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Prediction Time

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

So, here goes our best guesses for hockey in 2022.

Patrik Laine gets traded, again
Hard to believe Laine will still be only 23 years old when the Columbus Blue Jackets season likely comes to its conclusion.

The electric (if inconsistent) winger has been the source of a captivating 44-goal campaign, a blockbuster trade, and more bursts of on-ice highlights and off-ice drama than we can count.

Despite the Finnish sniper’s hot start this fall (10 points in 10 games) — a fine rebound from his dismal 2020-21 — injury and the tragic death of his father, Harri, at age 54 have halted both his and the Jackets’ bid for playoff contention.

Laine accepted a hefty qualifying offer last summer (one year at $7.5 million), but he’ll again be a restricted free agent with arbitration rights in the summer of 2022.

GM Jarmo Kekäläinen cannot run the risk of inking Laine to another one-year deal and effectively walking an elite talent to unrestricted free agency shortly after he turns 25.

So, does Laine want to commit long-term to an organization that has been shedding assets for futures and clearly needs several more pieces to contend?

We doubt it.

two more predictions (Montreal wins the draft and Tampa wins again)...

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Patrik Laine On The Death Of His Father

from Aaron Portzline of The Athleric,

Patrik Laine shared fist bumps and big smiles with his Blue Jackets teammates on Monday when he joined them in Rogers Arena, his first practice in well over a month.

But Laine still is struggling.

The oblique injury that sidelined him in early November made for a touch-and-go first practice, but Laine did all of the drills and appeared to pull through just fine.

As for the grief caused by the death of his father, Harri, last month, Laine knows that will be a lifelong process for him and his family.

“He’s been my … No. 1 fan and supporter, always,” Laine said of his father. “Not that my mom and sister haven’t been, but hockey was kind of our thing, our passion. I definitely wouldn’t be here without him.

“He always watched my game, ever since I was a kid. He always wakes up at night to watch my games, so it’s definitely tough. I’m losing my best friend.”

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What You May Have Missed Today

NEW YORK (Nov. 25, 2021) – Winnipeg Jets defenseman Josh Morrissey has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for slashing Columbus Blue Jackets forward Alexandre Texier during NHL Game No. 297 in Columbus on Wednesday, Nov. 24, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 16:27 of the third period. Morrissey was assessed a minor penalty for slashing.


NEW YORK (Nov. 25, 2021) – Columbus Blue Jackets forward Max Domi has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for unsportsmanlike conduct during NHL Game No. 297 in Columbus on Wednesday, Nov. 24, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 2:20 of the third period. Domi was assessed a double-minor penalty for roughing.


NEW YORK (Nov. 25, 2021) – Ottawa Senators defenseman Nikita Zaitsev has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for cross-checking San Jose Sharks forward Timo Meier during NHL Game No. 302 in San Jose on Wednesday, Nov. 24, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 4:03 of the third period.

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#61 Is Going To The Rafters In Columbus

from the Columbus Blue Jackets,

The Columbus Blue Jackets announced today that Rick Nash will be the first player in franchise history to have his jersey retired when his number 61 is raised to the rafters above Nationwide Arena prior to the Blue Jackets game against the Boston Bruins on Saturday, March 5.

Nash is the franchise's all-time leader in games played, goals, assists and points as he registered 289 goals and 258 assists for 547 points with 568 penalty minutes in 674 games from 2002-12. The club's captain from 2008-12, he represented the Blue Jackets at five All-Star Games and won a Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy and the NHL Foundation Player Award during his nine seasons with the club.

"Rick Nash was the face of our franchise and our best player for a decade and represented our club on and off the ice with excellence, class and humility," said Blue Jackets Majority Owner John P. McConnell. "No one is more deserving of this honor than he and we are looking forward to celebrating Rick and his family in what will be a historic and memorable night for all of us on March 5th."

"This is incredibly exciting, not only for Rick and his family, but for our entire organization and our great fans," said Blue Jackets President of Hockey Operations John Davidson. "Only one player can be the first to have their jersey retired by a franchise and with everything that Rick has meant to the Blue Jackets it is fitting that he is the one."

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Patrik Laine On IR, Out 4-6 Weeks

via the Columbus Blue Jackets,

The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed left wing Patrik Laine on Injured Reserve, General Manager and Alternate Governor Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. Laine suffered an oblique strain in Wednesday's game at Colorado and is expected to miss four-to-six weeks.

Laine, 23, has recorded three goals and seven assists for 10 points with six penalty minutes, three multi-point efforts, two overtime winners and a +2 plus/minus rating, while averaging 17:43 of ice time in nine games with the Blue Jackets this season. He leads the team in game-winning and overtime goals, ranks second in points and multi-point games (tied) and is third in assists.

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Video- It Was One Tough Summer For Manny Legace

via the YouTube channel of Bally Sports Detroit,

Manny Legace shares the story of his emotional journey through COVID-19 and the death of goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks, who was like a son to Legace.

 

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A Six-Year Extension For Zach Werenski

from the Columbus Blue Jackets,

The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed defenseman Zach Werenski to a six-year, $57.5 million contract extension through the 2027-28 National Hockey League season, club General Manager and Alternate Governor Jarmo Kekalainen announced tonight.

Werenski, 24, has registered 65 goals and 124 assists for 189 points with 71 penalty minutes and a +13 plus/minus rating, while averaging 22:43 in time on ice in 335 career NHL games. Since making his debut with Columbus in 2016, he ranks tied for third among NHL blueliners in goals and 19th in points. He is the club's all-time leader in goals by a defenseman, while ranking second in points and fourth in assists.

"Zach Werenski has been one of the top defensemen in the National Hockey League over the past five years and we are thrilled that he will continue to be a Blue Jacket and the leader of our blueline for at least the next seven years," said Kekalainen. "As talented as Zach is and as much as he has achieved so early in his career, he is an even better person and will be a foundational player for our club as we move forward."

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Cam Atkinson To Philadelphia Jakub Voracek To Columbus

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Patrik Laine Hopes To Stay In Columbus

from NHL.com,

Patrik Laine said he would like to remain with the Columbus Blue Jackets and hopes he can flourish under new coach Brad Larsen.

The 23-year-old forward can become a restricted free agent July 28.

"I hope I can stay in Columbus," Laine said in remarks published by Aamulehti in Finland on Tuesday and translated by NHL.com. "This is the starting point, but you can never be sure what happens. I got traded once."

Laine was acquired by the Blue Jackets with forward Jack Roslovic from the Winnipeg Jets on Jan. 23 for forward Pierre-Luc Dubois and a third-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft. Laine scored 21 points (10 goals, 11 assists) in 45 games after the trade.

"I really haven't thought about the contract negotiations," Laine said. "At some point they will let me know what the situation is, and they will ask what I think about this proposal. Do I want to take the contract? And then we continue (the negotiations)."

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Videos- Remembering Matiss Kivlenieks

A memorial service for Matiss Kivlenieks is being held in Cleveland this morning.

Below, find a comment from Manny Legace and the live stream.

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