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Klesla trade by Jackets mere window dressing

By Peter D. McAlister

Over the last couple of injury filled seasons that Rostislav Klesla spent with the Columbus Blue Jackets, his name often surfaced to the forefront when trade talks heat up. At one point in his career he could have commanded a top six forward or that all needed puck moving defenseman. Unfortunately, for the Jackets that window closed three years ago when Rusty was healthy.

What fans are left with is a meaningless trade to Phoenix for two players that Columbus essentially has at minor league Springfield. Sure, salary was dumped and veteran players were added but that doesn’t change the fact that this trade did not make the Jackets better. If anything, it hindered the possible growth of late season call ups for a seemingly unlikely playoff push. Talk to anyone in hockey that isn’t associated with the local Columbus media or the organization and they will tell you the same.

This trade was simply for show and General Manager Scott Howson knows it, an effort to look like he was trying to improve the team without giving up too much. In today’s NHL you have to part with something substantial to get something substantial and if that means shipping out first round draft picks, so be it. Howson refused to pull the trigger for the Brad Richards of the hockey world and when the Blue Jackets return from a grueling five game road trip out west it will be obvious to CBJ loyalists that this trade was meaningless window dressing.

With twenty one games left on the Blue Jackets schedule starting with tonight’s matchup in Vancouver, against the Canucks, the band aid approach that the Columbus front office insists is a possible cure all will only put the franchise back a few more years. If Howson is going to make a trade then it should be a headliner and not an after thought. That is precisely what the Los Angeles Kings did at the deadline in acquiring forward Dustin Penner from the Edmonton Oilers.

The Kings went out and improved their team substantially. They didn’t just put up new curtains to make the rink look nicer.

19 comments:

  1. Gerald the SkaterMarch 1, 2011 at 5:47 PM

    Hey Peter, Back with a bang I see! Those clowns down at Nationwide must hate you!

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  2. does scottie howson have brain damage or what you hit the nail on the head and pounded it in over and over / no playoffs again this year

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  3. Friend, not only did the cbj trade a good and decent player but also the jackets' cutest guy. Keep it up.

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  4. Clown boy is back. When the Jackets make the playoffs will you apologize to Jackets Nation and admit you are wrong as always? Have you ever been to a game like us season ticket holders. Give it up and get a new profession!

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  5. The jackets are tanking in Canada again tonight. I know the Canucks are good but that trade did nothing. And on top of that I got my season renewal packet today. Thanks Howson you are a clown. I may suck it up and get tickets again next year but that is because I am just stupid and blind to what a real nhl team is. Listening to homer Rimmer on Fox makes me want to puke.

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  6. The Jackets just scored clown boy. Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah!

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  7. Peter, Upshaw is playing like a bat out of hell tonight and you are critical of the trade? Rusty sucked and at least you guys got something for him. He is hurt anyway and won't do Phoenix any good.

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  8. Peter as someone who is a Philly transplant in LA I thought your piece was insightful but the Kings gave way too much up to get Penner. My adopted team is always grasping at straws during the playoff chase and it has not worked. Columbus took the right route in dumping Klesla and getting a good forward and a throw in.

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  9. Hopefully you are at the game, this is tight and it is good even though it as late as it is.

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  10. Who won? Can you say Peter is right????

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  11. Peter,
    You are stealing my thunder again - just kidding. Great article yesterday but the Rangers couldn't pry away Richards from Dallas either.

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  12. Kiss it trey. Just another hater of the real fans.

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  13. Peter can you or someone else out there tell me what the f*** happened tonight. The jackets just lost to the worst team in hockey in the oilers! Oooh I forget that our gm was from the edmonton front office. Imagine that! Nash blobbed around like my grampa and Mason sucked. Howsen must go!!! So must the f****** ownership of the playoff less train wreck.

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  14. Our playoff hopes are out of the question now. How do you split the four game series with those frozen stiffs and expect to win a playoff series or two.

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  15. What will the excuse be in the media Friday. We didn't come out ready to play? Boy it was cold up there in Canada? With the trade we are just getting to know each other? Mason had the flu? The team charter got in two hours late? The hotel beds were hard? The food wasn't good? What will it be this time? Simply a bunch of overpaid gutless slackers. Have fun at your lake cabin while the real dedicated men are playing deep into the playoffs!

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  16. Peter my boy I did not imagine that there was a team worse than us but I found it in the Columbus team.

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  17. When is the next thrashing. I can not wait! Do not let these bozos off the hook!

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  18. You told us that they would be a joke again this year and I hate to say you were right.

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