The Columbus Blue Jackets have reportedly told Kerby Rychel to expect a trade at some point today.
Seems to be suggestions CBJ have told Kerby Rychel to be ready for a trade.
— Damien Cox (@DamoSpin) February 29, 2016
As reported by The Hockey Writers earlier this month, Rychel requested a trade to the organization after the forward failed to find a role for himself in the Blue Jackets’ organization.
Rychel has spilt the season between the Blue Jackets and their AHL affiliate Lake Erie Monsters. The 21-year old has garnered two goals and seven assists in 32 games with Columbus, in addition to five goals and 15 assists with Lake Erie in 21 games.
Earlier today, he was listed on the AHL’s transaction page as returned on loan to Lake Erie from Columbus, most likely so he can be eligible for the AHL playoffs.
Kerby Rychel could still be traded today: https://t.co/RfRaej6CLK
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) February 29, 2016
It’s unclear what teams could be interested in Rychel, but it’s most likely that the Jackets will look to acquire draft picks as the team enters the day with close to the fewest draft picks in the league.
Speaking of interesting propositions in the trade deadline world today, Brandon Pirri might be on the market.
Also take a look at The Hockey Writer’s Trade Deadline page for continuing coverage and analysis of all the days moves and deals.
Ben Smith covers the CHL for The Hockey Writers. He also writes for HockeyNow Magazine, FlamesNation and SB Nation.