Sun, Jul 1, 2012 at 3:07pm

FOLIGNO HEADS TO JACKETS FOR METHOT

The Columbus Blue Jackets acquired forward Nick Foligno from the Ottawa Senators for defenseman Marc Methot.

What does it give the Columbus Blue Jackets
A tough customer and an above-average scoring forward, Foligno is a bit of a steal here for Columbus (considering his production and Methot's lack of durability). Look for Foligno to slot in on one of the Blue Jackets' top two lines, and be a potential leader with the young and rebuilding Jackets early on. He will be a restricted free agent next season, so Columbus gets a year to audition and make a decision on him.

What does it give the Ottawa Senators
The Sens need a player like Methot right now: a big, strong, stay-at-home rearguard with veteran leadership ability (since many of their current core d-men of the offensive variety and/or very young). Injuries are always a concern with Methot, but he's effective when healthy. Even better, Methot is an Ottawa native so should be a hit with the home fans. The Senators give up a good player in Foligno to get him, but Methot fills a key need. Recent signee {P Guillaume Latendresse} should step in to replace Foligno on the second line.

Fantasy impact

Player focus

Columbus Blue Jackets

Nick Foligno LW

Ottawa Senators

Marc Methot D