Thanksgiving getting to me. Maybe. In this weird rumor blog, I discuss the Ryan Johansen rumors in Columbus
Let's start with the facts- Darren Dreger reported that Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen might be available as teams have called Columbus about his availability. Also, one team said he is "softly" in play.
Let's state the obvious- Every star player gets discussed over the course of the careers. That has never changed. Never. NEVER.
Let's state the logistics- Every team needs a number one center. (Some) teams in the Western Conference prefer a one and a one A system. Teams that need number one centers include Nashville, Arizona, and Toronto. Some teams that may need or want an upgrade may include Ottawa, Florida, Vancouver, and Carolina.
Let's state the opinion- It is insane his name is mentioned in trade rumors. He is on a very good team that is (one) getting out of a slump and (two) getting better as the years go by. Why would Columbus want to trade a number one center? Who would even replace him in Columbus? What would they even get for him besides (maybe) a first round pick?
Let's see who'd I ask for from each team for Johansen
From Anaheim: Shea Theodore, Nick Ritchie, and a first round pick
From Arizona: Oliver Ekman-Larsson (straight up). He's that good.
From Boston: Torey Krug, either Ryan Spooner or Alex Khokhlachev, and the higher of first round pick (San Jose or Boston)
From Buffalo: Rasmus Ristolainen, Johan Larsson, William Carrier,Nicholas Baptiste, and a second round pick
From Calgary- Emile Poirier, T.J. Brodie, first round pick
From Carolina- Ryan Murphy, Victor Rask, Brock McGinn, first round pick.
From Chicago- Niklas Hjalmarsson, Phillip Danault, Ryan Hartman, first round pick
From Colorado- Tyson Barrie, J.T. Compher, first round pick
From Dallas- Mattias Janmark, Jamie Oleksiak, Patrick Nemeth, first round pick.
From Detroit- Alexj Holstrom, Ryan Sproul, Tomas Jurco, 1st round pick
Edmonton Oilers- Leon Draisaitl or Darnell Nurse,
Florida Panters- Rocco Grimaldi, Dmitri Kulikov, 1st round pick
Los Angeles Kings: Derek Forbort, Jordan Weal, first round pick
Minnesota Wild: Alex Tuch, Marco Scandella, first round pick
Montréal Canadiens: Jacob de la Rose, Jared Tinordi, first round pick
Nashville Predators: Ryan Ellis, Kevin Fiala, first round pick
New Jersey Devils: Eric Gelinas, Reid Boucher, Stefan Matteau, First round pick
New York Islanders: Ryan Pulock, Ryan Strome, first round pick
New York Rangers: Ryan Gropp, Dylan McIlrath, Brady Skjei, first round pick
Ottawa Senators: Patrick Wiercioch, Cody Ceci, first round pick
Philadelphia Flyers: Sean Couturier, Ivan Provorov, first round pick
Pittsburgh Penguins: Daniel Sprong, Olli Maatta, first round pick
San Jose Sharks: Mirco Mueller, Tomas Hertl, first round pick
St. Louis Blues: Colton Paryako, Ty Rattie, Joel Edmundson, first round pick
Tampa Bay Lightning: Slater Koekkoek, Nikita Kucherov, first round pick
Toronto Maple Leafs: Morgan Rielly, first round pound pick
Vancouver Canucks: Alex Edler, Brendan Gaunce, first round pick
Washington Capitals: Madison Bowey, Jakub Vrana, Connor Carrick, first round pick
Winnipeg Jets: Josh Morrissey, Nic Petan, first round pick
What are your thoughts? What would you take for Johansen? More to come...