Todd Marchant to be waived
The mismanagement continues in Columbus:
Sources tell Sportsnet veteran forward Todd Marchant will be placed on waivers at noon (ET) today in an effort to shed some of the salary the club absorbed in the Fedorov deal...UPDATE Bob McKenzie, venerable Ryerson grad that he is, has since weighed in on the Marchant fracas and provides some more details as to how the scenario would play out.
Marchant is making $2.47 million this season and if he's claimed upon re-entry off waivers, the Blue Jackets and the team that picks him up will split the remainder of the salary owing this year.
One has to wonder what Doug MacLean expected when he signed Marchant to that deal in 2003. After all, aside from one great season, Marchant was what he always will be: a defenisive-minded, third-line centre who chips in 35-40 points. It's the same sort of thinking Tom Benjamin criticized when the Blue Jackets picked up Adam Foote this offseason.
This and the Fedorov move both reek of desperation, which is probably a good thing to have for a club that is 5-13-0 and headed for another high pick in the draft.
Unfortunately — and I don't have anything personal against the man — but I just can't see Columbus succeeding until Doug MacLean is gone. Right now, I don't think that's very far off.
It's a real shame for Columbus, because the city has demonstrated that it is one of the few new expansion markets that definitely should have a team. At this point, however, if people start turning their noses up at NHL hockey, I could hardly blame them.