Well, the 2020-21 Blue Jackets season is officially over, and while it was a truncated 56 games, this team certainly packed in more than enough drama to fill an 82-game season and then some.
In a league that once marketed itself as “soap opera-free” we felt like Columbus did their very best to refute that narrative, and so we give you the top five soap operas of the Blue Jackets’ season.
(As additional commentary on how nuts this season was, drama-wise, here’s a few things that didn’t make the cut for our Top 5 list: Pierre-Luc Dubois requests a trade; Max Domi’s healthy scratch; Mikko Koivu retires; Nick Foligno gets traded; John Tortorella decides not to return as coach; the off-season COVID outbreak; and wondering if John Davidson returns to Columbus. Whew.)
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#5: General Hospital – The Detroit Debacles
Columbus started to look like they might clinch a post-season spot after all when, in mid-March they held their own against eventual Division winner, Carolina, earning 2-0-1 in a four-game mini-series against the Hurricanes. Columbus was playing better and had their fans optimistic once again.
With playoff hopes once again present, albeit on life support, the team headed to Detroit…and went 0-2 to what was, at the time, one of the worst teams in the league. The Blue Jackets mustered only two goals against (checks notes) Calvin Pickard…