Nick Foligno Approves The Domi For Anderson Swap

Nick Foligno is one of the best captains in the league. The Columbus Blue Jackets have watched Foligno take ceremonial face-offs for five years now and the 33-year-old has been nothing but a coach's dream since the team named him their 6th captain in franchise history.

Foligno plays the game the right way and he's helped turn the Blue Jackets into one of the toughest teams to play against in the league. A defense-first mindset and an aggressiveness that stems from their coaching staff down to the players. 

The roster in Columbus with have a different flavor with the offseason trade that brought in Max Domi from Montreal in exchange for Josh Anderson. Domi joins Foligno to provide a totally different element than Anderson, meanwhile Anderson gives the Canadiens some much needed right wing production. It was a win-win trade for both clubs. 

Foligno recently spoke to the media and had this to say about the trade: 

I think we gained a really good player coming back in Max Domi. I know things maybe didn't work out the last year for him there, but I remember his first year there (in Montreal) and how dominant he was. For him to find that footing again and get all the opportunities that he's going to get here, it could be a really, really good thing for our team. (Anderson's) a great player.

Obviously, last year he had an injury season and couldn't find his way back, but he's a big asset. It was, I'm sure, not an easy decision for (general manager) Jarmo (Kekalainen) to make, and for all of us - we all love Josh, he's a great teammate. It was hard to see him go, but that's the business.

I think he's going to fit in really well there and do great things. I'm really happy that he seems to be in a place where he's excited about, and we'll miss him.

Domi wants to get back to his 28-goal season from 2018, it will be interesting to see how his offensive game fairs with head coach, John Tortorella's demand for shot blocking. He'll be an unrestricted free-agent in two years so he's not tied down there if things don't work out. For Anderson, he joins an up-and-coming Canadiens forward group and a team with one of the best goalies on the planet. Now signed to healthy contract Anderson will try to get back to his old tricks of lighting lamps. 

By the sounds of it, the fun begins in January 13th. You can bet Nick Foligno will have his team ready.

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