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Predators And Blue Jackets Swap Seth Jones And Ryan Johansen In Blockbuster Deal

Big ol’ trade in the NHL today, with Vinny Lecavalier and Luke Schenn going to the Kings for—holy crap wouldja look at this one? Screw that Kings deal. We’ve got a good, old-fashioned, 1-for-1, star-for-star hockey trade! Nashville sends d-man Seth Jones to Columbus in exchange for center Ryan Johansen.

Both players are very good and still very young, so it feels like a straight offense-for-defense deal. The Predators, with high hopes for the season but currently sitting in the second wild card spot out west, apparently decided what they need is a potential No. 1 centerman in Johansen, 23, and they needed him more than whatever Jones will develop into. The Blue Jackets, having a miserable year, now have in the 21-year-old Jones a potential blue-line anchor for the foreseeable future.

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Both were fourth-overall draft picks, though three years apart, and both are relatively cheap—but that’ll change soon. Johansen is signed through next season and will become a restricted free agent in 2017; Jones is a pending RFA, and an extension was apparently not a prerequisite for this deal.

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