Blue Jackets Trade Former First Rounder Klesla to Phoenix

The trades are coming through very slowly today but hopefully this one opens the floodgates a little bit.

The Columbus Blue Jackets have traded former first-round pick, Rostislav Klesla to the Phoenix Coyotes for Scottie Upshall and Sami Lepisto.

Klesla was the first pick ever for the Blue Jackets franchise when they selected him with the fourth overall pick in the 2000 NHL entry draft. “Rusty” has been plagued by injuries in his career which has limited him from becoming a big factor on the Blue Jackets blueline.  He now moves to the desert to hopefully rejuvenate his career.

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