The Blue Jackets have traded defenseman Nikita Nikitin, the Rangers' 1st round pick, and our own 2nd round pick to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for center Sam Gagner and W prospect Antti Tyrvainen.
"We here in Columbus feel we could use the influx of skill and playmaking that Sam provides, and we feel he'll have tremendous success on a team that has a cohesive plan moving forward. He will be paired with Marian Gaborik on the first line headed into next season."
"We also like what we've read about Antti. He sounds like a difficult player to play against, and he will be given a fair shot at making the 4th line."
Columbus is looking for a top line winger, one of the LA/CBJ picks are available, as is Ryan Johansen.