COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Columbus Blue Jackets made almost no changes to their roster after missing the NHL playoffs last season.
No wonder almost no one looks at the franchise, entering its 10th season, as having a viable shot at making the postseason in 2010-11.
The only player the Blue Jackets have added is noted leader and gritty competitor Ethan Moreau, a hard-nosed veteran and former captain of the Edmonton Oilers.
But general manager Scott Howson cleaned out all the coaches who were around for last season's disappointing 32-35-15 campaign and brought in Scott Arniel, an innovative thinker and coach at Manitoba of the American Hockey League. Arniel then hired an energetic staff.
Now the Jackets are thinking a fresh outlook could provide the change they need.