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February 17, 2017 | 10:55am ET
Columbus looking for depth pieces

The Blue Jackets aren't expected to enter the bidding for any for any of the top available players in the trade market, according to the Columbus Dispatch, but GM Jarmo Kekalainen is on the prowl for an addition or two.

As reported by the Dispatch's Aaron Portzline, barring a last minute, can't refuse offer, the Blue Jackets will be focused on acquiring a depth piece to add to their roster by the March 1 trade deadline.

"I don't think we want to get ahead of ourselves, where we try to put all the eggs in one basket in the spring of 2017 and, sort of, go for it," Kekalainen told Portzline. "We're going to go for it if we make the playoffs, (in the sense that) it's going to be a great opportunity for our group.

"That's the way we should look at the playoffs, if we get there. It's a great opportunity for our group to again earn some respect and prove to people that we belong there."

The Blue Jackets are believed to have shown interest in Tampa Bay Lightning forward Brian Boyle, Arizona Coyotes right wing Radim Vrbata, Dallas Stars left wing Patrick Eaves and Detroit Red Wings veteran Thomas Vanek.

All four players are in the final year of their respective contracts and can become unrestricted free agents July 1.

The Blue Jackets have some salary cap space flexibility to work with, which would allow them to add a player by the deadline.

"I don't see any reason to go crazy because we have a crack open in our window," Kekalainen said. "We're trying to widen it by making wise, long-term decisions, and get better from within."


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