change rumors had been all around the Columbus Blue Jackets the last few weeks questioning what the group could do with Laine, then the blockbuster signing of Gaudreau and the buying and selling of fan favored Bjorkstrand.
Portzline of The Athletic reviews the Blue Jackets should have traded veteran Voracek over Bjorkstrand.
The hassle GM Jarmo Kekalainen had with trading Voracek is his two years last Jackets salary cap hit at $eight.25 million. To trade Voracek, Columbus may also had been required to throw in a pinnacle prospect and a primary-spherical draft pick.
Kekalainen was no longer ready to surrender a first spherical pick out and a top prospect to dump a earnings so he had no other preference however to alternate Bjorkstrand.
With the Bjorkstrand alternate right here is how the Blue Jackets lineup seems for the 2022-23 NHL season.
Columbus Blue Jackets 2022-23 ability lineup
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First line: Johnny Gaudreau – Boone Jenner – Patrik Laine
Second line: Gus Nyquist – Jack Roslovic – Jakub Voracek
Third line: Alexandre Texier – Cole Sillinger – Kirill Marchenko
Fourth line: Eric Robinson – Sean Kuraly – Mathieu Olivier
First pair: Zach Werenski – Andrew Peeke
Second pair: Vladislav Gavrikov – Adam Boqvist
Third pair: Nick Blankenburg – Erik Gudbranson
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No. 2: Joonas Korpisalo