Columbus is in dire need of goaltending and would presumably like to bolster the position in any trade involving captain Rick Nash.
The Rangers, assumed by many to be front-runners in a potential blockbuster deal to land the sought-after 27-year-old forward, don't have one to dangle as trade bait.
While the Blue Jackets are planning an "overhaul" in net during the summer, they have not made goaltending a "demand," according to the Columbus Dispatch.
"We want value," a source told the paper. "Doesn't have to be that position."
Los Angeles is one of the six teams reportedly on Nash's approved list of clubs to whom he'd accept a trade -- he has a no-movement clause he'd have to waive -- and they have backup Jonathan Bernier reportedly available, although doubts remain on whether he is a bona fide starter.
The Rangers host the Blue Jackets Sunday at Madison Square Garden.