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New York Islanders Metro Preview: Columbus Blue Jackets Swing and Miss

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UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - MARCH 11: Matt Martin #17 of the New York Islanders celebrates a first period goal by Ryan Pulock #6 against Sergei Bobrovsky #72 of the Columbus Blue Jackets at the NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on March 11, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - MARCH 11: Matt Martin #17 of the New York Islanders celebrates a first period goal by Ryan Pulock #6 against Sergei Bobrovsky #72 of the Columbus Blue Jackets at the NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on March 11, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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BOSTON, MA – APRIL 27: Artemi Panarin #9 of the Columbus Blue Jackets reacts after scoring in the second period in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Boston Bruins during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on April 27, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

Offseason Moves

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.

Additions

Gustav Nyquist (RW), Ryan Murray (D – re-signed), Joonas Korpisalo (G – re-signed)

Departures

Matt Duchene (C), Ryan Dzingel (LW), Artemi Panarin (LW), Sergei Bobrovsky (G), Keith Kinkaid (G), Adam McQuaid (D)

Net outcome

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:

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.

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