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Breaking: Blue Jackets buy out former 6th overall pick!

That one came out of the left field.

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That one came out of the left field

 The buy out window ends at 5pm EST on June 30th, just in time to let the dust settle before free agency starts.

Earlier today, the Edmonton Oilers have announced the buy out of Benoit Pouliot and we could expect he would not be the only one today as we are getting closer to the crucial date.

The Columbus Blue Jackets have bought out the final two years of left wing Scott Hartnell's contract, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.

""On behalf of our organization, I want to thank Scott for his contributions to the Blue Jackets over the past three seasons and wish him well in the future," said Kekalainen. "Moves like this are never easy, but with our current organizational depth at the position it is something we believe is in the best interest of our club moving forward."

Hartnell was the sixth overall pick in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft by the Nashville Predators.