Thread: Speculation: Jarmo might trade Jack Johnson.
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02-17-2013, 01:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Viqsi View Post
At the moment they're being underutilized because they're having a very ugly time of it. Nikitin's puck luck, in particular, is enough to convert one to belief in voodoo curses. And he's unfortunately not handling the adversity as well as we'd like.

They're both highly valued players we want to keep. But that doesn't take away from what JMFJ has been doing ever since he came to Columbus.
Agreed, ideally though, Columbus want to give Tyutin-Nikitin the tough even strength minutes (assuming they break out of their funk), then give the 2nd pairing a lot of offensive zone starts and a bulk of pp minutes. Yet there are 3 players who ideally should be on that 2nd pairing role, Wiz, JJ and Murray.

In terms of asset management, it just makes a lot of sense to trade 1 of those 3 for forward help, with Erixon coming up aswell as another good young defenceman, and Wiz and Murray will bring back nowhere near as much as Johnson. Although on the flip side, if used correctly, Johnson will score by far the most points from the blueline, making it less than ideal to trade him. Tricky spot for your gm to be in tbh

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