Fan favorite and known tough guy Jared Boll has been on the shelf with a bruised left foot since November 23rd. Since that point the Columbus Blue Jackets have been 6-3-1. Since this time Columbus has improved from an 8-12-3 mark and collected 13 points. When Boll was placed on Injured Reserve the CBJ had just come off a humiliating loss at the hands of the Vancouver Canucks, 6-2. Boll was placed on IR, then the next game the Jackets faced-off in Toronto against the Maple Leafs. Columbus went off on the Leafs, destroying them 6-0, and since that point have played well despite many key injuries. I would argue that Jared Boll is no longer necessary on this team.
This season Boll has 1 goal, 0 assists, and is a -6. He has 38 PIM’s in 21 games played, along with 6 fighting majors. As we all know Boll was signed to a 3 year extension in the off-season, and many say his physical sacrifice and his leadership abilities warranted such a contract. While these are good qualities, his skill set just is not up to par as a Jack Skille or Corey Tropp. Skille has played 7 games and has already made more of an impact on the stat sheet than Boll has.
As far as the toughness goes, many others have answered the bell and dropped the gloves. Tropp, Matt Calvert, Dalton Prout, and Nick Foligno are just some names that have stepped up and sacrificed themselves by fighting. Blake Comeau has really been a physical presence, even setting the team record for hits in a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Looking at how well guys like Skille, Tropp, and Comeau have played as of late in the absence of Boll, is there really room for him when he comes off IR?
As the season progresses its only going to get worse for Boll. When Marian Gaborik and Nathan Horton come back healthy there is even less of a chance he should see the ice. I’m not saying the 3rd and 4th liners are going to play well forever, but the eye test says that all of these players have more skill and skating ability than Boll. For now, time will tell, but let us know what you think in the comments below!
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