Panthers Could Show Interest In Blue Jackets' Forward

The Florida Panthers are doing very well this season despite a number of injuries that should have hurt them at the start of the season. Now that they're through all of that and rolling through the season, what they need to look forward to is what kind of upgrades will come at the trade deadline. The most pressing concern is depth scoring because the bottom-six just has not helped out much this season.

The Panthers could use an upgrade on the wing, at center, or both, so one player in particular from the Columbus Blue Jackets would prove to be a very nice addition this season. The Blue Jackets are going to sell, that much is evident from another poor season. What this season has shown for Columbus is that there are a number of young forwards stepping up, meaning some of the older players can more easily be traded and not have it negatively impact next season.

Jack Roslovic should be the player of interest from the Panthers this season as he can play both center and the wing, is a good middle-six talent, and is a UFA after the season. His cap hit comes in at $4 million AAV, but I'm sure the Panthers can work that down a bit or send a roster player back to make the cap work. He may only have two goals and 10 points in 23 games this season, but is coming off of back-to-back 44-plus point seasons for the Blue Jackets on a bad team. Roslovic will be available up to the trade deadline, and there's no point in the Blue Jackets keeping him with the other players that can fill their lineup.

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