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Slight Center Shoreup

Created by: Viqsi
Initial Creation Date: Jan 22, 2019
Published: Jan 22, 2019 at 10:54
Team: 2018-19 Columbus Blue Jackets
Team Explanation
Some minor moves that ought to improve things.

Stepan-for-Wennberg is a swap of two guys having down years. Wennberg's younger (and ostensibly has more upside), while Stepan has a higher cap hit. Adds on either side are doable.

Nash-for-Spooner is just an attempt to get a little more Reclamation Project scoring on the fourth line. It worked with Gagner, after all.
Trades
CBJ
  1. Stepan, Derek
ARI
  1. Wennberg, Alexander
CBJ
  1. Spooner, Ryan
EDM
  1. Nash, Riley
Buyouts
  • Scott Hartnell: $3,000,000
  • Fedor Tyutin: $1,458,333
DRAFT YEARROUND 1ROUND 2ROUND 3ROUND 4ROUND 5ROUND 6ROUND 7
2018
2019
CBJ
CBJ
CBJ
CBJ
2020
CBJ
CBJ
CBJ
CBJ
CBJ
CBJ
2021
CBJ
CBJ
CBJ
CBJ
CBJ
CBJ
CBJ
ROSTER SIZESALARY CAPCAP HITOVERAGES BONUSESCAP SPACE
23$79,500,000$75,116,665$0$3,350,000$4,383,335
Left WingCenterRight Wing
CBJ
Panarin, Artemi
$6,000,000
LW
UFA - 1
CBJ
Dubois, Pierre-Luc
$894,166
C
RFA - 2
CBJ
Atkinson, Cam
$5,875,000
RW, LW
NTC
UFA - 7
CBJ
Duclair, Anthony
$650,000
LW, RW
RFA - 1
ARI
Stepan, Derek
$6,500,000
C
UFA - 3
CBJ
Bjorkstrand, Oliver
$2,500,000
RW
UFA - 3
CBJ
Foligno, Nick
$5,500,000
LW, C, RW
NMC
UFA - 3
CBJ
Jenner, Boone
$3,750,000
C, LW
UFA - 4
CBJ
Anderson, Josh
$1,850,000
RW
UFA - 2
EDM
Spooner, Ryan
$3,100,000
C, LW
UFA - 2
CBJ
Dubinsky, Brandon
$5,850,000
C, LW
NMC NTC
UFA - 3
CBJ
Stenlund, Kevin
$864,166
RW, C
RFA - 2
CBJ
Hännikäinen, Markus
$675,000
LW
UFA - 1
CBJ
Sedlak, Lukas
$825,000
LW, C, RW
RFA - 1
Left DefenseRight DefenseGoaltender
CBJ
Murray, Ryan
$2,825,000
LD
UFA - 1
CBJ
Jones, Seth
$5,400,000
RD
UFA - 4
CBJ
Bobrovsky, Sergei
$7,425,000
G
NMC
UFA - 1
CBJ
Werenski, Zachary
$925,000
LD
RFA - 1
CBJ
Nutivaara, Markus
$2,700,000
RD
UFA - 4
CBJ
Korpisalo, Joonas
$900,000
G
UFA - 1
CBJ
Harrington, Scott
$675,000
LD
UFA - 1
CBJ
Savard, David
$4,250,000
RD
UFA - 3
CBJ
Kukan, Dean
$725,000
RD
UFA - 2

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Jan 22, 2019 at 11:03
#1
DomCholette
Joined: Jul 2017
Posts: 4,352
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WHAT'S WRONG WITH WENNBERG???
Stepan is on the decline... probably better on the 3rd.
Jan 22, 2019 at 12:55
#2
Joined: Aug 2017
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Quoting: DomCholette
WHAT'S WRONG WITH WENNBERG???
Stepan is on the decline... probably better on the 3rd.


What is wrong with Wennberg.
Where to begin.

Wennberg was the heir apparent to the 1C spot a few years ago, and represented himself well in the first full year.
He is a good 2 way center, has good vision, and sometimes makes spectacular plays.
They gave him $4.9M per year (almost 2C type money), but got a team discount because of his shortcomings...

Wennberg, absolutely, positively, without a doubt, is afraid to SHOOT THE PUCK ON GOAL.
He cannot bring himself to propel the puck using his stick to anywhere near the net...always opting to pass to teammates (even when no shooting lane) or curl/drag/stall for better passing lane, or dump it in.
The problem is, he will never score more than 10 goals in a season. Scratch that, 5 goals.

They have studied film with him.
Given him extra drills.
Worked with him incessantly to shoot more.
They have begged.
They have pleaded.
They have given him incentives to just shoot more.
The next step (of last resort) is a canine shock collar, to zap him every time he gets near the O zone and ends up passing, dumping, or curl/stall for passing lanes to open on a bona fide shooting opportunity.

Or maybe just a change of scenery.
Different coaching staff.
Different players.
Maybe a players only meeting with him (in the locker room where they put him against a wall and shoot pucks at him with no pads for 15 minutes (A Few Good Men....CODE RED, anyone?).

He is quickly becoming a younger version of Dubinsky, without the physical presence, passion, or faceoff winning %.
So basically, he is playing himself to worthlessness and obscurity.
He doesn't hurt the Jackets, but he really isn't helping either.
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