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According to the most recent SB Nation Reacts survey, only 14 percent of Blue Jackets fans think the team is headed in the right direction. It had risen from 29 percent to 40 percent after the team showed signs of life against Carolina, but that hope was quickly extinguished with a 1-5-0 road trip that began with a sweep in Detroit and finished with a shutout by Florida.
Given that lack of confidence, it’s little surprise that fans believe the team should be sellers leading up to Monday’s trade deadline.
The deadline this season appears to be a buyers’ market, at least according to fans around the country. A slight majority of NHL fans would rather have their favorite team act as a seller at the deadline.
That is in part due to the unique rules around this season. The NHL has installed a flat cap on the season, preventing teams from adding big contracts. Teams may also be concerned about the actual dollars being spent given the lack of revenue, the delay in adding the new player to the roster due to COVID protocols, or considerations for who will be protected or exposed in this summer’s expansion drafft.
According to fans, more than three-fourths of fans think the flat cap will play a role in teams’ decisions to make a push for the playoffs.
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