You cannot blame NHL clubs for taking risks in a quest for Stanley Cup playoff success. The Columbus Blue Jackets have never advanced past the first round in their history, and that led GM Jarmo Kekalainen to trade high picks the next two draft years to acquire Matt Duchene, Ryan Dzingel, Keith Kinkaid and Adam McQuaid. The Jackets are not even certain of making of the post-season, but many consider their going “all in” to be brave. After losing to Pittsburgh, and with Montreal and Carolina winning on Tuesday, the Blue Jackets are one point out of the playoffs. Will it be consider bravery if Columbus misses the playoffs after mortgaging their future?
Columbus Blue Jackets gamble with their future
About the Author: Mike Augello
Michael is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers Association and has been covering the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Marlies, the National Hockey League and American Hockey League since 2009.