Sports Trades start likely overhaul for disappointing Blue Jackets

00:20  14 april  2021
00:20  14 april  2021 Source:   msn.com

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Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen sees the overhaul of the Columbus Blue Jackets as an opportunity to reload. When a March swoon made it likely that the string of four straight playoff appearances under coach John Tortorella would end, the Blue Jackets traded a core of popular veterans with expiring contracts for future draft picks. The biggest name was 33-year-old Nick Foligno, the beloved Blue Jackets captain and a cornerstone of a team that was turned around under Tortorella.

Trading Foligno, the Blue Jackets captain, would be a significant and difficult step because of his importance in the locker room and the Columbus community. The Athletic reported that if the Blue Jackets decide to be sellers, Kekalainen likely will sit with Foligno to go through the options with him, including if he wants to be traded and what teams might interest him. There likely would be a long list of those looking for his grit and leadership, including the New York Islanders, who lost captain Anders Lee to a season-ending knee injury, the Colorado Avalanche, Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — General manager Jarmo Kekalainen sees the overhaul of the Columbus Blue Jackets as “an opportunity to reload" rather than a rebuilding job.

Jarmo Kekäläinen standing in a room © Provided by The Canadian Press

Whatever he wants to call it, the Blue Jackets already look different after the trade deadline. The off-season could bring even more big changes.

When a March swoon made it likely that the string of four straight playoff appearances under coach John Tortorella would end, the Blue Jackets traded a core of popular veterans with expiring contracts for future draft picks.

The biggest name was 33-year-old Nick Foligno, the beloved Blue Jackets captain and a cornerstone of a team that was turned around under Tortorella. He was dealt to Toronto the day after 30-year-old defenceman David Savard, another of the team's longest-tenured players, was moved to Tampa Bay.

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Pierre LeBrun reports during TSN Trade Center on Monday that there’s potential that the Columbus Blue Jackets could listen to trade offers on Patrik Laine ahead of Monday’s NHL Trade Deadline. LeBrun talked about how disappointing the season has been for the Blue Jackets and that they are selling off pieces seems to indicate that they are open for business on just about anyone. Related: Conflicting Trade Rumors Regarding Stars Defenseman Jamie Oleksiak. Could Patrik Laine be on the move?#TradeCentre pic.twitter.com/joOzaPguDG. — TSN (@TSN_Sports) April 12, 2021.

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Injured centre Riley Nash, in his third season with the Blue Jackets, was traded to Toronto on Friday.

In all, the Blue Jackets ended up with two first-round draft picks in the 2021 draft, and second-, fourth- and seventh-round picks in 2022. That means they'll have three first-round picks — and nine overall — in the draft this July, a rare situation made possible partly by a flat salary cap that hampered blockbuster trades and forced teams to get creative at the deadline to load up for the playoffs.

Columbus was in the unfamiliar position of being a seller. But Kekalainen, who called the losing season “an anomaly of some kind,” insisted the team can return as a contender in 2021-22.

“I think the return was good,” Kekalianen said. “We're happy with it. I think it gives us an opportunity to reload, is what we call it, and it gives us plenty of different opportunities to do it. There are going to be some interesting decisions this off-season with the expansion draft coming and the flat salary cap."

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The Blue Jackets have already traded David Savard and captain Nick Foligno since the last time these two teams played. The Blackhawks could make some moves Monday as well, as Mattias Janmark was held out of Saturday’s game. A win against the Blue Jackets on Monday would get the Blackhawks closer to the last playoff spot, but the Blackhawks would likely need to take two of the three from Nashville in their final games against the Predators ( starting Apr.

Earlier in the season, star centre Pierre-Luc Dubois, who clashed with Tortorella and grew unhappy playing in Columbus in his first four seasons in the league, was traded to Winnipeg for Patrik Laine, who had two goals in Monday night's 4-3 overtime loss to Chicago. Jack Roslovic, who also came as part of that trade, has played well and may also end up being part of the team's new, younger foundation.

“Not to get nostalgic — I'm not going to do that — but it is kind of a little bit like the breaking up of the band because we went through a lot together as we tried to build this," Tortorella said.

“It’s part of what our world is here in Columbus now,” he said. “We’ve got to start looking towards what we’re going to be again.”

Tortorella's future is another question. After replacing the fired Todd Richards seven games into the 2015 season, Tortorella steered Columbus to four straight playoffs and won his second Jack Adams Award as the NHL's top coach in 2016-17. He was a finalist for the honour last season.

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Blue Jackets get first-round pick in 2021 Draft from Tampa Bay, which receives defenseman from Red Wings. It is the second trade the Blue Jackets have made in as many days after sending forward Riley Nash to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday for a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft.

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With his two-year contract expiring at the end of this season, he and the team have said little about his future.

“We'll make all those decisions in due time,” Kekalainen said.

One of Columbus' excellent goaltenders also could be somewhere else by next fall. Joonas Korpisalo or Elvis Merzlikins could bring some badly needed offensive help if the team decided to deal one of them.

With Foligno gone, Columbus won't name a captain for now. Cam Atkinson, now the longest-tenured member of the team, and Seth Jones will continue as alternate captains.

“We built this culture, it took a long time to get us where we are, and I’m sure as hell not going to let this thing slide,” said the 31-year-old Atkinson, who is signed through 2024-25. “We have an obligation to ourselves, and to this organization especially, to steer this in the right direction.”

Foligno’s family is staying in Columbus, and he has let the team know he would be open to signing with the Blue Jackets as a free agent after trying to win a Stanley Cup with the playoff-bound Maple Leafs.

“We’ve gone through a lot here in Columbus,” said Foligno. who came via a 2012 trade with Ottawa. “We’ve grown this thing to a point where we had a great little run.”


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Foligno: "This is an opportunity for me, guys. I mean, let's be honest it's been a tough year here in Columbus and I take a lot of that responsibility so this is an opportunity that I get that I'm not going to waste."As Dubas told TSN's James Duthie recently: "It's no secret that we are going to be a team that is going to be looking to acquire players at the deadline.

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