February 16, 2010 // 12:47am ET
Columbus ready to sell

Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson will be very busy over the Olympic break, scouting young talent for possible trades, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

The Blue Jackets are going to be selling some of their veteran players before the Mar. 3 trade deadline, with the likes of Raffi Torres, Fredrik Modin and Milan Jurcina -- all set to become unrestricted free agents -- likely on the move.

"It's a gray area, but we're probably leaning more toward being sellers," Howson told the Dispatch. "Nothing is final yet.

"It is difficult for all of us, yes, because we didn't expect to be in this situation. But that's the reality. You have to make the most of it."

Modin has a no-trade clause and will have to approve any deal the Blue Jackest try to make.

While prospects and high draft picks are most likely what the Blue Jackets will acquire for their assets, the team is also in the market for a No.1 center and a top-pairing defenseman.

The Blue Jackets and Edmonton Oilers have been scouting and speaking with each other lately, with the likes of Shawn Horcoff and Tom Gilbert popping up in speculated trade talk.

Files from: Columbus Dispatch

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