Blue Jackets Think Ahead With Trades Made

Before the NHL trade deadline ended, the Columbus Blue Jackets dealt away a fan favorite for two players who could help the team later on.

Looking at one of the trades they made, the Blue Jackets dealt Rostislav Klesla, one of the last remaining original Jackets from the inaugural season, to the Phoenix Coyotes for Scottie Upshall and Sami Lepsisto.  Klesla was a driving defense force and leader in the Jackets locker room while Upshall and Lepisto will have potential in Columbus.

As a member of the Nashville Predators and the Phoenix Coyotoes, Upshall has proven he can be an offensive force. Upshall does usually put up good numbers every year, will be an added force on some of the lines Columbus has already and may help the Blue Jackets get more shots on goals in games. Upshall is familiar with this division and can add some offensive depth to the Jackets.

On the blueline, Lepisto does put up some decent numbers and will help fill the void left behind with Klesla’s departure. The Jackets will need a strong defenseman down the stretch and Lepisto could prove to management what he can help the team do this season and beyond. It’s rare Lepisto is hurt and that will help bring consistency to the blue line.

Klesla was a fan favorite and consistent force for the Jackets but with the opportunity to get Upshall and Lepisto, making the trade could help the Jackets later on. It was still unclear whether or not Klesla would be resigned by the Jackets and getting two players for him while they still could shows that the Blue Jackets are looking ahead to the future.

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~ by jeffrsabo on March 1, 2011.

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