Blue Jackets Forward Jack Roslovic Playing Best Hockey Of Season Ahead Of Trade Deadline

By Coby Maeir on February 21, 2024 at 1:45 pm
Columbus Blue Jackets center Jack Roslovic (96) wrists a shot on goal against the Boston Bruins during the third period at Nationwide Arena.
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Jack Roslovic recorded his 10th assist and 13th point of the season with a secondary assist on the Blue Jackets lone goal in their 5-1 loss to the Kings on Tuesday. 

Roslovic made a nice play on the forecheck to keep the puck alive, eventually leading to the goal, which has been symbolic of his play lately. 

According to, Roslovic current five-game streak of positive game scores is his longest of the season, backing up the eye test that shows he's been playing his best hockey of the season. 

For Roslovic, this couldn't come at a better time, as March 8th's NHL trade deadline is just 16 days away. The 27-year-old forward is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, making him an obvious trade target for contending teams. However, his $4M cap hit may deter clubs from acquiring his services for a playoff run, especially if the Blue Jackets don't retain any salary in the trade (they can retain up to 50%). 

Teams will value Roslovic's speed either up the middle of the ice as a center or on the wing, which could entice them to pay the minimal price required to trade for a player with just three goals and 13 points in 31 games. 

If nothing else, Roslovic's play on the top line has served as an audition for the other 31 teams in the league, especially the ones looking to add at the deadline. 

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