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Contending team expected to trade veteran forward to make cap space for young talent.

Despite their success one of their vets may be on the way out.

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Usually contending teams look to hold on to their veteran players as they head into a postseason run, but one insider believes that a contending team will be forced to make a big change as they look to the future.

In a recent article for the Boston Globe reporter Fluto Shinzawa stated his belief that the Columbus Blue Jackets would be forced to trade a veteran forward, specifically one of their heavier contracts in either Scott HartnellBrandon Dubinsky or David Clarkson. Out of those three names only Hartnell or Dubinsky seem like realistic possibilities, and in both of those cases it would likely require salary retention.

Shinzawa points to the need to re-sign former first round draft pick Alexander Wennberg to a new deal as the motivation for the eventual trade. Shinzawa believes the Blue Jackets will be forced to clear up some cap space to make that new deal a reality, and one of the three aforementioned men will be the means by which the Jackets make that happen.