It appears the Columbus Blue Jackets are all in on winning the Stanley Cup.
There has been uncertainty about the futures of left winger Artemi Panarin and goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky remaining in Columbus after this season. In fact the Blue Jackets were believed to be potential sellers at the NHL Trade Deadline.
Today the opposite happened as the Blue Jackets traded for center Matt Duchene of the Ottawa Senators. Duchene will be a free agent once the season ends, but could possibly remain in Columbus if a deal is worked out.
The Blue Jackets add a two-time NHL All-Star to their roster. A player with over 201 career goals, 276 assists and 477 total points.
Currently Columbus is No. 10 in the NHL in goals per game, averaging 3.19 per contest. His presence in the middle will certainly give Columbus an offensive boost.
The Blue Jackets are currently one-point out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. They will face Duchene’s former team the Ottawa Senators on the road tonight at 7:00 pm.