Up front, the Blue Jackets have been linked to New York Rangers captain Ryan Callahan, Buffalo Sabres right wing Chris Stewart (recently acquired from the St. Louis Blues), Colorado Avalanche center Paul Stastny and Calgary Flames forward Mike Cammalleri.
On defense, Kekalainen is reportedly kicking the tires on Sabres blueliner Christian Ehrhoff and Andrew MacDonald of the New York Islanders, among others.
Callahan remains in negotiations with the Rangers over an extension, but if he's not signed by the deadline, he could be moved.
Stastny is also in contract talks with his team, the Avalanche, and like Callahan, could be moved if a deal isn't reached. He is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. TFP has learned that the Blue Jackets were approached by the Avs about Stastny, though a deal is not imminent.
The Sabres, meanwhile, are willing to move Stewart, for the right price, while the Flames are expected to trade Cammalleri, who has a limited no-trade clause.
Cammalleri can list up to seven teams he will not accept a deal to, a list the Flames have, but it's unclear if the Blue Jackets are one of the teams.
According to a league source, Cammalleri would consider a move to Columbus, but might prefer to play elsewhere, if the opportunity arose.
A separate league source confirmed the Blue Jackets' attempts to trade Gaborik, who is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent July 1.
Gaborik would have to approve any deal the team tries to make, as he has a no-trade clause, and while he has enjoyed his time with the Blue Jackets, the two sides have not opened the doors to contract negotiations.
The Los Angeles Kings, New Jersey Devils, Ottawa Senators and Anaheim Ducks have reportedly expressed an interest in Gaborik.