5 unrestricted free agents the Blue Jackets could pursue this summer

The Blue Jackets head into another off-season of change. If the new GM decides to take a "win now" approach, here are some free agents that could make sense.
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Sam Reinhart

If it's a big ticket you're after, look no further than Florida Panthers star Sam Reinhart. He'll be the big UFA prize this summer.

Through 80 games, he has smashed his career high by scoring 54 goals - 21 more than his previous best. He has 91 points and a +26 rating this season.

Originally drafted into the league as a center, Reinhart has molded into a goal scoring right wing. Playing alongside Aleksandr Barkov on Florida's top line, he's quietly sitting second in the NHL in goals.

That isn't to say things are perfect. First, take into account Sam's ridiculous 24% shooting percentage this season. His career average is around 15.5%, so I do expect regression here.

And, the Jackets don't have an elite two-way pivot for him to play with. At least not yet. So, even if you put him on the top line here, does he still produce the same way?

To be honest, as exciting as the idea of a Gaudreau-Fantilli-Reinhart line is, I would be very leery to throw out the kind of money that Reinhart will demand this summer.

The Jackets could use a good pro like Reinhart. They would really benefit from having him fill the void on the other top line wing. But, not to the tune of a $10m AAV.

Let's take a look at one more.