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Blue Jackets To Watch Wednesday- Restricted/ Unrestricted Free Agent List

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.

Offense

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

Defense

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.

Sources:

https://www.spotrac.com/nhl/free-agents/columbus-blue-jackets

https://icehockey.fandom.com/wiki/Unrestricted_free_agent#:~:text=Unrestricted%20free%20agents%20(UFAs)%20are,Entry%20Draft%20of%20amateur%20players.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Restricted_free_agent#:~:text=%2418%20million%20contract.-,NHL,a%20minimum%20of%207%20years.

 

 

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