Sources have told TFP that Howson has been actively shopping right wing Jakub Voracek for several weeks in an attempt to acquire an older, more NHL-proven offensive forward.
It's believed the Blue Jackets are also entertaining the thought of dealing away goaltender Steve Mason, though such an impactful move might be made in the off-season.
Forwards Nikita Filatov, Kristian Huselius, Ethan Moreau and Antoine Vermette are also being dangled as trade bait, along with defenseman Jan Hedja.
Howson wants to acquire a first-line forward to play alongside Nash, or a top-two defenseman to solidify the backend. The Atlanta Thrashers are open to the idea of moving rearguard Zach Bogosian for an offensive threat.
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