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SBD/July 11, 2013/Franchises
Blue Jackets Have Already Sold More Season Tickets Than Last Year
Published July 11, 2013
GETTING TO KNOW YOU: ESPN.com's Craig Custance noted the Blue Jackets' signing of Horton "utilized the spirit” of the NHL’s new 48-hour free agent interview process “almost perfectly." Two days prior to the start of free agency, Horton flew to Columbus and met with Blue Jackets President of Hockey Operations John Davidson and GM Jarmo Kekalainen. Because of the "extra time built into free agency this year, they weren't rushed in explaining the process in which the two plan on building the Blue Jackets into a winner." Another benefit was the team "asked for and received Horton's medical information." This new window gave Horton the "opportunity to get comfortable before committing the next portion of his career to a team." It was the "first indication that this window could be most beneficial to small-market teams that might have trouble attracting free agents otherwise" (ESPN.com, 7/9).