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What Were They Thinking?

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

• Still don’t quite get the plan for the Columbus Blue Jackets, unless it’s to ensure another season of mediocre hockey that will leave them far removed from a playoff berth yet again.

A team that has struggled mightily to draft and develop its own players on Friday gave up three draft picks—two fourth-round picks and a second-round pick—for a goaltender who has given little indication he can be an NHL starter in Sergei Bobrovsky. ...

• Interesting move by the Washington Capitals to take on Mike Ribeiro from the Dallas Stars in exchange for prospect Cody Eakin and a second-round draft pick. No disputing that Ribeiro will bring skill to a Caps team that will almost certainly be without winger Alexander Semin, who can become an unrestricted free agent this summer. Ribeiro has topped the 70-point plateau three times in the last five seasons. But he has also had off-ice issues and the Stars were rumored to be shopping him at the trade deadline even though they were in the hunt for a playoff berth.

Red flag? For a team that is still without a head coach and will be looking to redefine itself again come training camp, you bet Ribeiro represents a red flag.

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