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After James Wisniewski was signed by the Columbus Blue Jackets, he was told by Scott Howson that the team was "not done yet" in adding pieces to the Jackets puzzle.
The team is still in search of a stay-at-home defenseman to fill the spot left by Jan Hejda. The Jackets had originally planned to sign Hejda before free agency began, but a deal could not be reached.
Howson would most likely like to add the defenseman through free agency, but the list that was small before free agency began, has now become even smaller.
Some of the names still on the list include Scott Hannan, Brent Sopel, Bryan McCabe, Anton Babchuk, and Radek Martinek.
The team will most likely not add any of the older players available as the team is moving more towards a younger team.
The Columbus Dispatch took a look at the list of available free agents and only one name would fit the bill of a younger team:
"Babchuk, 27, is the only one among that group who is still in the prime of his career. McCabe is 36 years old, Martinek and Sopel are 34 and Hannan is 32."
Since there is not a lot to choose from, Howson may look to trade for a defenseman.
"Predicting a possible trade partner for a defenseman is far more difficult. Toronto and Washington would appear to have an abundance of blue-liners, but Howson said "there are probably three or four teams who would consider moving a defenseman."
A third option is for the team to call up one of their young prospects from Springfield, which includes John Moore, David Savard, and Nick Holden.
Regardless of what Howson ends up doing, the Blue Jackets team as a whole looks like to be a contender in the 2011-2012 season.
Howson has come out of his comfort zone to bring in players that could make an immediate impact alongside Rick Nash and help the team reach the playoffs for the second time in franchise history.
Update July 6th at 4:30 PM
Out of the remaining available free agent defenseman, the team has decided to sign Radek Martinek to a one year deal. Martinek was drafted by the New York Islanders and has played there ever since.
In his ten year career, Martinek has scored 21 goals and registered 82 assists, as well as 272 penalty minutes.
"Radek Martinek has been solid defenseman in the National Hockey League for several years and we think he will be a nice addition to our hockey club," said Jackets general manager Scott Howson.
"He is a smart, steady player who will provide character and experience on our blueline."