Report: Blue Jackets have talked with free-agent defenseman Christian Ehrhoff

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The Columbus Blue Jackets aren't giving up their pursuit of a defenseman.

After swinging and missing on a trio of blue-liners, the club has reportedly been in talks with free agent Christian Ehrhoff, according to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Post-Dispatch.

Sources have told The Dispatch that the Blue Jackets and free agent defenseman Christian Ehrhoff have had discussions, and that a deal could come together if Ehrhoff sits on the market long enough for his price to come down.

Put another way: if Ehrhoff stays jobless long enough to get nervous, he could significantly lower his asking price to make sure he has a chair when the music stops.

Ehrhoff's agent, whose client is coming off a one-year, $4-million deal, said the defenseman is amenable to another short-team deal, provided he's able to suit up for a competitive club.

Limited in Pittsburgh due to various injuries, including a concussion, Ehrhoff scored three goals and added 11 assists in 49 games.

At full health, Ehrhoff remains a high-end defenseman with the ability to quarterback the power play, an area of need for a Blue Jackets team looking to rebound after a down, injury-plagued season of their own.

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