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In 2000 the NHL added two expansion franchises; the Minnesota Wild and the Columbus Blue Jackets. The terms under which the 2000 NHL Expansion Draft was held allowed the Atlanta Thrashers and Nashville Predators, newest of the 28 teams, to protect their full rosters. The other 26 teams were allowed to protect 1 goaltender, 5 defensemen and 9 forwards or 2 goaltenders, 3 defensemen and 7 forwards. The effect was to leave the two rookie franchises with little in the way of quality talent.
The Columbus Blue Jackets have yet to make it to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The team finished the 2007 season with 73 points, two better than it did its first season in the league. On April 3, 2007, the Detroit Red Wings handed the Blue Jackets a 3-0 loss and the dubious distinction of the modern-day record for getting shut-out in a season: 6.
In 2007-08 the Columbus Blue Jackets had their best point total yet: 80. In the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, the Blue Jackets, selecting sixth overall, picked Russian winger Nikita Filatov. During the off-season they traded Dan Fritsche and Nikolai Zherdev to the New York Rangers for two defensemen, Christian Backman and Fedor Tyutin. They also traded Raffi Torres to the Edmonton Oilers for Gilbert Brule and signed free agents Kristian Huselius and Mike Commodore. Also in the 2008 off-season, Columbus Blue Jackets ead coach Ken Hitchcock, who has been the head coach of the Blue Jackets since 2006, was granted a three year contract extension.
The Columbus Blue Jackets are in the Central Division of the 3-division Western Conference of the National Hockey League.
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