Jackets trade Johansen to Predators for Jones
NASHVILLE, TENN. – The Nashville Predators traded defenseman Seth Jones to the Columbus Blue Jackets for center Ryan Johansen on Wednesday, giving up a young piece of their defense in search of some more offense.
Johansen, 23, played in every game for Columbus the past two seasons, and the 6-3, 218-pound center from Vancouver, British Columbia, had six goals and 20 assists in 38 games this season. He has 79 goals and 114 assists in 309 career games and was the fourth overall pick in the 2010 draft.
Jones, 21, was the fourth overall pick in the 2013 draft, and the righthanded 6-3 defenseman has played 40 games for Nashville this season with one goal and 10 assists.
•CROSBY NOT AN ALL-STAR: The Panthers and Washington each have three players and a coach going to the new All-Star 3-on-3 tournament this month in Nashville, but the Penguins' Sidney Crosby was not among the final 40 All-Stars announced Wednesday. Crosby is ranked 36th in the league in points after a slow start but has 22 points in his past 20 games. For a complete list of the All-Stars, see Scoreboard on page C7.
•KINGS LAND LECAVALIER, SCHENN: The Kings acquired forward Vincent Lecavalier and defenseman Luke Schenn from the Flyers for center Jordan Weal and a third-round draft pick. Lecavalier, 35, has been a healthy scratch for the Flyers for much of the season and has just one assist in seven games. He has three years remaining on his contract at an average of $4.5 million. Schenn, 26, has two goals and three assists and is in the last year of his deal worth $3.6 million.
•CAPITALS SIGN RICHARDS: The Capitals agreed to terms on a $1 million, one-year deal with center Mike Richards. Richards, 30, was charged with possession of a controlled substance at the Canadian border last summer.