Predators acquire Ryan Johansen from Blue Jackets for Seth Jones

Doug MacLean talks about the Predators trading Seth Jones to Columbus for Ryan Johansen, a move they were afforded by unmatched depth on the blue line.

Ryan Johansen‘s time with the Columbus Blue Jackets has come to an end.

The Blue Jackets sent Johansen to the Nashville Predators in exchange for defenceman Seth Jones Wednesday.

Johansen, the Blue Jackets’ first-round pick (4th overall) in the 2010 NHL Draft, had been at odds with John Tortorella since he took over head coaching duties on October 21. Tortorella made Johansen a healthy scratch for a game in December.

The Blue Jackets are in need of help on the blue-line, and Jones’ arrival will help the club in that area. Columbus currently sits in last place in the NHL.

The Predators selected Jones fourth overall in the 2013 draft. The 21-year-old has one goal and 11 assists in 40 games this season.

Johansen, a one-time 30-goal scorer, has six goals and 26 points in 38 games.

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