Nashville Predators Acquire Ryan Johansen

In a stunning announcement on Wednesday afternoon, the Nashville Predators and Columbus Blue Jackets made a blockbuster trade.

The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired defenseman Seth Jones from the Nashville Predators in exchange for center Ryan Johansen.

Johansen, 23, was the fourth overall pick in the 2010 NHL Draft. He had fallen out of favor recently in Columbus, but had 193 points in 309 games with the Jackets. In Johansen, Nashville is acquiring the top line center they have coveted for years.

Jones, 21, was the fourth overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft. He has only 11 points in 40 games this season, and his first game with Columbus will be the 200th of his NHL career. With Shea Weber and Roman Josi headed to this year’s All-Star Game, Nashville felt they could deal a talented young player from their deep blue line to add an impact center.

11 thoughts on “Nashville Predators Acquire Ryan Johansen

  • January 6, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    Now there really is no team with 4 top defenseman.

  • January 6, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    when this showed up on my phone… i thought it had to be a joke

  • January 6, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    Weber has his hands full trying to lead a winning culture with the mounting list of questionable characters in Nashville. (Neal, Riberio)

  • January 6, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    As far as I am concerned, neither team improved significantly.

  • January 6, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    I can’t believe Nashville gave up Jones. My initial reaction is big win for Columbus. Nashville gives up a top young D man for a disgruntled head case.

  • January 6, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    I’m with you Ryandale, when I saw it I thought I had misread it. Really strange move by Nashville IMO. Columbus gets a great young D-man and Nashville gets a kid with incredible potential, but…We’ll see.

  • January 6, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    So… that’s a no on Shaw for Seth Jones ?

    These 2 teams…the Preds and the Jackets…get the f**k out of here with this trade. These guys can’t draft a no.1 C and the other ones can’t draft a top pair Dman if their life depended on it.
    So it’s flashy…but it’s a huge sign of weakness.

  • January 6, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    Is Johansen really any better then Flip Forsberg? I know Johansen has a longer resume but im not sure how much better he is. Talk to me in a year but there is more value w a defenseman. Columbus is still a fucking joke of a team!

  • January 6, 2016 at 11:26 pm

    After the Hawks-Pens game tonight on NBC Sports, the panel evaluated the trade. They showed clips of Johansen standing around while other teams set up scoring plays. He can’t play 2-way. Agree with SPRINGFIELD – I’d rather have Jones. But, as they say, time will tell. Saad is left with Foligno as the only other elite offensive player. Well, at least he has a nice contract and is putting up good numbers, but he won’t be seeing any playoff action anytime soon.

  • January 6, 2016 at 11:47 pm

    Nashville also sent a pick. Let’s remember Nashville is a budget team and this is Jones’ last year on his elc. They have Weber’s massive deal. Josi signed a big deal too. As did Ekholm. Ellis is signed long term at 2.5 per. All produce more offensively than Jones. And with the exception to Weber are all 25. Jones is 21.

    Also, was listening to NHL on Sirius. Glen Healy said he wouldn’t be shocked if the Hawks traded for Saad. I thought that was funny.

  • January 7, 2016 at 9:38 am

    This is a good trade for both teams. Nashville desperately needs a frontline offensive minded forward. Under any other circumstances, an immense talent like Johansen would never be available. But he has had his problems, and therefore he could be had. Getting out of the unruly mess that is the Columbus Blue Jackets will help him immensely. Jones is an outstanding talent. He will be huge in Columbus.

    Win-win blockbuster.

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