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NHL Rumors: Zach Werenski, Patrik Laine, Nicklas Backstrom and Braden Holtby

Aaron Portzline: There isn’t any indication that the Columbus Blues Jackets are close to signing RFA defenseman Zach Werenski. There also isn’t any indication that they have hit a snag in their negotiations.

There currently isn’t any urgency to get a contract done, but that could change when September starts.

The Blue Jackets are expected to talk with Werenski’s agent Pat Brisson soon.

Aaron Portzline: As mentioned before, a three-year contract for Werenski seems likely and has been discussed. They’ve also spoken about longer-term deals.

A four-year deal won’t happen as it would take him to the start of UFA status.