Columbus Blue Jackets Improve, but Leave Another Hole in the Offense

Michael KingtonContributor IJuly 2, 2008

The Blue Jackets traded away Fritsche and Zherdev for two defensemen today, most notably Fedor Tyutin. It has been reported that he will instantly help our blue line, adding some offense even though he only managed 20 points in 82 games played last year for the Rangers.

With a bolstered defense, especially with the additions of Commodore and Tyutin, what are the Jackets going to do to fill their hole(s) in offense?

With no more Zherdev, our second leading scorer is Peca with 34 points. This is dismal and a complete embarrassment to have your number two scorer not even get HALFWAY to seventy.

I personally think that if Howson can manage to land Brendan Morrison to center the top line and maybe Kristian Huselius, we would start to be a very competitive team. Think about the possible lines...

1st :  Nash/ Morrison*/Modin

2nd: Huselius/Umberger/Torres

3rd: Chimera/Brassard/Voracek

4th: Boll/Malholtra/Filatov? Murray?

Defense:

1st: Commodore/Klesa

2nd: Tyutin/Hejda

3rd: Russell/Tollefson?? I'm not sure about our third pairing but our first two look great!

Overall, I think I can't rate Howson's performance until it is all said and done, although right now it's about a B-/B solely because of now that we can slow down the opponent's offense, what about our own? Nash can't do it all so Howson better be busy getting at least two offensive guys. I'll keep you updated.

MK

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