Wennberg served up an assist and four shots in Sunday's 5-0 win over the Canucks. Wennberg snapped a 16-game point drought with the helper, a stretch interrupted by a spell in the press box. He's had a down year with 24 points in 70 appearances, the worst total since he recorded 20 points in his rookie season of 2014-15.
Wennberg wasn't traded by Monday's deadline, but he'll be a healthy scratch for Tuesday's clash with the Penguins, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports. Wennberg will be a spectator for a third straight game, and Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella sounds rather non-committal about how Wennberg -- who makes $4.9 million annually and is signed through 2022-23 -- fits into the plans following the team's trade acquisitions of Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel. "I'm not gonna say what happens to Wenny," Tortorella said. "He could be a big part of this before it's all said and done. I'm not sure how it all works out." Wennberg's confidence appears to be squashed this season; he only has two goals and 23 points, while posting fewer shots (55) than games played (59).
Wennberg will sit out for a second straight game Saturday against the Sharks. This is based on Jeff Svoboda of Jackets Insider's report that there will be no other lineup changes for Columbus from the previous game, aside from goalie Sergei Bobrovksy getting the home start. Wennberg remains a healthy scratch, but the reason for this is a bit of a mystery. It's possible that a trade is brewing, but we can also see John Tortorella wanting to send the Swede a message with the forward having been held without a point for six straight games. Either way, fantasy owners shouldn't have Wennberg in Saturday's DFS lineup.
Wennberg will be a healthy scratch for Friday's game against the Senators, Tom Reed of The Athletic reports. The Blue Jackets have yet to release any details regarding the circumstances surrounding Wennberg's exclusion from the lineup, but it's quite possible they may be in discussions with another club to move him ahead of Monday's trade deadline. The 24-year-old pivot hasn't been great this season, notching 23 points in 59 games, and Columbus can certainly afford to part ways with him after acquiring Matt Duchene from the Senators on Friday.
Wennberg earned an assist over 19:38 of ice time in Thursday's 4-3 loss to the Jets. Wennberg's assist snapped an eight-game pointless streak. The Swede's season had already seen its fair share of struggles, but Wennberg hadn't scored a point since Jan. 8 and has only scored one goal over 50 contests this season. The center also saw 4:09 of power-play ice time, the fourth-most he's seen in a game this year.
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