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April 21, 2016 | 10:38am ET
Blue Jackets hindered by salary cap
TheFourthPeriod.com

The Columbus Blue Jackets are expected to make a few roster moves this off-season, but barring a major change, they are unlikely to be overly active in the summer months.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, the Blue Jackets do not have a lot of flexibility under the salary cap, and even less after they sign defenseman Seth Jones to a long-term contract extension.

Jones, acquired from the Nashville Predators this season for center Ryan Johansen, is set to become a restricted free agent July 1, and the two sides are already working on a new lengthy deal.

If Jones signs a deal worth $6 million per season, the Dispatch reports the Blue Jackets will have even less salary cap space to play with this off-season.

The Blue Jackets do not plan on re-signing forward Rene Bourque, a pending unrestricted free agent and the only roster player set to become a UFA in July.

Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen explored the trade market during the season, taking calls for such players as Scott Hartnell and Fedor Tyutin, and could revisit those discussions in the coming weeks in an attempt to free up a little bit of salary cap space.

 
 
 

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