The Columbus Blue Jackets became the NHL's lovable underdog last season, and their mad dash for a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs after a slow start to the shortened season came up just short.
What looked like a long-term rebuilding project for new general manager Jarmo Kekalainen might not be that now with a Vezina Trophy-winning goaltender, a potentially deep defense corps, and new frontline talents at forward. Marian Gaborik arrived before the NHL Trade Deadline, and Nathan Horton joined him as one of the marquee free agent signings.
Beyond signing Horton to a seven-year, $37.1 million contract, it has been a remarkably quiet offseason in Columbus. The Blue Jackets didn't add any players on one-way contracts or lose anyone to a one-way deal to another team. They had three first-round picks at the 2013 NHL Draft and ended up staying put and making each of the selections.