BLUE JACK­ETS

COLUM­BUS

The Hockey News - - NHL -

The big head­lines in Colum­bus will re­volve around mas­sive contract ex­ten­sions for Sergei Bo­brovsky, Artemi Pa­narin and pos­si­bly Zach Weren­ski, all of whom are free agents in 2019. But in the here and now, the Blue Jack­ets also need to take care of sev­eral prom­i­nent RFAs. Oliver Bjork­strand, Ryan Mur­ray and BOONE JEN­NER head the list, and Colum­bus doesn’t have a ton of cap space to play with, so it surely will be a bit of a dance. UFA for­wards Matt Calvert, Thomas Vanek and Mark Letestu are des­tined to move on and sign else­where. De­fense­man Ian Cole would be a nice UFA to re­tain if the price is right. Mean­while, we’re prob­a­bly see­ing the end of the Jack John­son era in Ohio.

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