Tue, Mar 12, 2013 at 5:59pm


The Columbus Blue Jackets acquired forward Matthew Ford from the Philadelphia Flyers for future considerations.

What does it give the Columbus Blue Jackets
Ford has been a reliable goal scorer at the AHL level for several years, so perhaps the Blue Jackets are trying to boost organization morale by bolstering their Springfield team with a quality vet. Springfield currently leads the AHL's Northeast division, and Ford can help them continue winning. That said, he is 28 years old now and isn't really a prospect, and has never played in the NHL. Then again, on a young, thin team like Columbus, maybe Ford can finally eventually get a chance at the big-time.

What does it give the Philadelphia Flyers
The Flyers are very deep at forward with young talent, so by moving Ford they seem to simply be opening up some ice time at the AHL level for their younger players (such as recently-demoted {P Tye McGinn}). Adirondack is currently in the basement of the same AHL division as the Blue Jackets (the Northeast), so it makes sense for them to give more minutes to their younger charges at this point in the season.

Fantasy impact
Ford's fantasy prospects probably get a small boost by moving from a super-deep Flyers organization to a not-so-deep Blue Jackets system, but he still is a definite longshot to make a splash at the NHL level.

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