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February 16, 2017 | 9:08am ET
Do the Blue Jackets need a veteran backup?
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The Columbus Blue Jackets are looking to make subtle changes to their roster between now and the 3pm ET trade deadline on March 1.

Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen is reportedly scouring the market for a bottom-six veteran forward and a veteran backup goaltender, but he may not need to search for the latter.

The recent play of young goalie Joonas Korpisalo may force Kekalainen to stick with what he's got behind starter Sergei Bobrovsky.

"We got some really good goaltending in the first period," Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella told the Columbus Dispatch following Wednesday night's 5-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. "Korpi gives us a chance."

Korpisalo, 22, has posted a 4-1-0 record in six games with the Blue Jackets so far this season, along with a .902 save percentage and a high 3.26 goals-against-average.

Tortorella's vote of confidence, however, may be enough for Kekalainen, who could focus his efforts elsewhere.

"I don't think too much (about it)," Korpisalo told the Dispatch, with regards to potentially losing his job should the Blue Jackets acquire another goalie by the trade deadline. "I just focus on my own things. They do whatever they do. It's not in my hands."

 
 
 

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