by professor ggrib
Against Tampa Bay, the Jackets rattled the goal post giving of chimes, and should of had 2 short handed goals and could have scored several other times on excellent opportunities, but didn’t and thus thwarted by a good goal tender, who had a spectacular night, lost 3-1. And that boys and girls brings the Blue Jackets record in the last 10 games to 3 wins and 7 losses not a playoff pace to say the least.
Only having the minimum number of forwards last night, due to the loss of Matt Calvert to illness pressed one of the extra defensemen into the battle as a forward. Jordon Leopold took on this duty. [and actually had more shifts and more ice time than our Mr Boll] The 2nd period, the Jackets played one of their best of the year, but were stymied by Ben Bishop who stopped all 16 shots. The Lightning who were trying for a record 10 straight home victories just kept coming and eventually won 3-1.
So where are we? Well in 7th place with 45 points and 34 games left to play, not in a good position to say the least. Both the 4th place teams [Rangers and Capitals are tied] are at 60 points. That means picking up 15 points on 2 different teams to make the playoffs. I think the odds are huge that is not going to happen. So, it’s time to start the backfire to have a controlled burn rather than a last minute fire sale. I would think we are seeking draft choices rather than players, so top line players are less likely to go or come.
Jarmo has got to be shopping at least one “D” man. Probably has been for some time. Evidently nobody wants the body we want or are willing to let go. Still something needs to happen. As the oldest, Leopold is the most likely to be put on waivers if a trade is not worked out. [remember we obtained him on waivers from the Blues] He seems like a good solid player, but he is the oldest of the most probable to go.
Then there are the forwards, We have a number of upcoming free agents, with Anisimov being the most coveted by other teams. He should be attractive the the LA Kings. His best offensive performance while with the Blue Jackets was when he was paired with Marion Gabroth.
Letestu, Skillie, and Tropp are possibilities. But remember Skillie and Tropp are waver line acquisitions and not high value from other teams. I sure would hate to see Letestu go.
The organization has done a great job of not robbing the developing players in Springfield their development time. It depends on their evaluation of where the talent growth is for next year what could be dealt. [and of course what is desired by other teams]