If the NHL trade deadline comes and goes at 3 p.m. today with no moves by the Blue Jackets, it won’t be for a lack of trying. General manager Jarmo Kekalainen wants to add some offensive firepower to his resurgent club, but he doesn’t want to trade a player off the current roster or give up a significant part of the club’s future. “We’re looking to add,” Kekalainen said last night. “We’ve put into play one of our first-round picks, the one we have from the Los Angeles Kings. We’ve offered that up to get some help for our team. “We’re not doing rentals (veteran players with expiring contracts). We’re not going to do something that helps us this spring and then that’s it. We’re only going to do things that help us today and long-term, and we’re going to stick to that plan. “If something good materializes with that philosophy, well then we’ve got a deal. If it doesn’t, this club has shown it can be very competitive. So let’s see where it goes.” The Blue Jackets, who also have their own first-round pick and that of the New York Rangers, were not part of talks for Calgary’s Jarome Iginla, who went to Pittsburgh last week; they also weren’t involved in talks for Dallas’ Jaromir Jagr, who went to Boston yesterday. Kekalainen wouldn’t divulge who he’s pursuing — he said no deal was imminent as of last night — but there are only so many clubs who are defined as sellers. Buffalo and Calgary are selling, and the Sabres have two players who could interest the Blue Jackets. Right wingers Jason Pominville, 30, and Drew Stafford, 27, could be on the move as the Sabres retool after a handful of disappointing seasons.
Kekalainen seeks to make trade, but within limits
Columbus Dispatch | Apr 3