Tom Reed of The Columbus Dispatch recently reported that Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson will shake things up soon in an attempt to send a message to his team. Considered a strong team with room for improvement following their first playoff berth, the young team struggled and currently sit in 14th in the Western Conference, just one point above cellar dweller the Edmonton Oilers.
The difference between the Oilers and Blue Jackets however are injuries. The Oilers lost their number one goalie and arguably their number one scorer, if not for the breakout year of Dustin Penner and admirable job by Jeff Deslauriers thinks could be even worse in the province of Alberta.
The Blue Jackets’ problems prove not as simple. A sophomore slump from Derick Brassard and Steve Mason severely hurt their chances, as well as the deportation of Nikita Filatov. Couple those problems with the injury to top defenseman Rostislav Klesla and the Jackets lost key components to last year’s playoff team.
Nevertheless, Howson stayed the course admitting he would not make any panic moves. At this point a move seems too late. Recent rumblings around Twitter point to Karl Alzner moving to Columbus.
Whether these rumors prove true or not only time will tell. What would Columbus really have to give in return?
Perhaps they will move an experienced defenseman like Fedor Tyutin or perhaps this will be a deal revolving around Filatov but at this point everything is pure speculation. The glaring need in Washington should be another top four defenseman, so moving one would prove counterproductive. A move for Anton Stralman or Kris Russell would be a lateral move at best while acquiring Mike Commodore would not increase the blueline mobility.
As Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch reports minutes ago, these trade talks are confirmed however Howson also admits to talking seriously with another club.
At this point all we can do is speculate. Keep checking in here at NHLHS as we continue to monitor this situation. As always thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed our latest feature. You can help NHLHS stay alive by visiting our sponsors to the left or donating at the donate tab at the top.