The Blue Jackets have added some depth on defense, acquiring Edmonton defenseman Nick Schultz in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick, according to the Columbus Dispatch.
Schultz, 31, has spent the last two years in Edmonton after coming over from Minnesota at the ’12 deadline. He’s a steady presence — averaging close to 18 minutes a night — that is durable and rarely misses games (he played all 82 in 2011-12, and all 48 last season.)
Columbus was looking for blueline depth after veteran Fedor Tyutin suffered a high ankle sprain while playing for Russia at the Olympics.
Earlier today, the Jackets flipped Marian Gaborik to Los Angeles for winger Matt Frattin and a pair of picks.