Blue Jackets get head start on summer once again

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Stuck watching 16 other teams head to the playoffs once again, the Columbus Blue Jackets need to get a lot better and will likely undergo a facelift in the offseason.

The club's 10th season - all but one concluding with tee times instead of playoff beards - ended with a thud. The Blue Jackets finished 34-35-13 for 81 points, a two-point improvement over a year ago but not close to being in the hunt for the postseason. They were 16 points behind the last Western Conference playoff qualifier, Chicago.

Under new coach Scott Arniel, Columbus played hard. But serious personnel questions remain and the club was two games under .500 at home. As a result, attendance dropped almost 1,800 per home game to 13,658.

Obviously, something's got to be done.