The Columbus Blue Jackets have quietly put together a dangerous team and depending on the development of their young players and what other moves they make, they could make a push to be contenders this season. This is how the Columbus Blue jackets can be a contender this season.
At the Trade Deadline, a few trades are made
Columbus Blue Jackets trade Gustav Nyquist, Liam Foudy, Vladislav Gavrikov, 2023 2nd round pick to the Montreal Canadiens for Mike Hoffman, and Joel Edmundson.
This trade works out for both teams, as both Nyquist and Hoffman could use a change in scenery, and Edmundson would be an upgrade on the blueline over Gavrikov. Montreal also gets Liam Foudy for taking on Nyquist's bad contract.
Columbus Blue Jacket acquire Derek Grant from the Anaheim Ducks for 5th round pick '24.
Derek Grant is a great depth piece to have on the team for a contending team.
Joonas Korpisalo is dealt to the Montreal Canadiens for Sam Montembeault, conditional 4th round pick '23. Columbus will get MTL's 4th round pick if Korpisalo starts more than 35 games.
This is a cap move that will save the Blue Jackets 1.9 million in cap space, and Montembeault is a UFA after this season, so if it doesn't work out, they don't have to re-sign him.
This is how the lineup looks like after the trade deadline
This team is young but in the second half of the season, they might surprise some people and be able to make the playoffs in a tough division.