After the 2016 NHL Draft ended, news broke that the Blue Jackets had acquired Scott Harrington from the Maple Leafs along with a conditional pick. The newest Blue Jacket is a Kingston, Ontario, native and was a second-round draft pick of the Penguins in 2011.
BlueJackets.com spoke with the 23-year-old defenseman about his new start with the Blue Jackets, and what he brings to the organization.
CBJ.com: When did you find out you had been traded?
Harrington: I found out by phone call. Toronto's GM [Lou Lamoriello] called me minutes or seconds after the trade went through. I was just sitting at home not doing too much, and then I got the phone call. I found out, I guess, whenever you guys probably did.
CBJ.com: Who did you speak to from the Blue Jackets organization once you had found out?
Harrington: I believe Mr. [GM Jarmo] Kekalainen called me moments after [Lamoriello] did just to let me know from the other side that I had been traded to Columbus. It was a very exciting few minutes, that's for sure.
CBJ.com: What were your emotions like after the news had sunk in?
Harrington: I think any time you get traded it takes a couple minutes for it to sink in, but I was pretty excited. I'm looking forward to the opportunity (with the Blue Jackets). It was definitely a hectic maybe half an hour or so, but once it started to sink in, I was filled with excitement. I'm really looking forward to getting down to Columbus and getting ready for training camp.
CBJ.com: Have you been to Columbus before?
Harrington: I have a few times. Whenever I was in Pittsburgh I played there a couple times in exhibition games, and then I believe once this past year with Toronto. And then I actually came down the following day after I was traded this year for a physical and to kind of meet some of the staff.
CBJ.com: Did you know anyone on the team or in the organization prior to being traded?
Harrington: I played junior [for the OHL's London Knights] with Josh Anderson and Alex Broadhurst. And then I played some Team Canada tournaments with Boone Jenner and Ryan Murray. So I know those four guys pretty well, so that's definitely nice to know some guys whenever you're traded to a new place that you can text and that can help you out with little details.
CBJ.com: How do you see yourself contributing to the Blue Jackets during this season and in future seasons?
Harrington: I'm just going to try to play my game. I think I'm reliable defensively, someone who moves the puck well, someone who can contribute offensively as well, and just someone who is a steady presence on the back end. I'm someone you can depend on that's going to be hard to play against for the other team.
CBJ.com: Other than being traded, what have you been up to this summer?
Harrington: I've been in Toronto for the majority of the summer. Obviously, last year, having hurt myself in January, I've been able to work out and skate for a long time now. You never want to get injured, but I think the timing of it worked out well, that I was able to get good training in. I've been working out for two or three more months than I usually would be able to if I had played an entire season. So I'm definitely ready, definitely looking forward for camp to get started and I've definitely been able to take advantage of the extra time off that I've had this past year.