The Columbus Blue Jackets are taking a gamble on this spring, and maybe that’s not such a bad thing.
Elliotte Friedman had a Monday afternoon radio hit on Calgary’s Sportsnet 960, a little over three hours after the trade deadline had passed.
The Insider was asked what he thought of the risk Jarmo Kekalainen was taking by adding pieces in the past few days and by keeping both Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky, each pending unrestricted free agents.
“I think that what happened here is what should happen more in sports, is people going for it,” said Friedman. “Look, I understand you decide if your team is good enough and you say, ‘Okay, I fish or I cut bait.’
“One of the things I worry about - I’m a big baseball fan. I love baseball. The last couple of years, that sport has really changed, and not for the better. One of the things we’re seeing is basically a whole bunch of teams have decided they can’t go for it, and they just give up. I understand why you do that from an analysis point of view, but I hate what that does from a competitive point of view.
“I like the fact that this team is saying - and you guys know, because I’ve done your show all year - I’ve said that’s what Columbus should do. They should go for it. Sometimes you just have to go for it. I wish more teams did it. I don’t know if it’ll work. It may blow up in their face. But I respect it, and I wish it happened more often.”
The Blue Jackets added Matt Duchene, Ryan Dzingel, Adam McQuaid, and Keith Kinkaid in the past few days - each of whom is a pending unrestricted free agent.
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