With the goaltending giving up nearly one more goal than the league average and the inconsistencies of Merzlikins and Joonas Korpisalo leading to a decrease in their trade value, the goaltending in Columbus earned a D- grade for this season. Defense: D The defense of the Blue Jackets was another usual strength that struggled this season. The key difference was a massive offloading of defensive experience in trades last offseason and this season.
He’s just a great kid,” said agent Steve Bartlett, who has represented Dalpe since discovering him as small, scrawny teenager playing Junior B level in western Ontario. He’s had a lot on his plate, but he’s a great guy and a great family man. I have nothing but respect for who he is, what he’s done and how he goes about living his life.
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