|Your reconstituted National Hockey League|
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2. If you like games against former Blue Jackets coaches, you're in luck - No fewer than five games a season against Ken Hitchcock and his St. Louis Blues. Same goes for former CBJ interim Claude Noel and his Winnipeg Jets. Of course these coaches won't be in these jobs forever, but the league will likely realign again in 5-10 years...
3. The Columbus Blue Jackets will save a lot of money - No longer are there two trips out to the West Coast or Western Canada. Just one.
|No, this didn't happen. But dang, it would have been great.|
5. The Blue Jackets will save a lot of money - When your team is run by a finance guy, this is really important. So I'm guessing he meant it when he said it was "a fantastic night" for the Blue Jackets. Seriously, it probably is significant to putting the CBJ closer to the black. And while the Blue Jackets aren't going anywhere until 2039 at the earliest - presuming the Arena deal is carried out - financial stability is always a nice thing to have in your back pocket.
Bonus number 6. The Hockey Operations seats just got that much hotter - If you thought that there was pressure to make the top 8 of the current Western Conference and snag a playoff seed, imagine how it's going to feel knowing you are going to be expected to compete for one of four playoff spots against...hell, everyone except Winnipeg looks tough right now. Five current Western Conference teams are in playoff position right now, including the top four seeds of Minnesota, Chicago, Dallas and Detroit. A rejuvenated (new coach bump, perhaps) St. Louis is in 6th, and you can't count Nashville out - period. Hope that money that you saved was worth it, Blue Jackets, because the playoffs look really, really far away right now. And Lord have mercy on Scott Howson and Scott Arniel, because they have to navigate this minefield.