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Blue Jackets have reason to believe

Originally Published: August 3, 2004
By Scott Burnside | Special to ESPN.com

MacLean The Columbus Blue Jackets are like the kid that prepares like crazy for all his exams but sleeps in, misses the bus or can't remember where the test is being held.

For a fourth straight year, the new kids on the NHL block appeared to have taken the necessary steps to move beyond the "expansion" label and perhaps challenge for their first playoff berth only to see those plans implode.

The Blue Jackets acquired Stanley Cup-winning defenseman Darryl Sydor in what appeared to ...

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