Craig Custance answers reader questions in his mailbag every Friday. Got a question of your own? Submit it here.
Do you think the Columbus Blue Jackets will be competitive by 2030? -- Brandon, Columbus
That's a tough one. It depends on what they get for Rick Nash. When a franchise struggles for a long period of time, through different coaches and general managers, you have to find the common thread. In the case of the Blue Jackets, it's a problem that starts at the top.
There isn't a winning hockey culture in Columbus, and changing directions and philosophies every couple of years doesn't help. Factor in that they play in a division with some of the most stable and successful franchises in the NHL, and I'm not optimistic. But a lot can change between now and 2030.
Why do people continue to be surprised by the Washington Capitals' poor performances? When you look at the team's roster, they do not stand out as a good team. They have a mediocre forward group, below-average defensemen and a solid goalie. Even with Nicklas Backstrom and Mike Green back, they just aren't that good. Please folks, temper your expectations. -- Greg, Vermont
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