The Columbus Blue Jackets have traded minor league defenseman Blake Siebenaler to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for a conditional draft pick in 2019. This move clears a contract off the books for the Blue Jackets, giving them three open spots under the 50-contract threshold. Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports that the Blue Jackets will receive a seventh-round pick if Siebenaler plays ten games for the Penguins.
A third-round pick from 2014, Siebenaler hasn’t been able to make much of an impact across three professional seasons. The 6’2″ defenseman has 14 points in 83 career games for the Cleveland Monsters, and had fallen down the depth chart due to a shoulder injury that robbed him of much of 2017-18. Clearing his contract slot was likely much more valuable than any return, given the Blue Jackets have been looking for additions at the trade deadline to aid in their playoff run.
The Penguins meanwhile add a right-handed defenseman who once was considered to have solid offensive upside for very little cost. Siebenaler is scheduled to become a restricted free agent this summer but will not be arbitration eligible, meaning they will likely bring him back on an inexpensive two-way deal.