NHL News: New Signings Jeff Carter and James Wisniewski bolster Columbus Blue Jackets.

7/25/11 in NHL   |   michaelquinto2   |   27 respect

The Columbus Blue Jacket’s fans are really looking forward to the new season, following the recent player acquisitions.

The new arrivals have transformed the team overall and the management, players, and fans expect the next season to be a big one for the Blue Jackets. The team finished 13th in the Western Conference ranking and look to improve on that in the coming season.

The franchise has recently signed former Philadelphia star Jeff Carter, along with Montreal defenseman James Wisniewski. Both the players are solid performers in their respective positions and would add a much needed fear factor to the squad. Both of the players were in awe when they were drafted to Columbus but now believe that they actually have the chance to be outstanding for the team. Wearing the Famous number 7 shirt, Carter claimed that he believes he can perform on his level best and appreciated the his new team mates.

"You look at the roster, you have a goalie like Steve Mason and he's shown what he can do in this League. Guys like Rick Nash and R.J. Umberger -- there are some real good hockey players on this team. I don't see any reason why we can't be in the playoffs," stated the center player.

All credit goes to Columbus boss Scott Howson for snapping up the two players. The manager had planned to shake things up this season and getting Carter through an epic transfer was just what he needed. Also, signing defenseman Wisniewski is a major boost to the squad.

The manager claimed that adding an additional attacker in the form of Wisniewski, along with a strong defender is just what the club needed to turn things around. Howson labeled the signings as the “difference makers”.

According to Howson, adding a strong offensive scorer and an equally strong defender is what his team was really lacking and that it would make all the difference.

"If you look at all the top teams in the NHL, all the contenders, they're all strong down the middle", stated the manager.

Center attacker Carter was the 11th pick overall during the NHL entry draft by Philadelphia in 2003 and has since spent six seasons with the team. He is moving for the first time since then and is one of the leading scorers in the league. For the past three consecutive years, the player has managed to bag 60+ points and his scoring rate would be pivotal for the Blue Jackets next season.

James Wisniewski, on the other hand, is an experienced defender and has already signed six mega contracts worth in excess of 33 million dollars. The 27-year old does his fair amount of pooling in attack as well, as he bagged 51 points last season, scoring 10 times and managing 41 assists. His scoring rate makes him one of the leading point taking defenders in the game.

 

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7/25/11   |   HULL_17   |   2495 respect

Jess wrote:
It'll be nice if this works out, to see them step it up and provide even more competition in that division. While it was scary, it was a lot of fun in the Pacific last season with all of the teams fighting for the top.

will make the central a lot tougher. now if only st. louis could get their act together...

7/25/11   |   Jess   |   34439 respect

It'll be nice if this works out, to see them step it up and provide even more competition in that division. While it was scary, it was a lot of fun in the Pacific last season with all of the teams fighting for the top.

7/25/11   |   HULL_17   |   2495 respect

man...looks like columbus is going to be a contender in the Central...Damn. =|