Since the beginning of the season, only eight trades have been realized and they were all involving low impact or minor league players. Yesterday, two general managers, Nashville Predators GM David Poile and Columbus Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainendecided to take action by concluding a significant trade. The Preds traded 21-year-old defenseman Seth Jones to the Blue Jackets in exchange forcenter Ryan Johansen.

Midway through the regular season, this trade represents the most important trade of the season.

Seth Jones, the fourth overall pick of the 2013 NHL draft and son of ex-NBA player Popeye Jones, is currently playing his third season in the league. He recorded one goal and 10 assists in 40 games with the Predators this season. Jones is not an offensive defenseman archetype, but he's a player that has the potential to develop in the next few years.

Playing behind Roman Josi and Shea Weber (both All-Star defensemen in Nashville) he will have all the playing time he needs to develop his game in Columbus.

The Blue Jackets (currently last in the NHL) need to move on from this season in order to concentrate on the years to come. Trading for Jones is certainly a move in that direction. They traded for a defenseman that has the potential to be a star in the future, and a player that the Jackets can build around.

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Even if the Jackets acquired a future skilled defenseman, Jackets fans will have to wait to watch their favorite team improve.

Ryan Johansenwas the price to pay to have Jones in Ohio. On paper, Johansen looks like a player that will be missed in Columbus, but it might not be the case. Surely, the Jackets have fewer offensive weapons without Johansen, but his departure addressed the tense relationship between he and his former team.

First of all, the Victoria, Canada native didn't report to the Blue Jackets training camp last season because of a contract dispute. Furthermore, this season, many reports claimed that the relationship between he and new coach John Tortorella was not good. When Tortorella put him on a healthy scratch for a game in mid-December, rumors immediately speculated that his relationship with the Jackets reached rock bottom and that he was on his way out of Columbus.

These rumors became real yesterday and Johansen will have the chance to have a fresh start in Nashville. Acquiring a scorer like Johansen will likely resolve Nashville problems to score goals.

"Today, in my belief, we accomplished something that we haven't been able to in 18 years of our history, and that's to acquire a No. 1 center," said Nashville Predators general manager, David Poile.

Poile is not wrong.

They have a good young center in Filip Forsberg. Last season, he scored 26 goals and 63 points, but he looks much like a future second line center with the way he played and produced this season (10 goals in 40 games). Johansen can easily score more than 30 goals.This acquisition will logically help the team score more goals.This season, the Preds have struggled to score. They're 18th in goals scored and goals scored/game. If Johansen has the skills to resolve their scoring problems, maybe the Preds can make a playoff run.

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