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Despite a watershed season, Blue Jackets GM and head coach have designs on something better

Thursday, 05.01.2014 / 4:55 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Despite a watershed season, Blue Jackets GM and head coach have designs on something better

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Having taken some big steps by making the playoffs and then winning two games, the Columbus Blue Jackets are aiming higher.

They want to contend for a Stanley Cup.

General manager Jarmo Kekalainen and coach Todd Richards said Thursday they believe that to become a truly dangerous team the Blue Jackets must get faster.

Richards was pleased with the season despite Monday night's first-round ouster by Pittsburgh in Game 6. But he said his team — with the 15th-best record among the 16 playoff teams — was still only "middle of the road."

Now, with a taste of success that inspired and expanded the fan base, the front office wants to build on the accomplishments.

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We want to make sure that whoever makes our team really makes our team by earning it and not putting them in situations where they get preference because of their status as a first-round pick or whatever it might be. That's not going to happen. Everybody has to earn their way on our team.

— Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen on the team's prospects at development camp