The general manager of the Columbus Blue Jackets, Jarmo Kekalainen, has already started his work for the offseason and among the files on his table is that of striker Pierre-Luc Dubois whom he wants to resolve quickly.
The 22-year-old Quebecer is eligible for free agent status with compensation this fall, as he has just completed his entry contract. A reliable element during the 2020 playoffs, he will want compensation more in line with his talent and the team GM is aware of that.
Kekalainen wants the third overall pick in the 2016 Draft to be in good shape before heading into the next training camp, while knowing more about which path to take to acquire more skaters in the free agent market.
“We are working on this,” he commented on Friday, through comments broadcast by The Columbus Dispatch daily. The sooner we can finalize this, the better it will be to make the team superior. ”
According to the CapFriendly site, the Jackets have $ 7.025 million in payroll space. Besides Dubois, who has collected 10 points in as many games during the playoffs this year, Josh Anderson is among the club's hockey players who can have access to autonomy with compensation.