There's always room for more (or better) centers on the Columbus Blue Jackets' roster.
A former Blue Jacket, Anisimov is in the middle of his 11th NHL season, while playing for three different teams along the way: the New York Rangers, the Blue Jackets, and now the Blackhawks.
The Russian veteran has two and half years more on his current contract which has a $4.55 million cap hit annually, so he wouldn't be a rental. LeBrun also stated that Anisimov has a "10-team list of teams he would go to as part of his modified no-trade clause."
It's no clear whether the Blue Jackets are on that approved list, but LeBrun noted that Columbus could be a nice fit for the former center who could immediately jump into a large(r) role on a team that lacks depth in the middle.
Anisimov has 24 points through 51 games, on pace for a nearly 40-point season. He's 30 now, but acquiring him now for the next two years wouldn't be much of a risk with his age.
In three seasons with the Blue Jackets, Anisimov totaled 84 points in 168 games played.
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