The offseason went as badly as it could have for the Blue Jackets’ fans. They went from the most spend-happy trade deadline movers and shakers, giving up massive future assets in a win-now attitude, and then sat back and not only watched them all walk but then brought in almost nothing to replace them.
CBJ fans please look away. This is where it starts to really sting.
In total, the Blue Jackets acquired and subsequently lost mere months later notable players in Matt Duchene, Ryan Dzingel, Keith Kinkaid, Adam McQuaid (and a few others less worth mentioning) at the 2018-19 deadline and in all gave up the following:
- 2019: 1st round pick, 4th round pick, 7th round pick
- 2020: 2nd round pick
- 2021: 2nd round pick
- 2022: 5th round pick
- NHL players/prospects: Anthony Duclair, Vitaly Abramov, Johathan Davidsson
A bottom-six NHL player, six draft picks and two prospects with nothing to show for it. Ouch. It makes you really appreciate Lou Lamoriello’s patient and methodical approach.
The good news? They didn’t have to give up the other 1st round pick (2020 conditional) in the Duchene deal because he didn’t re-sign. Silver lining?
Going all-in also meant receiving nothing for Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky in trades when they walked as UFAs in July.
And they did. And now the Blue Jackets get to face them each more than a handful of times each season.