Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen went all-in at the trade deadline, seemingly improving his roster without trading blue chippers Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky.
Now, in the middle of a three-game losing streak that’s resulted in the Blue Jackets falling out of a playoff spot, Kekalainen feels that the team he assembled to make a deep run this spring lacks cohesion.
“We have to start playing like a team,” Kekalainen said, according to The Athletic’s Aaron Portzline. “Right now, we’re looking like a group of individuals who are pulling in different directions. We don’t look like a team.”
Columbus has won just five contests since the trade deadline, scoring a measly 2.08 goals per game.
Since the Blue Jackets’ big deadline moves, new acquisition Matt Duchene has delivered three goals and six points in 15 games and Panarin – Columbus’ leader in points this season – has just one goal during that span, leaving Kekalainen to question his team’s sense of accountability.