Quick recap of the action in the last 24 hours:
- Jordan Leopold was dealt to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for Defenseman Justin Falk and a 2015 5th-round pick. Of note with this trade: The Blue Jackets traded a player who was consistently NOT playing for a potential depth defenseman and an additional pick in the upcoming draft. Of most importance was “The Letter”. I cannot think of a more heartfelt, adorable, endearing, etc., way to plead for your dad to “come home” to Minnesota. I have a huge amount of respect for both GMs for making this dream a reality for young Jordyn and the entire Leopold family. Easily the best story of the day.
- Amid the swirling rumors of Cam Atkinson’s upcoming departure, in an approximately 15 minute span it came to light that a contract extension was being hammered out and that it had been agreed to. 3 years, $3.5 million AAV. Not a bad number for a guy about to appear in his 200th game and has already reached the 50 goal plateau. After scoring 4 goals in 5 games February 6-14, Cam has seen a very limited amount of success in the Jackets’ losing streak. I know I’m not the only one hoping that with the contract extended and trade deadline passed, Cam can get out from under the pressure and build some consistency down the stretch of the final 20 games.
- Finally, the move some couldn’t wait for, others dreaded, and many bemoaned: James Wisniewski and a 2015 3rd-round pick were dealt to the Anaheim Ducks for a 2015 2nd-round pick, William Karlsson and Rene Bourque. Initial reaction to this deal is anger and frustration. Karlsson is the most interesting piece of this trade right now, the 2nd round pick in the upcoming draft is something to be happy with, and Rene Bourque is OVERPAID for a minor-leaguer (potentially another reclamation project for Jarmo and JD?).
20 games left…