The Columbus Blue Jackets would like to add a piece to their roster before Wednesday's 3pm ET trade deadline, but they aren't prepared to pay a premium for it.
In an interview with the Columbus Dispatch's Aaron Portzline, Blue Jackets President of Hockey Operations John Davidson revealed how his team is looking long-term and won't give up the farm for a short-term fix.
"We'd like to do things, for sure," Davidson told the Dispatch. "But not at the expense for two months as a rental. Not at the expense of pushing one more guy out there, exposed, this summer (in the expansion draft). With the prices being asked, it doesn't make sense."
Davidson hinted trading a first-round draft pick is definitely not in the cards, but also left open the possibility for a move, if everything aligns.
"If we can add this or add that, or get something of significant if the price is right and doesn't affect the expansion draft too much... we have to look at it," he said.
"Sometimes players are available that don't come around too often, so it's beneficial to make the move."
The Blue Jackets have expressed interest in the likes of Tampa Bay Lightning forward Brian Boyle and Vancouver Canucks winger Alexandre Burrows, among others, though it's unclear if talks have progressed.
It has also been reported that the Blue Jackets are exploring the market on a veteran backup goalie and have been linked to Philadelphia Flyers netminder Michal Neuvirth.