There's simply no other way to say it - with the official introduction of Jeff Carter and James Wisniewski to Columbus yesterday, there was a buzz around town, and it dominated every level of coverage for the team.
Whew! Can you believe there's actually more to talk about?
In non-hockey related news, we ask a moment of silence for the space shuttle program after STS-135 returns home today. Thank you to all of the men and women who made it possible for us to go into space, and be a little more in touch with the universe around us.
Back down to earth, with all the excitement around the team, it's only natural to wonder how long until the regular season starts, and now there is a website to help.
On our side of things, DBJ reminds you about the open house tonight at Nationwide, and that now is a great time to jump on board here in Columbus.
Former Blackhawk Chris Campoli is now a UFA after the Blackhawks chose to walk away prior to arbitration. On the one hand, Scott Howson has said he's primarily looking for another top six forward, but Campoli might be another piece of depth for the Jackets' blue line, particularly if he might be willing to take a cheap 1 year deal to showcase himself.
Hockey's Future has a review of the Jackets' 2011 draft class. Call me crazy, but I like the fact that a lot of these guys are viewed as having something to prove. Hungry, motivated prospects make me think they'll have a better chance of making an impact than someone who is regarded as a "Can't Miss".