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Despite a watershed season, Blue Jackets GM and coach have designs on something better

Having taken some big steps by making the playoffs and then winning two games, the Columbus Blue Jackets are aiming higher.

They want to contend for a Stanley Cup.

General manager Jarmo Kekalainen and coach Todd Richards said Thursday they believe that to become a truly dangerous team the Blue Jackets must get faster.

Richards was pleased with the season despite Monday night's first-round ouster by Pittsburgh in Game 6. But he said his team — with the 15th-best record among the 16 playoff teams — was still only "middle of the road."

Now, with a taste of success that inspired and expanded the fan base, the front office wants to build on the accomplishments.

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