Saturday, July 28, 2007

Wright Returns to Columbus

It's been a pretty quiet offseason for Columbus. No major signings or trades to report. I patiently await Howson to make a move that no one has predicted yet, and no one probably will until it happens. The Columbus Front Office is waiting to see where the trade market goes in the next month or two. I still hold out hope that the Jackets will pick up a centerman and a defenseman. It's pretty much too late to get a top-tier player, but there's plenty of teams who have a second or third line forward who could be starting here in Columbus.

That aside, the Jackets welcomed back a familiar face this week. Tyler Wright, a centerman who spent 4 and 1/4 seasons in Columbus, primarily on the checking line, has returned. Not to Nationwide's ice, but to it's office. Wright will be serving as the Director of Player Development, helping the franchise's young players move up the ranks and into the NHL.

I remember Wright mostly for gritty play and few clutch goals- nearly each of which caused a triumphant celebration on the ice, leading to Wright slamming face first into the glass. Not many Blue Jacket players can rile up a crowd like Wright did. I'm glad to have him back in town, and let's hope he can motivate some of our future stars.

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