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by Paul on 06/04/12 at 04:21 PM ET
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,
So, the Blue Jackets need at least a No. 1, a No. 3-4 and a No. 5. If Mason gets traded, they’ll need a No. 1, 2, 3-4, and a 5. (Anybody heard from Jean-Francois Labbe lately?)
Do the Jackets want Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo? Don’t rule it out, although that contract term—10 years at a $5.33 million cap hit, according to CapGeek.com—is an albatross. He would not be the Blue Jackets’ first choice. He’s 33 years old. That contract is written for a late-in-term buyout.
Nashville will trade goaltender Anders Lindback this summer, mark it down. Columbus would certainly be interested, although trading within the division might be tricky. Guessing the Predators would rather not face Lindback six times a year for the next decade.
Los Angeles will likely move goaltender Jonathan Bernier, but the Jackets have always seemed lukewarm on him.
Among the free agents to keep in mind: Jonas Gustavsson, TOR; Josh Harding, MINN; Scott Clemmensen, FLA; Martin Biron, NYR.
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