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Blue Jackets grab Colton Gillies on waivers from Minnesota

Minnesota Wild v Los Angeles Kings

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 08: Rob Scuderi #7 of the Los Angeles Kings falls to the ice after a collisioni with Colton Gillies #18 of the Minnesota Wild during the first period at Staples Center on December 8, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson is trying to do things to change the team’s fortunes. He’s trying.

Howson pulled the trigger and grabbed former Wild first-round pick Colton Gillies off of waivers. Unfortunately for the Blue Jackets, Gillies was on waivers from the Wild for a reason - he hasn’t been very good.

In 89 career games with the Wild, Gillies has just three goals and seven assists. He’s a career fourth line grinder type of forward and going to Columbus in that sort of role is curious as the Blue Jackets have plenty of guys who fill that need as it is.

Howson must be banking on Gillies’ familiarity with interim coach Todd Richards and having a change of scenery to maybe unlock his career. Gillies played in just seven games for Richards last season in Minnesota.