The Columbus Blue Jackets could benefit from adding Tyler Seguin from the Dallas Stars, however it would take a lot to get him.
The Columbus Blue Jackets have a number one center in Pierre-Luc Dubois, however behind him there’s no true second line center. Acquiring Tyler Seguin from the Dallas Stars in the midst of recent comments from the team’s CEO, would allow Dubois to either slot in as the second line center or essentially give the Blue Jackets two first lines.
The question likely on everyone’s mind is, what would it take for Jarmo Kekalainen to pry Seguin out of Dallas? The answer isn’t easy to guess, however one phrase will certainly answer the question: a lot.
Seguin won’t come cheap, even if he has fallen out of favor of management. He recently signed a long term extension which will take him nearly to the end of his career.
The Jackets would certainly need to send back a roster player in order for this trade to happen and an interesting fit would be Alexander Wennberg. His pure playmaking ability isn’t really useful for the Blue Jackets, however along side players like Valeri Nichushkin, Alexander Radulov and of course Jamie Benn he could turn into a number one center for the Stars.
Wennberg on his own certainly wouldn’t be enough to fetch Seguin, so adding a couple prospects would add quite a bit of value. Sonny Milano and Gabriel Carlsson have big potential going forward, but it’s difficult to see them slotting into the Blue Jackets roster any time soon. They may have better luck in Dallas.
But that’s not all it would likely take. Throw in a first round pick and then you have a deal that the Stars may accept.
The Columbus Blue Jackets would have a lot of work on their hands negotiating a Tyler Seguin deal, however if they can for a reasonable price, they should certainly do it.