Fellow Columbusites, our beloved Blue Jackets were eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Monday after a six-game series with the Boston Bruins. This season was the Blue Jackets’ most successful in terms of playoff success and yielded one of the most impressive series in recent history, as the Jackets completely dismantled the No. 1 seed Tampa Bay Lightning.
Let’s relive some moments from that series, shall we?
There was also that really weird tweet from Buffalo Wild Wings, which, I’ll have you know, was founded in Columbus:
But, like most good things, the Jackets’ run came to an end against the Boston Bruins. After splitting the first four games of the series, Columbus dropped two in a row and were eliminated from playoff contention.
Next season, the Jackets will likely look very different. While at this year’s trade deadline the team was aggressive in finding pieces that could potentially bring a Stanley Cup to Columbus, lots of contracts are expiring.
Each of Sergei Bobrovsky, Keith Kinkaid, Adam McQuaid, Matt Duchene, Artemi Panarin and Ryan Dzingel will be unrestricted free agents, while Eric Robinson, Markus Hannikainen, Lukas Sedlak, Ryan Murray, Zach Werenski, Scott Harrington, Elvis Merzlikins and Joonas Korpisalo will be restricted free agents.
Many of those players made meaningful contributions during the playoff run (looking at you, Bob), and likely won’t be returning to Columbus as they find contracts elsewhere.