Michael Russo's short takes: March 11

  • Updated: March 11, 2012 - 1:03 AM
Glad to be here (really)

Two weeks after the Columbus Blue Jackets traded disgruntled forward Jeff Carter to Los Angeles for Jack Johnson and a first-round pick, Carter returned to Columbus and was booed every time he touched the puck.

The team even offered Jackets fans the chance to bring their Jeff Carter No. 7 jerseys to the arena gift shop and have the "Carter" switched to "Johnson" for free. Johnson also wears No. 7.

When Johnson was traded, "People were telling my parents, 'Oh, I'm sorry.' But I was like, 'Why? I'm happy.' It's been great. The opportunity is a better one for me here. It's been an easy transition, and that's pretty much a credit to the guys in the room."

Renney or not

Tom Renney is in the last year of his contract and nobody has approached him yet about an extension, so this could be it for the Edmonton Oilers coach.

"That's life. It didn't work out real well the last time. It was toodaloo," Renney said, laughing, referring to when he was in the last year of his contract with the Rangers. "The circumstances are different here. We're rebuilding. The team and the coaches should be evaluated when the season ends. I have no problem with that. I'll stand front and center and put my body of work out there."

Rookie of the Year race is over

Any doubt Colorado's Gabriel Landeskog should be Rookie of the Year? He has scored 18 goals and 43 points in 69 games and is plus-19. The next highest Av is plus-10.

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