From Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch:
The Dispatch has learned the Blue Jackets are negotiating with free-agent forward Kristian Huselius, who played the past three seasons with the Flames. A deal could be struck later tonight. Huselius has scored 59 goals over the past two seasons.
In other free-agent news, the Blue Jackets appear to be out of the running for center Brendan Morrison..
Read more from Puck-rakes here.
Interesting news out of Columbus. The Jackets acquired two defensemen this afternoon and one yesterday, so they have to be increasing their efforts to add some offensive forwards to the mix. Ideally, they would be looking at adding a centerman to play with Rick Nash, but they don’t look like they’ll overpay just to get a center. If they do add Huselius, he would replace the scoring they lost when they traded Nikolai Zherdev this afternoon. As I said earlier today, Huselius is probably in the market for a 4 year, $20 million deal.