The Columbus Blue Jackets' season is done.
After a huge upset by sweeping the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Blue Jackets were brought back down to reality thanks to the Boston Bruins.
Blue Jackets' general manager Jarmo Kekalainen made some huge moves at the deadline flipping draft picks and more for big names like Matt Duchene, Ryan Dzingel and even veteran defenseman Adam McQuaid.
Those three along with Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky will become UFA's this offseason and many expect Panarin and Bobrovsky to bolt for another team possibly joining forces in Florida to play with the Panthers.
During his season ending presser, Kekalainen made a very straight forward statement.
“Moving forward we want guys who are proud to be Blue Jackets, proud to be living in Columbus & loving it here. It’s really important that they bleed blue ... Guys that don’t want to be here — good luck.”
#CBJ GM Jarmo Kekalainen had some strong feelings about his unrestricted free agents heading into the offseason. "We’re going to have (those) type of players on our team next year, that want to be here, want to be Blue Jackets and are proud to be in Columbus.” Full quote -> pic.twitter.com/2QPgCi7rcG
— Brian Hedger (@BrianHedger) May 7, 2019