Blake, Carter and Modin on the trading block

Jason Blake leads the Islanders in scoring and he’s headed to the All-Star Game next week, but all of that success isn’t necessarily locking him up with the club. According to a report in Newsday, Isles GM Garth Snow has not yet made an offer to Blake, who is set to become a free agent July 1. Nothing has been done, but the Islanders have made it very clear they want to sign Jason. I don’t like to distract players during the season. I told Jason I don’t see a trade happening, especially if they’re in the playoff hunt.”

The Columbus Blue Jackets also must made a decision on forwards Fredrick Modin and Anson Carter. With the Jackets out of the playoff hunt, they must decide whether to resign Carter and Modin or look into the possibility to moving the talented wingers for younger talent. Indications are The Blue Jackets will made attempt to resign them both. According to a report in The Columbus Dispatch, Jackets president and GM Doug MacLean has had preliminary talks with agents for wingers Fredrik Modin and Anson Carter. Both players are set to become unrestricted free agents this summer. “We’re just starting the process,” MacLean told the newspaper. “These are preliminary talks, just ballpark figures going back and forth. But I’m hopeful, very hopeful, we can get something done before the deadline.”

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