The Columbus Blue Jackets have just had an incredibly rough 2013 season. Not only are they bad on paper, but they’ve been devastated by injury.
Fans knew that even before the season began, it was probably time to start looking towards the future. There are some good young players on this team. And the Blue Jackets may be in a position to add some more young talent, or some draft picks, in the near future through trade.
One player that could be shown the door is defenseman Jack Johnson. It’s becoming more and more clear by the day that the Jackets were absolutely fleeced when they gave up Jeff Carter in order to acquire Johnson.
Johnson is currently on injured reserve, but when he is in the lineup for Columbus, he hasn’t proven to be too effective. He isn’t awful from a statistical standpoint, with 10 points in 20 games, but his defensive play is very poor. Combine that with his cap hit, which is well over $4 million, and you’d wonder why any team would want Johnson.
What Johnson does bring to the table is extremely solid play on the power play. He’s the type of specialist that many teams would covet with the man advantage. Even with that salary.
One could understand why the Blue Jackets would be so eager to get rid of Johnson, especially when you consider how foolish they look with Carter’s recent success. But that doesn’t mean they’ll just trade him for a bag of pucks. The Blue Jackets will want value. How much value remains to be seen, but teams may not want to surrender much.
It will be interesting to see if the demands of the Jackets align with what teams are willing to surrender in order to acquire a guy who’s pretty limited in his skill set. Keep an eye on his name once the rumor mill starts firing up in the next couple of weeks.