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So long, Marc Methot.
The Columbus Blue Jackets are in an interesting position. They need help in both ends. In the 2011-12 season, the Jackets had the fifth fewest goals for and the third most goals against in the NHL.
When the Blue Jackets traded away Marc Methot, they lost a great stay-at-home defenseman. In 275 games with Columbus, Methot was only rated a minus-six. Considering how bad the Jackets have been, that’s a pretty decent rating.
The Jackets’ loss was the Senators’ gain. Playing for his hometown Ottawa Senators, Methot might have the chance to play on a line with Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson.
In return, Columbus received left winger Nick Foligno. Foligno’s scoring numbers have been steadily increasing over the last few seasons. He should be able to give the Blue Jackets a boost in the scoring department.
But at what cost?
Foligno is a forward that is willing to grind and will record decent scoring numbers. He can sometimes be inconsistent, though. In addition, he still has some work to do on his defensive play.
The Senators are the clear-cut winners of this trade. Columbus gave up one of their best stay-at-home defenders for a winger that may prove to be more of a defensive liability than an offensive benefit. The Blue Jackets pointlessly gave away Methot if Foligno can’t fine-tune the defensive aspects of his game.
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