Blue Jackets Bench Two Star Players After Tough Night
BY JAMES CONNELLY NOVEMBER 17, 2023 (7:25)
Columbus' Slow Start
Heading into the season, the Columbus Blue Jackets were seen as a team that could potentially sneak into the playoffs if things went smoothly. Through the first 17 games of the year, they have been lackluster winning only 4 games and have 12 total points in the standings.
One of the main reasons why they have been losing games is because their star forwards Johnny Gaudreau and Patrik Laine have been rather disappointing. Through 17 games this year, Gaudreau only has six total points and through 8 games Laine only has three points.
Pascal Vincent Benches Gaudreau And Laine
In last night's game against the Arizona Coyotes, head coach Pascal Vincent sent a message to his two star players by benching them for the final part of the third period and keeping them off of the ice during an empty net 6-on-5 situation.
If these two do not turn things around soon, they will likely wind up on the trade block. We will now wait and see if they can turn things around or if this will be what the Blue Jackets deal with for this entire season.