Despite the past weekend being more about picks for the Blue Jackets than trades, there's still a clear need for the team to improve their defense, and ideally they want to find a player who fits the "core" of the club - relatively young, talented, and skilled.
Almost every team wants a player like that, so it's difficult to find one on the trade or UFA market - but reports from this weekend indicated that one might just be available.
He's in the right age range for the Jackets' needs, has been a solid 2nd pairing d-man, and might be able to bump up to first pairing duties with the right partner. Sounds like a great fit - if the two sides can figure out a deal. It also doesn't hurt that both Jackets president John Davidson and GM Jarmo Kekalainen know him from their time in the Blues' organization - but that could also mean that St. Louis would be willing to demand a little more from them as a result.
Like many of the potential trade targets for Columbus, St. Louis is looking at some holes to fill at forward, and since they still need to sign Vladimir Tarasenko to a new deal, they'll probably be looking for a budget friendly transaction. Kerby Rychel seems like a piece that the team would dangle - perhaps Dalton Prout or Cody Goloubef as well?
Now here's the fun part - I talked to the folks over at SBNation's Blues blog, St. Louis Game Time, and they're going to take a look at what you guys come up with, and write us a response with their thoughts.
So, let's get our thinking caps on, and give us some ideas in the comments!