COLUMBUS, Ohio — Blue Jackets fans kept waiting for general manager Jarmo Kekäläinen to make another move this offseason, the mammoth trade for a big-time scorer that could help push the Jackets into the discussion as a contender.

Not a playoff contender, a Stanley Cup contender.

The Blue Jackets have a strong defensive corps, capped by the duo of Seth Jones and Zach Werenski that many feel is the best in the NHL. They have a promising one-two punch in net with Joonas Korpisalo and Elvis Merzlikins, two No. 1 goaltenders.

But the offense that fired like a pop gun last season — the Blue Jackets were 27th overall in scoring (2.57 goals per game), worst among playoff teams — was sorely in need of a talent boost, and that was before top-six winger Gustav Nyquist had shoulder surgery that will sideline him for much of the season.

The Blue Jackets traded power forward Josh Anderson to Montreal for center Max Domi on Oct. 6, a…



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