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Reilly rules out Blue Jackets, who did ‘everything we could possibly do’

2014 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Championship - Semifinals

2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championship - Semifinals

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A couple of weeks ago, Mike Reilly said he was “still huge on Columbus.”

But apparently he was never “huge” enough to actually sign there. According to the Columbus Dispatch, the 21-year-old defenseman has ruled out inking a deal with the Blue Jackets.

From the newspaper:

Reilly’s agent, Pat Brisson, informed the Blue Jackets of the decision shortly after noon today.

“We did everything we could possibly do,” Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen told The Dispatch today. “From player development since we drafted him, to recruiting him -- or whatever you would call it -- over the last few months ... it wasn’t enough.

The Jackets drafted Reilly 98th overall in 2011, before the Shattuck St. Mary’s product spent one year in the BCHL and three more at the University of Minnesota.

Reilly has reportedly narrowed his list to two or three teams. The Blackhawks and Wild are considered the favorites to sign the free agent.