Report: Josh Anderson Has Requested A Trade From The Columbus Blue Jackets

By Sam Blazer on September 28, 2017 at 10:50 am
Josh Anderson gets ready during pregame warmups
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It looks like we are past the boiling point.

According to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman, forward Josh Anderson has requested to be traded from the Columbus Blue Jackets. Anderson and the Blue Jackets have negotiated all summer with little movement. Anderson is currently a restricted free agent.

Ferris has said he would send Anderson to Switzerland to practice with a team there while he waits for a new contract, but, at this time, I don’t know if that’s going to happen. If the Blue Jackets do decide to make a move, there would be a lot of interest. Teams like what Anderson brings.– Sportsnet's Elliotte Freidman

The Athletic’s Aaron Portzline reported the team and player were “as little as $150,000 per year (apart) on a three-year contract — but both sides are standing firm on principle.”

Anderson played in 78 games during the 2016-17 season, scoring 17 goals and putting up 12 assists. All of those totals were at even strength.

UPDATE: GM Jarmo Kekalainen told Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic that he's not aware of a trade request from Anderson; Friedman has not backed off his report, saying the issue may be one of semantics and that various options have been discussed, including a sign-and-trade agreement.


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