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[Rumour] Blue Jackets shopping Nikita Nikitin

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According to Jim Matheson, they are willing to move the defenseman as they need depth scoring:

The Blue Jackets are trying to move defenceman Nikita Nikitin to get Tim Erixon (a piece of Rick Nash trade) up from the minors. Nikitin was very good the last 30 games for the Jackets last season, but his play has dropped way off.


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Not sure if serious.

Nikitin is a pending UFA, but he's also got a lot to offer.

Skates well, moves the puck well, big guy who is reasonably physical - and a decent cap hit (2.15).

Don't imagine they'd have a great deal of difficulty moving him if there is anything to the rumour.

If his play has 'dropped off', it's not really reflected in his underlying numbers (a mere 7 games).

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