5 UFAs The Blue Jackets Should Target

5 UFAs The Blue Jackets Should Target

Columbus Blue Jackets
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The Columbus Blue Jackets are well on their way to becoming Stanley Cup Final contenders, but their lineup is still missing some crucial pieces, specifically right wingers. Lucky for them, there are plenty of players in the UFA pool this year that are just waiting to be snatched up. Here's five that the Blue Jackets should pursue.

5. Jarome Iginla of the Boston Bruins

Jarome Iginla
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5. Jerome Iginla of the Boston Bruins

Jarome Iginla Bruins
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Iginla signing with the Blue Jackets is unlikely, but he would be the perfect powerhouse veteran to add to their lineup. Iginla, who is an all around fantastic scoring winger, scored a total of 30 goals last season. He is also quick, powerful and knowledgeable of the game.

4. Dan Boyle of the San Jose Sharks

Dan Boyle
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4. Dan Boyle of the San Jose Sharks

Dan Boyle Sharks
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Boyle is one of the hottest UFA defensemen on the market right now and would be another great veteran to add to the Blue Jackets’ roster. This offensive defenseman scored 12 goals and accumulated 24 assists for a total of 36 points last season. Not only is Boyle a solid defenseman and goal scorer, he also knows how to dominate the power play.

3. Radim Vrbata of the Arizona Coyotes

Radim Vrbata
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3. Radim Vrbata of the Arizona Coyotes

Radim Vrbata Coyotes
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Vrbata, who scored 20 goals in 80 games last season, is a skilled, smooth skater with the ability to create offense. Vrbata is the scoring right winger that the Blue Jackets desperately need.

2. Mike Cammalleri of the Calgary Flames

Mike Cammalleri

2. Mike Cammalleri of the Calgary Flames

Mike Cammalleri Flames

Cammalleri is a versatile forward who can take on any position. He is known for his great shot and having a clear hockey sense. Cammalleri would make for a great winger in the Blue Jackets lineup.

1. Matt Niskanen of the Pittsburgh Penguins

Matt Niskanen
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1. Matt Niskanen of the Pittsburgh Penguins

Matt Niskanen Penguins
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Niskanen is one of the best defensemen on the UFA market this year. Last season, Niskanen's offensive abilities allowed him to score 10 goals in 81 games. He also accumulated 36 assists for a season total of 46 points. Since Niskanen is still young and growing as a player, he would be the perfect defenseman for the Blue Jackets to pick up.

Amanda Sklarek is a Pittsburgh Penguins/NHL writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter @amandabukowski, “Like” her on Facebook or add her to your network on Google.

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