Elliotte Friedman is reporting Josh Anderson, who remains unsigned eight days before the Columbus Blue Jackets begin their regular season, has requested a trade from the NHL club, although the club says that has not been conveyed to them.
GM Jarmo Kekalainen response to the trade request:
“This trade request is news to me,” he said. “And we are not looking to trade Josh Anderson.”
Anderson is an improving player who took a big step last season, Anderson was expected to be an important piece in the team’s plans for 2017-18. The Blue Jackets worked hard to avoid exposing him in the NHL Expansion Draft and it’s believed they rejected Colorado’s requests to include him in any Matt Duchene trade.
If the Blue Jackets do decide to make a move, there would be a lot of interest. Teams like what Anderson brings.