Originally written on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 11/20/14
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The Columbus Blue Jackets began their season as many of the pundits expected, starting their National Hockey League (NHL) lockout-shortened season by posting a record of 5-12-2 and seemed slated to grab one of the upcoming NHL Entry Draft’s lottery picks in June.  However, ignited by the seismic shakeup at the top of the organization in firing former General Manager (GM) Scott Howson and hiring Jarmo Kekalainen to replace the embattled Howson, the Blue Jackets went on a tear during March, going 8-0-4 for the majority of the month and 10-2-5 going into the NHL’s trade deadline on April 3rd. With an overall record of 15-14-7, the Blue Jackets and Kekalainen seemed hamstrung:  any designs on nabbing on of the elite players seemed futile, the playoffs, while certainly possible, seemed to be doubtful due to having the majority of their remaining games away from Nationwide Arena, this for a team who has struggled on the road with a 4-10-2 record and the Blue Jackets struggled mightily sc...
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