Columbus Blue Jackets Buzz: Homestretch

Nate SantoianniCorrespondent IMarch 20, 2009

COLUMBUS, OH - MARCH 18: Kris Russell #10 of the Columbus Blue Jackets greets teammate Antoine Vermette #50 who scored in overtime to defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 at the Nationwide Arena March 18, 2009 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Well, as you have noticed we haven’t posted on here in quite some time.

Now we have UV working—and I don’t mean ultra-violet.

You guessed it. I mean Umberger and Vermette.

These guys have really stepped up in the last few games for us.

The Vermette trade is looking like a nice move so far. Thank you, Scott Howson! We got rid of our glass goaltender and we have a solid top-six center now!

Nothing against Pazzy at all, but I think the change will help him. We just couldn’t rely on him in the long-run. Plus, you have Mason in place and LaCosta and LaLande down in AHL rounding out the goalie depth.

Speaking of trades, does anyone else think that Klesla should go? Personally, I think we should get him off the books and use some of our money to sign a better D-man option for us. We will see about that in the offseason most likely.

Klesla just isn’t himself anymore. Last season he started to look stronger and more confident, playing a more simple, smarter game. Now he looks hesitant, only making nice plays every once in a while, and more often looking like a deer in headlights…

So, as we get down the stretch here, 11 games left. We could potentially move up further in the standings. But with three more versus Chicago, and three more against St. Louis, these inter-divisional games are looking even more important.

We will hopefully have some good updates after the Florida trip...


Quick must watches for CBJ fans:

Jake Voracek: CBJ’s highest scoring Rookie - 35 pts.
Steve Mason: Calder watch.