What you missed in Columbus for April 12
The Blue Jackets teardown begins, the city mourns the loss of a music legend and more from the weekend
On Sunday, in the midst of a challenging (read: bad) season, the Columbus Blue Jackets took another step toward what appears to be a larger rebuild, trading team captain Nick Foligno to the Toronto Maple Leafs for a 2021 first-round draft pick and a fourth-round pick in 2022. (The trade follows a Saturday three-team deal in which the Jackets sent defender David Savard to Tampa Bay for a 2021 first-round pick and a third rounder in 2022.)
"This is an opportunity for me," said Foligno, who was in the final year of a six-year contract. "Let's be honest: It's been a tough year here in Columbus, and I take a lot of that responsibility, so this is an opportunity that I get that I'm not going to waste."
On Saturday, news broke on social media about the death of Columbus musician Bob Petric, long-running guitarist for pugnacious rock band Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments. (Click here to read the remembrance by Bela Koe-Krompecher posted to Alive on Sunday.)
After checking out Koe-Krompecher's heartfelt tribute, give a listen to Petric's gorgeous guitarwork in TJSA's "Fire in the Swimming Girl" below.
In an unwelcome development, the coronavirus case count in Ohio continues to rise. For the week ending Sunday, 15,444 new cases were reported, up from 12,389 the previous week, an increase of 25 percent. The state also appears to be lagging in vaccine distribution, with the Dispatch reporting that Ohio ranked 33rd among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 34.7 percent of its residents at least partially vaccinated (the national rate is 35.9 percent).
Finally, in this week's local reality TV update, Columbus native Deshawn Goncalves advanced to the top 16 on "American Idol" on Sunday. This follows Service Bar chef Avishar Barua joining with Shota Nakajima to win the team challenge on "Top Chef" last week — a welcome bounce-back after Barua landed in the bottom three in the premiere episode. The third episode of "Top Chef" airs this Thursday at 8 p.m. on Bravo. In the interim, if anyone has a gif of Barua and Nakajima's celebratory high five, please send it our way.