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Columbus Blues Jackets plan to be NHL trade deadline buyers

The Columbus Blue Jackets continue to prove pundits wrong by climbing the standings and competing at a high level. After nearly making the playoffs with a late-season push last year, some expected the Jackets to take a step back. They’ve improved this year though, and are currently right in the thick of the playoff hunt.

They’re fourth in the Metropolitan Division, but those standings can change on a nightly basis. Only six games separates the second-place New York Rangers and the seventh-place New Jersey Devils.

Columbus seems to like its chances of making the dance though, and The Fourth Period is reporting that the team could be looking for some defensive help as the March 5 trade deadline approaches.

As per their report:

The Blue Jackets already boast a solid defensive corps, led by Jack Johnson, James Wisniewski and youngster Ryan Murray, but an upgrade could be on the horizon. New York Islanders defenseman Andrew MacDonald has been highly coveted by several teams, and the Blue Jackets have reportedly inquired about his availability.

Pushing that speculation to another level is the injury to Fedor Tyutin. He plays top-pairing minutes for Columbus alongside Jack Johnson, but he’s been placed on the IR after sustaining an injury in Sochi. Even if he’s not out for the long-term, that could push the Jackets to make a move when they otherwise might not have.

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