However, that will not be the only challenging decision the team has to make as there are several players set to become free agents in July and the Jackets need to decide whether or not to keep them around.
For some players, the decision is easy whether or not to re-sign them.
Some have exceeded expectations and earned a pay raise, while others have been so unimpressive or injury-prone that several people would be scratching their heads if the Jackets did re-sign them.
Unfortunately for the Jackets, not all of the decisions will be easy ones.
There are those players that were brought in as temporary replacements who may or may not have earned a more permanent role.
And those players in a position that Columbus' front office is wiping clean and starting from scratch in their reshaping process.
Regardless of what the situation is, the Jackets have a lot of decisions to make.