Bob McKenzie was on Toronto’s TSN 1050 on Friday afternoon.
On if he sees Columbus as a team that would be willing to shed bodies closer to the trade deadline:
“I think right now Columbus is in restructuring mode. That was a big trade, Johansen for Seth Jones, obviously.
“The year has been a disaster, in every way, shape or form. Even John Tortorella, the coach, goes down with broken ribs today in a collision in practice. Bobrovsky is hurt again.
“Just the whole thing is falling apart over the course of this season, so I think they’re wide open. I’m sure they’ve got their internal pecking order as to who they prioritize in terms of who they want to keep and who they want to go. But I think they’re all ears on just about anything. They’re likely to be very active, if not by the deadline – but I would certainly think by the deadline – and well into the off-season.
“Because they thought they had a pretty good team. They really thought this year was going to be good and they thought that last year was an injury-induced failure. Then when they got somewhat healthy down the stretch, they had a tremendous run to finish the year. It turned out to be fool’s gold because they came back with a healthy lineup this year and they were terrible. Awful.
“Suddenly it’s got to be a cold, hard awakening to wake up and see the team you thought was going to a playoff contender is basically one of the worst teams in the National Hockey League, and there’s no injury excuse around.
“And then you start to change direction. Now that Johansen is gone, you get a lottery pick and replace him with Auston Matthews or one of the big Finns and start to rebuild in a different direction.
“So I’m not sure which bodies will be flying out the door, but I’d be shocked if some don’t.”
Source: TSN 1050/ Transcript: Nichols