That’s all the Blue Jackets did today, was two trades. They didn’t make a huge slash, but they did get a very good player in Vermette.
During Howson’s press conference he said that Vermette is someone that the Blue Jackets have been after for a while.
I love this move. Pascal Leclaire, while an outstanding goaltender is injury prone. Unfortunately for Pazzy he hasn’t been healthy while in Columbus. He won’t be able to play this season, but next season he will be great for the Senators. He sounded so excited to be going to Canada in his interview with TSN.
The Jackets ran into a hot Canuck team last night. It also didn’t help that the Jackets seemed like they didn’t care one bit about the game.
Thankfully the Jackets remain in sixth place in the Western Conference with another big game coming up tomorrow against the LA Kings.
The real story though, the trade deadline.
Michael Peca will not be returning to the game. He is out with an undisclosed injury, he played 2:36 in the first period.
Just got word that Scott Howson is at the Ottawa vs. Leafs game. Howson refused to comment to the CBC…but my guess is Antropov is getting a good look. He’d look nice in a Blue Jackets sweater…don’t you think. He could be looking at some Sens, but my guess is that Antropov is the reason Howson is there.
The Jackets got the victory in Edmonton, thanks to Raffi Torres and Steve Mason.
The team got back to the basics and did what it had to do to get the victory. Steve Mason recorded his eighth shutout of this season and for the first time since coming back from mono, he looked like he was rested and ready for the game. I do wonder when Dubie is going to get a start.
Here we go.
The Blue Jackets enter the game tonight still sitting in 6th place. They have to beat the Oilers to keep that spot. And it really NEEDS to be a straight up win, no OT, no shootout, just a straight up victory.
With the loss on Tuesday to the Flames, Ken Hitchcock has decided to change up the lines. I don’t have a problem with it at all, if we’re not winning games, obviously something is going to change.
There are two more games left in February. If the Jackets keep playing the way they’re playing, there’s no doubt that we’re going to make the playoffs. But, the race is tight right now, really tight.
5. Vancouver Canucks ~ 68
6. Columbus Blue Jackets ~ 66
7. Dallas Starsc~ 65
8. Minnesota Wild ~ 64
9. Edmonton Oilers ~ 63
10. Anaheim Ducks ~ 63
11. Nashville Predators ~ 60
12. Los Angeles Kings ~ 59
13. Phoenix Coyotes ~ 59
14. St. Louis Blues ~ 58
15. Colorado Avalanche ~ 57
Eleven points separate the last place team from the fifth place team. This road trip is going to be huge for us. We all have to step up and play our best hockey possible. This road trip has to be successful. There will be a live blog for every game on this road trip, right here.
Sometimes you have the highs, and then you have the lows. The game on Saturday was one of the worst games I have ever seen the boys play. They finished their sixth game in nine days with a loss to the Anaheim Ducks, who had played the night before.
I couldn’t be prouder of this team. We got NINE out of a possible twelve points, that’s nothing to be ashamed of. Back in the day, we would have considered ourselves lucky to get out of this stretch with 6 points. But, the way we lost was what was disappointing. They just weren’t in the game last night.
Think there may have been some ill feelings from the 2007 Memorial Cup?