February 8, 2018 | 8:45pm ET
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JOHNSON COULD BE MOVED FOR A FIRST-ROUND PICK

 
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Jack Johnson, defenceman

 

The Columbus Blue Jackets continue to play the trade market, looking to both trade defenceman Jack Johnson and acquire a top-six forward to help the team offensively.

During Thursday night’s “Insider Trading” segment on TSN, Pierre LeBrun reported the Blue Jackets know they can get a “low-first” round draft pick for Johnson, but the club prefers to deal him for a forward.

If, however, the Blue Jackets aren’t able to move Johnson for a forward, they could ship him out for a first-round pick and complete a second deal, perhaps using that draft pick, for a scoring forward.

The Blue Jackets have reportedly expressed interest in the likes of Montreal Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty, Edmonton Oilers winger Patrick Maroon and Vancouver Canucks left wing Thomas Vanek, among others.

It’s unclear which teams the Blue Jackets are currently speaking to about Johnson, but higher-ranked teams like the Washington Capitals, Los Angeles Kings, Dallas Stars and Winnipeg Jets are looking to bolster their blueline, and their each have their 2018 first-round pick.

Johnson, 31, is making $5 million in actual salary this season, though his salary cap hit is just over $4.357 million.

He currently ranks among the players on TFP’s Top 30 Available Players List.