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Kekalainen talks Blue Jackets prospects

Columbus GM speaks about status of team, trade deadline

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider /

Amid one of the busiest weeks the Blue Jackets have seen all season, general manager Jarmo Kekalainen made an appearance during the first intermission of Sunday's game on the Blue Jackets Radio Network.

Speaking with Bob McElligott, Kekalainen talked about the progress of the team's prospects, in particular forwards Eric Robinson and Kevin Stenlund, who have earned opportunities to be with the team in recent weeks thanks to injuries.

"Obviously we're watching the games in Cleveland with a close eye -- myself, Billy Zito, Basil McRae, then we talk to the coach there, John Madden," Kekalainen said about the process the team uses to make its call-ups. "I talk to John Tortorella, see what the line combinations are going to look like and what our needs are -- do we need a guy for the fourth line, do we need skill guys for the top nine, do we need a power-play guy and so forth? All of those things go into the decision.

"And then also opportunity -- how the guy is playing down there and what kind of success he's had and the work ethic and all those different things that go into the decision. But I've been very pleased with the two guys that have been up here the last few games. They've worked hard in Cleveland and had some success at the American League level, and they earned their way up to the NHL."

Kekalainen went on to discuss the recent play of Stenlund, the upcoming trade deadline, and how the team reacted to the news invovling goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky in the past week.

Listen to the full interview below.

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