directory Light the Lamp - a Columbus Blue Jackets blog: TSN's look at free agents

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Saturday, March 29, 2008

TSN's look at free agents

Over the coming weeks I'm going to take an in depth look at available Unrestricted and Restricted Free Agents and provide some insight as to whom I think the Jackets may be the most interested in.

For now though, TSN has a great look that could wet your appetite as the Jackets prepare to overhaul this roster this offseason.

Here are some comments on the Jackets pending UFAs and RFAs:

Ron Hainsey, D, Columbus - The 27-year-old tends to fly under the radar in Columbus, but he's a solid puck-moving defenceman with size and logs better than 22 minutes per game; an attractive commodity on the open market.

Jan Hejda, D, Columbus - The 29-year-old has surprisingly emerged as a defensive force in Columbus, playing more than 21 minutes per night on his way to a plus-20 rating.

Pascal Leclaire, G, Columbus - It's inconceivable that a team so void of stars like the Blue Jackets wouldn't match any offer for the 25-year-old who is coming off a breakout campaign.

Of course Michael Peca, Dick Tarnstrom and David Vyborny are other Jacket roster players who will be UFAs while Dan Fritsche will be a RFA.

I would think the Jackets will try very hard to get Hejda signed and I also can't see any scenario where Pascal Leclaire is not a Jacket next season.

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