Although we can’t fathom losing anyone else at this point, we still could. Free Agency opens on Wednesday, July 28th. Here is a list of Blue Jackets to watch Wednesday when it begins. Currently, the best news is we have nothing to worry about in the next. No goaltenders are a part of this list. Beyond that, well, you’ll see some familiar names whose fate remains in the air, still.
UFA (Unrestricted Free Agents) haven’t got a team currently.
RFA (Restricted Free Agents) are waiting on a deal from their current team. This is because they don’t have enough experience to be considered an UFA in the NHL.
Zac Dalpe – Center – UFA
Brandon Dubinsky – Center – UFA
Patrik Laine – Left Wing – RFA
Ryan Maclnnis – Center – UFA
Stefan Matteau – Left Wing – UFA
Cliff Pu – Right Wing – RFA
Kole Sherwood – Left Wing – UFA
Calvin Thurkauf – Center – RFA
Alexander Texier – Center – RFA
Jake Bean – RFA
Adam Clendening – UFA
Mikko Lehtonen – UFA
Andrew Peeke – RFA
Michael Del Zotto – UFA
Personally, I don’t want to see any of these men leave. We’ve thinned out the crowd, too much, in many fans’ minds already this off-season. In my mind though, the biggest names on this list to lose would be Dubinsky, Laine, Pu, Texier, and Del Zotto. Those were big names last season, and could very well advance as leaders this season, given that the majority of our leaders have now been traded.
I am not one to start rumors, or cause concern. However, I’d be watching early on Wednesday. Let’s face it, no one saw Cam Atkinson’s exit coming. This off season has been full of nasty surprises regarding trades, and thus, no one is safe.