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The Columbus Blue Jackets are a professional ice hockey team based in Columbus, Ohio, United States. They are members of the Central Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). They are the easternmost team located in the Western Conference, being only a three hour drive along Interstate 70 from the nearest Eastern Conference team, the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Preceded in Ohio’s capital by the Columbus Chill of the ECHL and the state of Ohio in general by the Cleveland Barons, the Blue Jackets were founded as an expansion team in 2000. The team qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in 2009. They had previously been the only active NHL team not to qualify.
The Blue Jackets’ name and logos were inspired by Ohio’s rich Civil War history. Rick Nash, David Vyborny, Ray Whitney, Fredrik Modin, Steve Mason, Geoff Sanderson, R. J. Umberger and Sergei Fedorov are some of the prominent NHL figures to have donned a Columbus jersey. In February 2010 Ken Hitchcock was fired as head coach; Scott Arniel was hired as the new head coach on June 7, 2010.Current general manager Scott Howson started in 2007. The Blue Jackets play their home games in downtown Columbus at Nationwide Arena, which opened in 2000.
In the summer of 2005, rugged Colorado Avalanche defenseman Adam Foote agreed to a 3-year deal with the team.Heading into the 2005/06 season, it appeared the Blue Jackets would finally take the next step and make the playoffs. Instead, injuries to Nash, Klesla, and Gilbert Brule, the team’s 2005 first-round pick, led to the team putting up a dismal 9/25/1 record through its first 35 games.
Superstar Sergei Fedorov was acquired from the Anaheim Mighty Ducks; Anaheim received Tyler Wright and Francois Beauchemin, and later claimed Todd Marchant off waivers. While again failing to make the playoffs, Columbus did manage to improve. They had the best overtime record in the NHL (14/4) and finished the season with franchise records for wins (35) and points.For the first time ever, they earned a third-place finish in the Central Division, behind Detroit and Nashville.
The 2006/07 season saw several changes made to the team. In the offseason, Marc Denis was dealt to the Tampa Bay Lightning for forward Fredrik Modin and goaltending prospect Fredrik Norrena, making way for Pascal Leclaire to take the starting job. The Blue Jackets also signed Anson Carter when it looked as if Nikolai Zherdev would be playing the season in Russia; in late September, however, Zherdev and General Manager Doug MacLean were able to reach a compromise.
Partway through the season, on November 13, 2006, Gerard Gallant was relieved of his duties as head coach. The next day, Gary Agnew was named his interim replacement.
On November 22, Ken Hitchcock, former coach of the Dallas Stars and Philadelphia Flyers, was named the new head coach, effective the following day. Under Hitchcock’s first year, two milestones were set: on December 10, 2006, the Blue Jackets scored a team-record five power-play goals in a 6/2 win over the Ottawa Senators, and on April 3, 2007, the Blue Jackets broke the modern-day record for most times being shut-out in a season (16) with a 3/0 loss to the Detroit Red Wings.
On August 22, 2008, the Johnstown Chiefs were announced as the new ECHL affiliate for the Blue Jackets, as well as their AHL affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch.
During the 2008/09 NHL season, the Blue Jackets made two trades which greatly played to their benefit. Forward Jason Williams was acquired from the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for defenseman Clay Wilson and a sixth-round draft pick.
The Blue Jackets were also involved with the first major deal of the 2009 NHL Trade Deadline, by trading goaltender Pascal Leclaire and a second-round draft pick to the Ottawa Senators for skilled center Antoine Vermette. The changes in scenery benefited both players and the Jackets; Williams scored 28 points in his first 36 games as a Jacket, while Vermette scored 11 points in his first 14 games with the team.
On April 8, 2009, the Columbus Blue Jackets secured the first Stanley Cup Playoff berth in the franchise’s nine-year history with a 4-3 shootout win over the Chicago Blackhawks.
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