The Columbus Blue Jackets Trading Ryan Murray is a Strong Possibility, Per A Report

By Ben Jandrain on June 21, 2019 at 8:05 am
Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Ryan Murray battles along the boards against the Dallas Stars during a game in November of 2018
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The 2019 NHL Draft will be underway tonight. However, it's not who the Blue Jackets are selecting, but who might be on their way out that's getting the most attention due to the club not having a draft pick in the first two rounds.

The latest development of the offseason comes from Frank Seravalli, a Senior Hockey Reporter for TSNServalli recently published his first "Trade Bait Board," featuring 40 players with the ones most likely to get traded appearing at the top of the list. 

Which Blue Jackets player came in at No. 4 overall on the list? Ryan Murray.

It would be hard to see Murray go after recording a career-high 28 assists in 56 games, including a three-assist outing against the Chicago Blackhawks on Feb. 16.

Murray, however, has been riddled by injuries throughout his career. The contest following his aforementioned performance against the Blackhawks would be his last in a Jackets uniform for the 2018-19 season, with yet another injury. 

Columbus has the luxury of two bona fide star defensemen in Seth Jones and Zach Werenski leading the way.  

There are more questions than answers offensively for the team during the offseason, with Artemi Panarin seemingly gone and Matt Duchene maybe heading to another team as well.

Trading Murray could be the move Columbus makes to help solidify the group of forwards or add a draft pick as they prepare for the 2019-20 season. 

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