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Report: Jackets willing to trade a first-round pick

Apr 1, 2013, 1:16 PM EDT

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The Columbus Blue Jackets are willing to part with one of their three first-round picks in this summer’s draft.

New general manager Jarmo Kekalainen confirmed his willingness to deal to the Columbus Dispatch.

The Jackets have their own first-round pick, plus ones formerly belonging to the Rangers and Kings.

The Jackets also have the NHL’s second-worst offense, so you can imagine what they’re seeking.

Even with Columbus in the playoff race, Kekalainen will be looking to the future. Which is to say, don’t expect the Jackets to be in the market for an aging, pending unrestricted free agent. They’ll want help now and for years to come.

As for potential trading partners, no GM is going to hang up on a counterpart willing to part with a first-round pick. But if Kekalainen is looking for a young scorer, and he’s willing to pay for it, perhaps a call to Anaheim about Bobby Ryan would be a good place to start. If not now, then definitely once the playoffs are done.

Oh, and new Jackets president John Davidson is obviously intimately familiar with the Blues, a budget-conscious team with a number of pending restricted free agents. Would St. Louis be willing to talk about Chris Stewart or Patrik Berglund? Again, maybe not now, but in the summer?

  1. ravenscaps48 - Apr 1, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    Ribeiro?

  2. jaybird22seven - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    Hello? Phil Kessel

    • withseidelinn - Apr 1, 2013 at 10:47 PM

      Lol no….

  3. agellings - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    I hate message board trade talk with no basis

    but………..

    Brassard and a 1st to BUF for Vanek?

  4. valoisvipers - Apr 1, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    Keep the picks and use them wisely.
    If you don’t like what you think the picks will be, then use them to trade down to the pick you want. You might want to make the playoffs but the reality is the Jackets are not true contenders and should be thinking for the long term future.

    • withseidelinn - Apr 1, 2013 at 10:49 PM

      Exactly, but the new GM and owners may have the attitude that they’re one player away from securing a spot. If they want to raise the hype about hockey in Columbus, then they may move on of the picks. I completely agree with you that they should use all 3 though.

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