Also presenting his case was the general manager of the Columbus Blue Jackets, Scott Howson. He had a chance to discuss his free agency moves.
"To get good players, you have to give up good players and I feel like we really improved our puck handling in the back end," Howson said.
In the first week of July the Blue Jackets traded forwards Nikolai Zherdev and Dan Fritsche to the New York Rangers for defensemen Fedor Tyutin and Christian Backman.
Howson also provided an update on contract negotiations with the Blue Jackets talented young goaltender, Pascal Leclaire.
"Negotiations are all about changing people's expectations, and we worked on Pascal's expectations and now he's working on ours," Howson said.
I am really hopeful to see good defense this upcoming season.