The ability to make a trade during this NHL season will end at 3:01 PM (est) on March 5th, just 10 days after the gold medal game of the Sochi Winter Olympics. Also an important note, there will be a roster freeze from February 7th to the 23rd due to the NHL players being involved in the Winter Olympics.
What does this all mean, the trade deadline is coming up sooner than everyone thinks, and the Olympic break with give Jarmo Kekalainen and other NHL GM’s the time to properly evaluate their teams status.
The current evaluation of the Columbus Blue Jackets is that of positive notes. The team just went on a historic run and have positioned themselves in a prime spot to make the playoffs. If Kekalainen was to make a move at the trade deadline, it would certainly be in an effort to concrete the Blue Jackets chances of making the playoffs.
Do the Blue Jackets need a boost though? That is a question that will be racking the brain of the management group, and it is a good thing they will have a few weeks to consider their options. Another thought that has been on the minds of fans and I am sure the Blue Jackets as well, when Gaborik comes back, will he be a good spark for the team or will he become a victim of the IR list….again?