In a move that comes out of left field, the Columbus Blue Jackets have traded Cam Atkinson to the Philadelphia Flyers.
David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period has confirmed an original report by Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet.
Further to @FriedgeHNIC's reporting, I can add Cam Atkinson has been informed he's been traded to Philadelphia.— David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) July 24, 2021
Atkinson played in 627 games for the Blue Jackets, second all time for the franchise. Former Captain Rick Nash holds the franchise record of 674, a number that Atkinson would have surpassed with one more full season in Columbus. Atkinson also ranks second in franchise history in goals and points, and is fourth in assists.
"This is a significant trade for our club and we are very excited to welcome Jake Voracek back to the Blue Jackets family. He is a powerful, dynamic offensive player that will be a significant contributor to our club," said GM Jarmo Kekalainen in a press release. "Adding a player like that comes at a cost and I want to thank Cam Atkinson for his many contributions to the Blue Jackets and Columbus community over the past 10 years. He has made a lasting impact on our club and I wish he, Natalie and their family all the best."
Voracek was a first round pick of the Blue Jackets back in 2007. In three seasons with the club, he tallied 39-95-134 in 241 NHL games.