The hunt for a defenseman is on for Columbus.
Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch suggests the Devils and the Jackets may be talking a trade. Porty reports interest in Adam Larsson for Columbus and Cam Atkinson for New Jersey. Apparently, New Jersey has been eyeing Atkinson for a couple of seasons. Last season, Todd Cordell of Hockeybuzz rumored Columbus and New Jersey as trading partners, and he mentioned Eric Gelinas a couple times. To go back to Cam Atkinson, Eklund of Hockeybuzz mentioned a Cam Atkinson for Lars Eller rumor that almost went down, but Atkinson resigned with the Jackets instead. And finally, Elliote Freidman of Sportsnet mentioned a rumor with Shea Theodore and Columbus. These are very bizarre rumors because I find it hard for any of these youngsters leaving their current organizations, especially the commitment these teams put into these players. However, anything can happen in this league, so we will see. More to come...
Updated 2:15 pm ET
-Accorrding to Eklund, Luke Schenn (PHI) and Dennis Wideman (CGY) have been discussed. Surprising players involved since they have high salaries and short deals, and both are on struggling teams.
- The Fourth Period mentions Carolina, Tampa Bay, St. Louis, Philadelphia, and New Jersey have talked with Columbus. In Tampa, Braydon Coburn and Matt Carle have been rumored to be on the block; in Carolina (Ryan Murphy); and St. Louis (Carl Gunnarsson)