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Blue Jackets Tried to Trade Dubinsky Contract, Looking at Two Forwards

The Columbus Blue Jackets are rumored to have tried to trade the contract of Brandon Dubinsky and are eyeing two NHL free agent forwards.

Suggesting the Columbus Blue Jackets are still looking for offense, NBC Sports’ Adam Gretz has cited comments by NHL insider Elliotte Friedman that the Blue Jackets tried to trade Brandon Dubinsky’s contract this offseason. He noted, that Friedman appeared on NHL Tonight and suggested the reason could be that the team has looked at Mike Hoffman or Mikael Granlund.

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As you can see from the video above, Friedman goes into detail about what the Blue Jackets overall approach seems to be. There have been previous rumors connecting Hoffman to the organization, so that development isn’t all that new. What’s interesting is that the Blue Jackets seem to be trying to clear more cap space beyond the $9.2 million they already have.

Dubinsky’s deal registers in at another $5.85 million dollars and if GM Jarmo Kekalainen could move it — any team taking him is doing so as a way of weaponizing cap space since he won’t play again — the Blue Jackets , would have more than $15 million to work with.

Hoffman is likely to cost somewhere around $6 million in free agency. That would bring the cap space for Columbus back down to $9 million if moving Dubinsky’s contract was a possibility. If the Blue Jackets allot for another huge chunk of change to restricted free agent Pierre-Luc Dubois, you can see how quickly that extra cap space starts to disappear.

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Blue Jackets Have a Lot of Balls in the Air

Other than moving pieces out, it’s been a rather quiet offseason for the Blue Jackets. But don’t let that fool you. Friedman speculates that there will some news out of that organization before the upcoming season starts and firmly believes the Dubois deal will get signed and one of Hoffman and/or Granlund will be on the team by the time camp opens.

Perhaps the priority is Dubois and getting that deal signed. It’s taking Kekalainen some time to sort that out but word is he’s no longer concerned about an offer sheet and he has downplayed any potential issues, hinting big deals with big RFAs simply take time.

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