Frattin fits with Jackets' style
CHICAGO -- Matt Frattin admitted that trade deadline day wasn't the easiest of days, but its rapid pace was more of a benefit than a detriment.
On one hand, he was leaving a group of close friends in Los Angeles and a team he joined over the summer, a team gearing up for a playoff run. But on the other, he was jumping right into another playoff race with the Blue Jackets, a team that wanted him in a trade and wanted him in Chicago as soon as possible.
While the emotions are mixed, the predominant feeling is excitement when someone wants you, he said.
Frattin caught the first flight out of Los Angeles following the trade deadline and joined the Blue Jackets in Chicago on Wednesday night. He caught the first bus to United Center on Thursday morning, shook hands with new teammates and staff members and took his first morning skate with the Jackets.
Less thinking, more doing is often a good thing - and Frattin has already turned the page to his new chapter in Columbus.
"It was an hour before the deadline and you hear your name get called...you know it's a business, and you have to move on," Frattin said. "I came here last night, met everyone in the morning and (you can tell) it's a great group of guys already.
"Obviously it's a surprise, but I guess things didn't work out in LA. They gave me an opportunity and they have a great team there. They're trying to make a playoff push there but I'm real happy to be part of Columbus now."
Frattin's debut with the Blue Jackets didn't go as planned (for him or the team) in a 6-1 loss to the Blackhawks, but coach Todd Richards said he wanted both Frattin and new defenseman Nick Schultz to get into the lineup right away. Richards said the Blue Jackets have to see what the new guys can bring, and in his first outing, Frattin contributed what he said he hoped to bring.
He began the game on the right side of a line with Derek MacKenzie and Mark Letestu, the unit Richards likes to go to for instant energy. He played 13:17 in Chicago and was one of only five Blue Jackets to stay out of the "minus" column.
"I'm going to bring speed and physicality and do whatever I can to contribute to the team," Frattin said. "I think I play an all-around game.
"(The systems) are all kind of the same. I talked to the coaching staff, and they like to play that hard game like LA does, and they said it won't be too hard to get used to."