CD - Columbus, OH NATIONWIDE ARENA -- The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired the rights to pending free agent David Clarkson from the Carolina Hurricanes. Going the other way is the Jackets' second round pick in next year's entry draft. "We're very excited to have David in our organization," said Columbus GM Doug Emerson. "as my opposite number in Raleigh can attest, this is a player we've coveted for some time. He's big, nasty, and has shown the potential to be a scorer in the top league." Clarkson is a pending free agent. Resin said his first call was to the player, and his second call was to the player's agent and league officials getting the team's Qualifying Offer on record. "Carolina didn't want to lose him for nothing, and neither did we. We're being negotiations on a contract extension, but for today the priority was to get him qualified. We've done that, now we have to finish getting ready for free agency ourselves." With Clarkson unsigned heading into tonight's free agent deadline, that leaves the hulking winger open to potential offer sheets from ther suitors. With Clarkson qualified at $1.1 million, a competing bid would -at worst- give Columbus a replacement second round pick, and possibly more. But it remains to be seen whether any such offer will be forthcoming, and whether Columbus will choose to match, but it appears to have no risk for them either way. In 76 games with the Hurricanes last season, Clarkson managed just 8 goals and 22 points, along with a respectable +6 and 114 pims.