Elvis Merzlikins could be traded by the Columbus Blue Jackets any time
We already know that Elvis Merzlikins has requested a trade from the Columbus Blue Jackets. We don't know whether or not they have started trying or if they even will.
Like Markstrom, Merzlikins got a cryptic Tweet about him from Kevin Weekes as well. These came before the news that Merzlikins officially requested a trade from Columbus.
The Blue Jackets have been bad again this year which is a shame. It felt like they might take another step forward after injuries killed them last year but a lot of factors are contributing to another nightmare season here in 2023-24.
Merzlikins is 8-8-6 with a 3.22 goals-against average and a .906 save percentage. You can't help but wonder what his stats would look like if he were brought over to another team that plays much better in front of him.
He might not be as coveted as a guy like Markstrom but the Markstrom does play on a much better team right now. The injuries that Markstrom is dealing with might also sway teams to look in another direction. Merzlikins could be that guy for someone.