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February 7, 2017 | 10:14am ET
Blue Jackets quietly exploring market

The Columbus Blue Jackets aren't expected to make any major moves before the March 1 trade deadline, but that doesn't mean they aren't keeping their eyes and ears open.

Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen has salary cap space to play with and could add a significant piece to his roster in the coming weeks, but the team is expected to tinker, at best, with its roster.

Keeping this summer's expansion draft in mind, the Blue Jackets are expected to pursue pending free agents, likely a depth scorer or bottom-six forward.

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Brian Boyle and Arizona Coyotes right wing Radim Vrbata are believed to be on Columbus' radar, though a trade for either player is not imminent.

Boyle and Vrbata are set to become unrestricted free agents July 1.


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