselves out of it.

The Blue Jackets and the rest of the league had little time to see what type of impact these new signings could bring to the team.

So let's take a look at the results of the latest acquisitions so far.

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