Columbus, OH –
Columbus defenseman Marc Methot has rounded out into the Blue Jackets best all-around defenseman since head coach Scott Arniel took the reigns of this club. The coaches system seems tailor-made for the way that Methot plays the game. He’s not afraid to jump up into the play, nor skate the puck all the way to the goal line when it’s warranted. But lately, he’s added another element to his game; that of pugilist.
In his last three games, he’s ended up dropping the gloves on two occasions. While he’ll never be confused with being an enforcer, he knows when it’s time to stick up for a teammate or himself. It’s ironic, really, that the last two fights have resulted from him checking cleanly, an opposing player.
On January 22nd, the Blue Jackets were in the home of Anheuser Busch, eventually downing the Blues 5-2. Methot disrupted T.J. Oshie as he was coming into the Blue Jackets zone, taking a shoulder from Methot and spinning him around as Columbus cleared the zone. Blues defenseman Tyson Strachan took offense to the hit and went after Methot.
On February 1st, the Blue Jackets were hosting the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks. After Methot positively leveled Patrick Kane, Troy Brouwer decided he didn’t like that and dropped the gloves with Methot.
“He asked me to go,” said Methot. “He was defending his teammate and I respect that. At that point of the game, why the hell not? He didn’t really catch me off-guard (like Strachan did). I was ready for it. Late in the game when we’re down a couple of goals, you won’t see me on the ice that much. So, if there’s any other way I can contribute, that’s one of them.”