The Columbus Blue Jackets and Nashville Predators executed the biggest trade of the NHL season earlier today.
The Jackets sent #1C Ryan Johansen to Hockey Tonk ® in exchange for 2013 4th overall pick Seth Jones.
It’s a trade that addresses extreme need for both teams.
Nashville has been searching for a #1C for years and Columbus has been shy on the blue line for almost as long.
Most of the comments I’ve seen are worried about C depth in Columbus which is pretty much balderdash.
It’s obvious that Columbus is waving a white flag on the season, understandably, and are positioning the team for the future.
After the departure of Johansen, here’s how the Jackets’ C depth looks going forward.
Wennberg is a revelation this season and the others on the list are not chopped liver.
The addition of Seth Jones, a potential #1D, is exactly what the Jackets need and, if he and Ryan Murray live up to their draft pedigree, they will have a superb top pairing for a decade.
I’d wager they will.
From the Nashville perspective, The Predators have a tremendous group on D and can afford to move one of them for strength down the middle.
If Nashville can find a scoring winger, this move makes them a legit Stanley Cup contender.
With more than $8 million in free cap space to work with, David Poile should be able to add pretty much anyone available for a cup run