Wednesday evening was glorious. It gave us a good, old-fashioned hockey trade of an impact player for an impact player. No picks, no prospects, no retained salary, all real, no gimmicks. Center Ryan Johansen joins the Nashville Predators. Defenseman Seth Jones joins the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The natural question, commonly directed our way on social media over the past 24 hours: who wins the trade? As my colleague Jared Clinton has already pointed out, Johansen makes Nashville a better hockey team today. He’s the bellcow No. 1 center the Preds have never really possessed unless you count the brief whiff of Peter Forsberg.
But what about Columbus’ perspective? Does turning Nashville into a Stanley Cup contender imply the Blue Jackets lost the deal?
Not necessarily. While it’s true Johansen’s departure leaves a gaping hole in the Jackets’ depth chart, Jones becomes a new franchise pillar who could have a larger long-term impact than Johansen.
Recently-demoted Tampa Bay Lightning winger Jonathan Drouin declined to talk about his trade request when he spoke with the media on Tuesday. His silence on the matter, however, did nothing to quiet the speculation over his future with the Lightning.
Sportnet’s Elliotte Friedman doesn’t doubt Drouin will attract considerable interest around the league, but believes GM Steve Yzerman won’t be pressured into making a hasty decision. If Yzerman is fielding trade offers, Friedman thinks the asking price could vary from team to team.
Should Drouin hit the trade block, Friedman speculates teams with young assets, like the Chicago Blackhawks, Winnipeg Jets, Anaheim Ducks, Carolina Hurricanes, Nashville Predators, New Jersey Devils and perhaps the Ottawa Senators, could be possible suitors.
The NHL trading frenzy usually reserved for trade deadline day appears to have come early in 2016.
Just hours after a minor deal that sent Vincent Lecavalier and Luke Schenn from the Flyers to the Kings, the Blue Jackets and Predators upped the ante.
Columbus sent center Ryan Johansen to Nashville for defenseman Seth Jones in a rare, one-for-one blockbuster deal of two burgeoning stars.
Columbus Blue Jackets winger Nick Foligno and Minnesota Wild center Mikael Granlund got their names in the record book Tuesday night, and it’s hard to imagine a scenario in which the two players won’t be linked forever after tying the record for fastest goals by two teams when the pair scored two seconds apart.
The Blue Jackets trailed the Wild 2-1 late in the third period when Columbus coach John Tortorella decided to pull goaltender Anton Forsberg. With the net empty, Minnesota winger Zach Parise was able to notch his third goal of the outing to put the Wild up 3-1 with less than one minute remaining.
Down two goals, Tortorella decided to try his hand with the net empty once more. After a Columbus faceoff win, Forsberg again headed to the bench and this time the Blue Jackets capitalized when Foligno knocked home a loose puck with 16 seconds remaining in the game. Tortorella kept Forsberg off the ice for the post-goal faceoff, though, which set up the record-tying tally: Read more
Former OHL standout Kerby Rychel has played only 16 games in Columbus since being selected 19th overall by the Blue Jackets at the 2013 draft. This season alone he’s played 11 games and registered three assists, but he averaged less than eight minutes of ice time per game. According to a report, he’s unhappy with his playing time and has asked for a fresh start to his professional career with a new organization.
The Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline reported Sunday that Rychel, 21, asked for a trade before the season began. The Blue Jackets haven’t obliged to that request, but Portzline added the Rangers, Flames, Maple Leafs, Canadiens, Ducks, Bruins and Red Wings have all expressed interest in acquiring the young power forward. Read more
HELSINKI, FINLAND – While the Americans have put up some of the best offensive numbers of the world juniors so far, let’s not forget about the defense that has surrendered just five goals in four round robin games. Leading the charge on the blueline is Columbus Blue Jackets first-rounder Zach Werenski, a standout sophomore with the University of Michigan Wolverines and the captain of Team USA. He may not be Steve Rogers or Sam Wilson, but Werenski wears the title of Captain America with pride.
Columbus’ season hasn’t gone according to plan and it seems like every bit of good news is met with equal amounts of bad. It was no different Wednesday as the Blue Jackets announced goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky off the injured reserve only to replace him with winger Matt Calvert, who is out indefinitely with a lower-body injury.
Bobrovksy, 27, has been sidelined for the past 10 games after straining his groin in a Dec. 8 game against the Los Angeles Kings. Without Bobrovsky — who is arguably the Blue Jackets’ best player — Columbus has gone 3-6-1 and fallen further behind the Carolina Hurricanes at the bottom of the Metropolitan Division.
Through 25 games this season, Bobrovsky has an 11-12-1 record, one shutout, a 2.52 goals-against average and .916 save percentage. His injury couldn’t have been more ill-timed, though, because Bobrovsky was beginning to turn around his season in a big way after a shaky start to the year. Read more
Be it trade deadline deals or big off-season moves, 2015 wasn’t short on big names getting moved in the hockey world. Cap crunches and playoffs misses yielded the trades of core players, while some big name deals had the hockey world shocked at how quickly things can change.
Here are your top 10 trades of 2015: Read more