Blue Jackets trade Clarkson, pair of draft picks to Golden Knights
The Columbus Blue Jackets anted up for some expansion draft protection and salary cap relief.
Vegas then flipped the 24th overall pick to Winnipeg for the Jets' first-round pick at the 2017 NHL Draft (13th overall) and third-round pick in 2019.
Vegas concurrently selected forward William Karlsson, who had been exposed by the Blue Jackets.
Clarkson, who missed all of 2016-17 due to injury and isn't expected to resume his career, remains under contract for three more seasons with a cap hit of $5.25 million.