What a busy week in Columbus!
The trade deadline has come and gone and the Blue Jackets made some important deals. Those moves have welcomed Justin Falk and David Clarkson (injured) into the fold as the Jackets head into their final 19 games of the season. Cam Atkinson will be in Columbus longer than that, signing a contract extension that will keep him in Columbus at least another three seasons. Deadline day is always a hot topic among fans, and the 5th Line was certainly interested. Let's see what was on the minds of Jackets fans this week!
To start things off, the Jackets did say goodbye to a major contributor over the last few seasons, trading James Wisneiwski to the Anaheim Ducks. The bloggers at Riverfront Ball believe, however, it was the right move for the future.
The Jackets will miss Wisniewski as both a player and a person, but BS Hockey notes that they did add two pieces to the future puzzle in Rene Bourque and William Karlsson.
The Union Blue also gave their trade deadline thoughts, with more focus zeroed in on Columbus' acquistion of Karlsson
The Blue Jackets also surprised the hockey world with one of the week's more interesting deals, sending Nathan Horton to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Clarkson. Though Clarkson may not be a major factor for the Jackets until next season, the Hockey Writers think he's just what the Jackets needed.
Atkinson's extension ensures the core will be in tact in Columbus for quite a while, and the Cannon is feeling downright optimistic about the future.
Finally, the Blue Jackets traded Jordan Leopold to his native Minnesota last week. The internet took notice when a letter surfaced, written by his daughter Jordyn, asking the Minnesota Wild to trade for her father and bring him home. The folks over at Too Many Men on the Site note the reminder that there is a human element in the trade deadline and it's not just business.