Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/04/05 at 03:56 PM ET
The Columbus Blue Jackets' biggest ally heading into the 2005-2006 season, believe it or not, is the barren landscape left by last year's lockout. Some of the game's top players have retired or have joined new teams. The richest teams pared salaries and the have-nots have bulked up. It's been a wild and eventful summer since the lockout officially ended. Into the breach step teams like the Blue Jackets, their core players still around from teams that weren't all that competitive, who filled in some gaps and hope to make up ground while others struggle to gain (or regain) their identity. "In my 21 years in the league this is the most exciting, because nobody really has a clue what will happen," Blue Jackets president and general manager Doug MacLean told team boosters at a meet-the-team luncheon Monday. "Nobody has any idea of who's going to win the Western Conference, who's going to win the East and certainly not who's going to win the Stanley Cup.
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