Crashing the Net: Chaput almost nabs a 'Gordie Howe hat trick'
DEC 19, 1:06p ET | Rick Gethin
Rotowire: Jan 6 / 11:34a ET
News: The Blue Jackets assigned Chaput to AHL Springfield on Tuesday.
Impact: Mark Letestu will finally make his return to the Jackets' lineup on Tuesday after missing 28 consecutive games due to injury. As such, Columbus no longer needs Chaput to fill the void that existed at center during Letestu's absence. Chaput has tallied five points through 33 games with the Jackets this season.
Rotowire: Dec 18 / 8:36p ET
News: Chaput scored the first goal of his NHL career and racked up seven PIM in Thursday's overtime loss to Washington.
Impact: He'd managed just five assists and no goals over his first 43 NHL games, but broke through at a pivotal moment Thursday, giving the Jackets a late 4-3 lead -- though they gave it back and went on to lose in overtime. As he sees fourth-line ice time and rarely so much as puts a shot on goal, there's not much fantasy value to be mined here.