Jackets claim Skille off waivers

The Blue Jackets have claimed former Blue Jacket Jack Skille off waivers from the Islanders, which makes complete sense. Wait, what?

Well, I hope Jack Skille didn't put down too much money on a Long Island condo - or get rid of the spare key to his old place in Columbus.

The journeyman forward just found out that you can go home again, having been claimed off waivers by the Blue Jackets this morning.

Skille played 16 games in Columbus last season, plus all six playoff appearances, but signed a 1 year, $750,000 deal with the Islanders in the offseason. Though he appeared to have a decent training camp on Long Island, they made the decision to expose him to waivers yesterday with the plan of sending him down to Bridgeport to begin the season. So much for that plan.

With Columbus claiming Skille, it brings up some fascinating roster questions. Does this mean that Brian Gibbons will be out of the lineup longer than expected? (Or will start the season in Springfield?) Is it a sign that Corey Tropp or Kerby Rychel didn't make the cut for the opening day roster? Feel free to pull out your crystal balls and speculate.

Skille played up and down the lineup last season, including a brief spell with Ryan Johansen and Boone Jenner, so it's possible he could be penciled in as a fourth line winger and moved up as the team requires.

With the Johansen situation still unresolved, it seems like there's still a few more shakeups to come as head coach Todd Richards and GM Jarmo Kekalainen finalize their roster for Thursday's home opener, and aren't afraid to throw us a few curveballs along the way.

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