Columbus Blue Jackets: Is a Major Trade Brewing?

February 4th, 2011 by Ed Cmar Leave a reply »
Trade discussions around the NHL are heating up as teams move closer declaring themselves as “buyers” or “sellers.”

And with the deadline looming, speculation arises with all the hockey pundits, including TSN’s Darren Dreger, who reported that the Blue Jackets could be on the verge of a major deal in yesterday’s version of The Dreger Report.

Sources around the league consider the Columbus Blue Jackets to be among those most eager and, perhaps, closest to making a significant deal.

Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson doesn’t speak publicly about trade negotiations and won’t comment on speculation that a few of his key players may be in play. However, Columbus goaltender Steve Mason (the 2009 NHL Rookie of the Year), young forward Jakub Voracek (selected seventh overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft) and 28-year-old defenseman Rusty Klesla—the Blue Jackets’ first-ever draft pick (fourth overall in 2000) are believed to be drawing trade interest.

The Blue Jackets’ needs are many, although a top line center and a high-quality defenseman are said to be on Howson&rsq ...

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