Jackets acquire Kevin Lalande

Guess they heard me lamenting the lack of depth in net in my last post, because Scott Howson went out and swapped a pick for a goaltender, Kevin Lalande. I honestly don’t know anything about Lalande beyond what I’ve read since the trade this afternoon, so no strong opinions. He’s young and seems to have some potential. And at the moment he’s off to Syracuse.

Not a bad deadline day for Howson. He didn’t pull an Atlanta and give up good prospects for rentals. Vermette should be here for at least another season, and to get him they gave up a player who, while talented, was apparently superfluous to the team’s needs right now (and a second rounder, which is maybe a bit steep, but the history of Jackets’ second round draft picks is sorry indeed, so I wouldn’t sweat it too much).

Looking forward to the playoff run in Columbus. But mostly just looking forward to getting home to Columbus, since it feels like I’ve been gone for about a year…


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