Expectations? The Columbus Blue Jackets certainly have a few.
Last season didn’t go in favor of the Blue Jackets, a year removed from a memorable run to the Stanley Cup Playoffs where they put a scare into the Pittsburgh Penguins in Round 1. It seemed every week there was a new injury, which resulted in Columbus ending with the most man games lost due to injury in the NHL (393).
Now it’s a new summer for the Blue Jackets and a fresh start awaits them along with an added weapon up front in Brandon Saad.
The June 30 trade was a bit of a shocker, but it also showed the type of faith the Blue Jackets brass have in their current roster that they could add a young star in Saad as a piece to the puzzle.
Saad also is now the team’s highest paid skater, carrying a $6 million cap hit for the next six seasons. He’s scored 23 and 19 goals in each of the past two seasons, respectively. His pay check and the expectations that are now on the Blue Jackets to progress will come with pressure thatRead More »from Brandon Saad sees 'recipe for success' with Blue Jackets