Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Huselius signs with Blue Jackets

It's a four-year, $19-million deal ($4.75-million cap hit) for the former Flames sniper.

This is a good choice for Columbus given Huselius is the only remaining proven 30-goal man who is still under 30. He's not as, shall we say, flaky as the outgoing Nikolai Zherdev and should mesh well with Rick Nash on a first line that will be halfway decent even if R.J. Umberger moves into the centre spot.

The Blue Jackets have more dollars to spend and were thought to be pursuing Brendan Morrison, but Tom Reed from the Columbus Dispatch reports they are out of the running for his services.

There aren't a lot of great options at centre among the remaining free agents, so a trade could be the avenue GM Scott Howson pursues.

Here's Howson on Huselius: “Kristian is a highly skilled player with good vision and hockey sense who has performed at a very high level throughout his career. We are very pleased to have a player and a person of his caliber join the Blue Jackets organization.”

It's a lot to spend, but he has more value than, say, Ron Hainsey, and Columbus didn't have a lot of options if he signed elsewhere.

Desperate times...

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At 10:18 p.m., July 02, 2008, Anonymous Truth Serum said...

OK, some of the Zherdev goals have been recovered. Think Huselius will get along with Ken Hitchcock?

At 12:12 a.m., July 03, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Quality person" depends on how you look at things. What happens in Stockholm doesn't always stay in Stockholm, and right or wrong Swedish Ice-hockey Federation did suspend Huselius from National Team (Torino Olympics) for his hotel room behaviour.

At 12:25 a.m., July 03, 2008, Anonymous keith said...

I'd hardly call Juice a "proven" 30 goal scorer given he's had only one such campaign, but he certainly should pop 25+ for the Jackets.

We re-signed Langkow for less. I know which of the two I'd rather have.

At 8:58 a.m., July 03, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

??? of course he's a proven 30 goal scorer. He proved that he could score 30 goals in the NHL by scoring 30 goals in the NHL, thus he has proven he can score 30 goals in the NHL, thus he's a proven 30 goal scorer.

At 10:33 a.m., July 03, 2008, Anonymous Brady said...

Zherdev will tank in NYC. He'll show flashes, but his fragile mental state was challenged in a college town with a kind/compliant press corps. He'll make Sean Avery look stable.

At 10:59 a.m., July 03, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Z will be signed with a team in Russia this time next year


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