Not a nightmare at all. The Nash trade, the gaborik trade, getting Bobrovsky, and still getting some picks is a WAY better way of rebuilding than the Edmonton way.
Columbus added okay players that can contribute up and down the lineup. They're actually building a team to be competitive now. Draft picks will add depth and skill to a team that is very hard working. I expect the BJs to be competitive team for the next few years and then take it to the next level.
Moving to the Atlantic will benefit them BIG TIME.
The Blue Jackets have had three good seasons: 2000, 2008 and 2012.... The most exciting and hard fought has been 2012.. Even Columbus Dispatch professional writers coined the Saturday game vs. the Nashville Predators "as likely the most meaningful regular-season game in the history of what will be a sold-out Nationwide Arena."
It's been the best dream not nightmare, it has defined a new era.... More to come.
I think it was important for CBus to generate something before their move to the East. Right away they gain an important rivalry with Detroit between both of them being in the Central division coming East and having fought for this playoff spot. They've also got some intrigue with the Rangers for all the players that have switched.
I think they've started to establish their identity and hopefully they can build on this success (so long as it doesn't come at the expense of the Leafs, of course).
This was almost the complete opposite of a nightmare. This just shows good signs to come.
Thats under the false assumption teams always improve year to year. Remember how the young Oilers with Cogliano and Gagne were gonna be a playoff force? Goes to show how teams that show promise can sink back to the bottom.