Columbus Blue Jackets Acquire Clark and Jurcina: What Does That Mean for Crunch?

December 28th, 2009 by Ryan Maloney Leave a reply »
A deal was made today between the Washington Capitals and Columbus Blue Jackets -- and it did not include Nikita Filatov .  Instead, Washington Captain Chris Clark (pictured) and defenseman Milan Jurcina were shipped to Columbus in exchange for forward Jason Chimera.

With two bodies headed to Syracuse's parent club in exchange for one, there is an assumption that the Crunch will be getting an addition to their roster pretty soon.  From Lindsay Kramer :

Who will those trickle down players be? No word yet, but how about some combination of Roy/Picard/Blunden eventually?

I guess in a perfect world Columbus might have picked up a minor-leaguer to help Syracuse right away, but in this instance it's hard to blame the team for trying to douse its own fire first.
The Jackets are not living up to the lofty expectations many had for them coming off their first playoff appearance last season.  They just hit the halfway point of the season (41 games) and have won only 14 times.  They sit in the basement of the Central Division with 35 points, 10 points shy of the final playoff spot in the West.  Injuries have played a role in slowing the pr ...

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