Ramblings: Blue Jackets Injury Woes; Horvat; Bertuzzi; Carlson & More (Nov 16)

Alexander MacLean

2022-11-16

Whether or not you like Craig Button, he had a big take yesterday about Bo Horvat, said Horvat was done in Vancouver. Now, a lot of people immediately took that a step too far, thinking he's going to be traded tomorrow. While it's not impossible, it's as close as you can get. I think what Button is alluding to, is that Horvat's negotiations have not gone well, and may force Vancouver's hand by opting for free agency. If the Canucks are not in the playoffs come March and the trade deadline, then there's a very serious discussion to be had about whether he gets traded at that point or not.

Here's the radio clip from Button:

If he does get moved, Horvat is the kind of player that could turn almost any playoff team into a very real threat to go all the way. He scored again last night, adding two assists, and bringing this season's point total to 20 in 17 games. His underlying numbers really aren't far out of line either. The shooting percentage is a touch high, but it's only an extra goal or two that he has added as a result. He has grown into a point-per-game centre that will win 1000 faceoffs and adds over three shots per game. There aren't many of those around.

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Tyler Bertuzzi made his return to the Wings lineup, and was slotted right away onto the top line with Dylan Larkin and