NHL Trade Rumors: Blue Jackets dealing Scott Hartnell or Jack Johnson to clear salary

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Scott Hartnell of Columbus Blue Jackets
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New NHL trade rumors state that the Columbus Blue Jackets want to part ways with Scott Hartnell or Jack Johnson to help them clear some salary. Hartnell and Johnson are two of the highest paid players in the squad. Columbus reportedly wants to get out of their deals as they are under contract until 2018 or 2019.

Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun stated that both players have been in trade discussions within the team but has found no takers for Hartnell so far. According to the report, Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen will also listen to offers for Johnson.

“[I] Keep hearing the Jackets are trying to get cash off the books and they’re trying to unload a couple of big contracts with no luck,” Garrioch stated in his article.

“Yes, they’ve been trying to move LW Scott Hartnell and his $4.75-million contract through 2018-19 for awhile, but there’s some talk if anybody made an offer for blueliner Jack Johnson and his $4.375-million salary, GM Jarmo Kekalainen would certainly listen.”

The 34-year-old Hartnell has an average salary of about $4.75 million and under contract until 2019. While the 29-year-old Johnson has an average of $4.35 million until 2018.

Hartnell is tied for fifth in the team with 7 points (4 goals and 3 assists) while Johnson is second in the team in average time on ice at 21:48.

The Blue Jackets holds a record of 5-3-2 this season, just in sixth place of the Metropolitan Division in the Eastern Conference.

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