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5 Questions the Columbus Blue Jackets Must Answer by October

5 Questions the Blue Jackets Must Answer by October

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Last season, the Blue Jackets made it to the playoffs for the second time in franchise history. The Blue Jackets have come a long way, but with the NHL preseason right around the corner, the Blue Jackets have questions they must address by October.

5. Will the Blue Jackets Have a Captain?

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5. Will the Blue Jackets Have a Captain?

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Every team needs leadership, but not having an official leader on the ice has somehow worked for the Blue Jackets. If head coach Todd Richards decides to take a different approach this season and elect an official leader, it should be done before October.

4. Will Scott Hartnell be a Good Fit?

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4. Will Scott Hartnell be a Good Fit?

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Scott Hartnell was acquired in a trade that sent R.J. Umberger to the Philadelphia Flyers. Umberger wanted out of Columbus, but was trading him for Hartnell the right move? Hartnell's performance has been on the decline, but on the plus side, he will add a different dynamic to the Blue Jackets' lineup. The Blue Jackets need to spend their preseason finding the right linemates for Hartnell.

3. Will the Blue Jackets Start the Season With Guns Blazing?

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3. Will the Blue Jackets Start the Season With Guns Blazing?

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Despite having a slow start, the Blue Jackets made it to the playoffs last season for the first time since 2009. If the Blue Jackets want to prove that they are real Stanley Cup contenders, then they need to hit the ice and start the season how a champion team would finish one.

2. How Will Nathan Horton Perform After His Injuries?

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2. How Will Nathan Horton Perform After His Injuries?

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The Blue Jackets' future began to look a little brighter after acquiring Stanley Cup champion Nathan Horton. Unfortunately, Horton spent most of his first season with the Blue Jackets sidelined with shoulder and abdominal problems. Horton will prove to be a pivotal piece to the Blue Jackets' puzzle, but only if he is able to come back fully rehabbed.

1. Will the Blue Jackets and Ryan Johansen Come to a Contract Agreement?

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1. Will the Blue Jackets and Ryan Johansen Come to a Contract Agreement?

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The answer to that question is most likely yes, but the Blue Jackets and Johansen still remain far apart when it comes to terms of salary. Both parties have agreed on an appropriate contract length, but with preseason starting in a few weeks, they are cutting it close.

Amanda Sklarek is a Pittsburgh Penguins/NHL writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter @amandabukowski, “Like” her on Facebook or add her to your network on Google.