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The Pittsburgh Penguins, Columbus Blue Jackets, and Toronto Maple Leafs all reportedly have some interest in acquiring Mark Letestu.

Letestu previously played for Pittsburgh and Columbus, so there would be some familiarity there if either squad acquired him. In any scenario, he would provide a playoff contender with some extra veteran depth on their third or fourth line. The Oilers aren't likely to get much for him, but he can leave as an unrestricted free agent in the summer, so the Oilers might ultimately just take whatever's on the table.
Feb 22 - 5:22 AM

Although Columbus has been frequently cited as a possible trading partner for Matt Duchene, Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen suggested that he would be cautious on the trade front.

"We have until the (trade) deadline next spring," Kekalainen said. "We’re always trying to improve our team, but we’ve always said we’re not going to go crazy and mortgage the future to try and get a short-term fix. We feel like our window is just starting to crack open. We’re a young team. We don’t see any reason to try and go crazy. We don’t want to be kicking ourselves two or three years from now." In addition to Columbus, Boston might also make a run for Duchene. Colorado controls Duchene through the 2018-19 campaign, so it's not imperative for him to be moved this summer, but the Avalanche could use some major changes after the disastrous 2016-17 campaign they endured.
Mon, Jul 3, 2017 04:31:00 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets might be in the running to acquire Matt Duchene.

Columbus would reportedly trade Ryan Murray and another asset to Colorado in order to get Duchene. The Blue Jackets have already added Artemi Panarin via a trade with Chicago and to gain Duchene on top of that would give them a pretty impressive first line. Nashville is also being cited as a possible destination for Duchene.
Fri, Jun 30, 2017 02:20:00 PM

The Columbus Blue Jackets have reportedly joined the list of teams interested in acquiring Ilya Kovalchuk.

Kovalchuk has spent the last four seasons in the KHL, but he's considering returning to the NHL for the 2017-18 campaign. The thing is that Kovalchuk's only way of getting back in the NHL is by signing with the New Jersey Devils. He was originally signed with the Devils and got out of his contract by retiring and then immediately heading to the KHL, which is why they still control his NHL rights. That being said, the Devils have the option of signing and then immediately trading Kovalchuk, which is a very real possibility. St. Louis, the New York Rangers, Toronto, and San Jose have also been thrown out there as possible destinations for Kovalchuk.
Mon, Jun 5, 2017 02:58:00 PM


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