Panic in Columbus?
The spotlight is on the Columbus Blue Jackets these days.
Given their poor start, the expectations that came with their ballooning payroll heading into this offseason and the Jeff Carter injury, the team has had trade talks with other teams.
But, as of Tuesday, there was nothing imminent on the trade front, a source told ESPN.com. The team is so banged up right now, it doesn’t have the bodies available to make a trade just for the sake of it. Carter is the biggest of the injuries; he is listed as week to week with a fractured foot and the team put him on IR on Tuesday.
Teams have asked the Blue Jackets about Derick Brassard or Antoine Vermette, but with Carter out, how can the Jackets afford to lose another top-six forward at this point unless they receive a very good one in return?
We suspect there will be moves in Columbus at some point if the club doesn’t start winning (0-4-1 heading into Tuesday’s games), but the feeling right now is it’s a little early to be pushing the panic trade button.
But there could possibly be a minor move given all the injuries in goal. Junior prospect Mathieu Corbeil was recalled Tuesday to back up Steve Mason on an emergency basis, but he’s allowed to dress for only one NHL game. Backup Mark Dekanich is still 2-3 weeks away from returning from his injury. No. 3 man Curtis Sanford is out 3-4 weeks. No. 4 goalie Allen York is also banged up, but the Jackets hope he is OK to back up Mason in their next game (Friday at Detroit). If York can’t go, the Jackets will need to make a minor move to acquire a goalie.