Blue Jackets Aim to Keep Captain, No Trades Before Deadline

The Columbus Blue Jackets, amidst trade deadline preparations and sitting 29th in the standings, fired their General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen, and acting GM John Davidson has dismissed rumors of trading team captain Boone Jenner, emphasizing his value to the team despite potential market interest similar to the recent high-value trade of Elias Lindholm by the Calgary Flames.

The NHL trade deadline on March 8 has many teams scrambling. The Columbus Blue Jackets, sitting 29th overall, were expected to be busy. Yet, a bombshell dropped just yesterday. They fired General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen after a 12-season run.

In recent weeks, the rumor mill’s been churning. Names like Ivan Provorov and Patrik Laine popped up across media. Each player, though, comes with a unique set of challenges for potential trades. And it’s not just them. Even Boone Jenner, the team captain, has been whispered about in trade circles. It’s mostly due to the team’s struggles and his value in the league.

But today, John Davidson stepped in. As acting general manager, he shut down any talk of trading Jenner. With a tweet, he made the team’s stance clear. After all, Jenner’s contract isn’t pressing. He’s got two years and $7.5M left after this season. Why rush?

Jenner’s not just any player, either. With Laine and Johnny Gaudreau around, he still stands out. Leading in goals, he’s played fewer games than his teammates. But, the market’s hot. It’s a seller’s season, and Davidson might get an offer he can’t ignore. Remember the Flames? They snagged a hefty package for Elias Lindholm just two weeks ago.

Jenner’s in a good spot, statistically speaking. His performance mirrors Lindholm’s over the past three seasons. Plus, he’s a defensive asset. And with Jenner’s contract being much lighter than Lindholm’s, contenders might come calling. Especially those who missed out on Lindholm. It’s all about timing and opportunity, isn’t it?

Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson is a Senior Writer for HockeyMonitor. With a background in Sports Media, Alex joined the team in 2022. He focuses on providing the latest hockey news, game scores, and fresh NHL trade rumors.

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