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Decisions For Columbus

from the Columbus Dispatch,
The Blue Jackets underwent a slow, painful transition in 2005-06. They gained an inkling of what it takes to win. It was the most important development of the season. It took six years, but at least their fans saw some growth. The trick now is to maintain the momentum, or build on it, and the next phase is critical. Like the vast majority of their NHL brethren, the Blue Jackets have a pile of unrestricted free agents, some of them key players. The summer signing season will be merely crazy if half the unrestricted free agents test the market. It might go beyond crazy. Next year, the salary-cap ceiling is expected to rise, from $39 million to perhaps as much as $46 million. The Jackets will have a few bucks — say, $10 million — to fool around with, right? "The cap is a nonissue to me because we cannot afford to go to the cap," MacLean said. "There’s a group (of teams) that can, but there’s a lot of us that can’t, based on sound business principles. It’s the team and the internal budget that has to make sense."
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