In the latest installment of the Ottawa Sun, Bruce Garrioch wonders if the Blue Jackets could be interested in Canadiens center Lars Eller. Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen drafted Eller when he was with the Blues. His reasoning is that he believes the Blue Jackets are in need of a number one center. You could agree with that, but the Jackets have wingers that could play center; and what would it cost to get Eller? Last year, the Habs almost nabbed Cam Atkinson out of Columbus for him. But would Columbus be willing to give up a winger on pace for 50 points at the cost of a second/third line scorer?
Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe wonders if the Blue Jackets would be interested in Canucks Chris Higgins. Higgins was with Tortorella in New York and in Vancouver. The Canucks would have to pick up some of his salary. The question is who the Cancuks want as they are rebuilding on the fly. If they go for a young guy like Michael Chaput, then something might get done. Or, if they want to take some salary back, they could get someone like Dalton Prout.
Fedor Tyutin is definitely available in Columbus. John Tortorella and him haven't worked out in New York and Columbus. He is the Jackets highest paid defenseman right now, so he may be a tough move. If they can pull something off like they did with Nathan Horton and James Wisniewski last year, then that would be great for the Jackets. The only hope is it is a player with less term and less money coming back. Could someone like Nikita Niktin work?
More to come…