The Colorado Avalanche and the Columbus Blue Jackets have been connected in trade rumors for quite some time now due to the rumors surrounding Avalanche star forward Matt Duchene, but it may be a Blue Jackets player that finally forces the deal to get done.
Earlier today we reported on the trade demands that are believed to have been made by restricted free-agent forward Josh Anderson, and it sounds like those trade demands may have been a tactic from Anderson's camp to facilitate a potential trade between the Avalanche and the Blue Jackets.
TSN insider Bob McKenzie was a guest on TSN 1040 radio on Thursday, and he appeared to indicate that Anderson's agents would be open to some kind of sign & trade deal with the Avalanche.
"No. 1: I don’t know that the trade request is a specific trade request as in, ‘Get me the hell out of here,’ not that he wouldn’t look favorably on that," said McKenzie as per Fanrag's Chris Nichols. "But I think it was probably more in the context of the possibility that maybe there was a door open to a potential sign and trade if the Blue Jackets were to go down the trade route with Colorado on Matt Duchene. And Anderson’s name has been tied to that in the past. And I think the so-called trade request or trade demand – whatever you want to call it – was probably more along the lines of, ‘Well if you are going to trade him to Colorado, maybe we could work something out where there’s a sign-and-trade as part of it’ and what have you."
Anderson demonstrated last year that he has the skills and the size to be a dominant power forward in the National Hockey League, and the Blue Jackets reportedly rejected a trade proposal from the Avalanche that included Anderson earlier this summer. Now that the Jackets and Anderson's relationship has deteriorated to the point of a trade demand being made however, the deal may finally get done.