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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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