Three Defensemen the Columbus Blue Jackets Could Look to Trade Before the Deadline

The Jackets have a log jam on the blue line. With several players who don't fit into the long-term plans, they should look to clear that log jam up before the March 8th trading deadline.
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We're in another season of certainty for the Columbus Blue Jackets. What I mean by that is, we know for certain that they're going to be sellers at the trade deadline yet again.

This team doesn't stand a realistic chance at a playoff spot. They can't even string together three wins in a row - let alone a long enough streak to push them up the standings. Currently, the Jackets sit dead last in the Eastern Conference by points percentage (.411%).

This means that the franchise is stuck in another year of evaluation; trying to figure out who fits here long-term, and where they might fit into those plans.

With just a quick peek at the team's roster situation, I quickly wrote down several players that I have a hard time seeing a future for in Columbus; at least when this team is finally ready to contend for a playoff spot.

We'll break this into two parts, starting today with the defensemen. Now, I know what you're all thinking, but this list doesn't include a guy like Erik Gudbranson. While I don't see him sticking around here for too many more years, I don't think they'll trade him any time soon.

Adam Boqvist
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I also have a hard time seeing Adam Boqvist as a long-term fit here, but that seems like a package type of move for the summer. David Jiricek and Damon Severson are the long-term guys on the right side of this team's top-four.

We narrowed the list down to three defensemen. We'll talk about what they bring, why the team should trade them, and what they might get in return for each of them.