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A Four-Year Deal For Patrik Laine In Columbus

from the Columbus Blue Jackets,

The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed restricted free agent forward Patrik Laine to a four-year, $34.8 million contract extension ($8.7 million AAV) through the 2025-26 National Hockey League season, General Manager and Alternate Governor Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.

Laine, 24, has registered 176 goals and 151 assists for 327 points, including 61-44-105 on the power play, and added 163 penalty minutes, 25 game-winning goals and 1,165 shots on goal in 407 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets and Winnipeg Jets. He ranks ninth in the NHL in power play goals and 14th in goals since making his league debut in 2016-17 and has posted 20-plus goals and 50-plus points in five of his six NHL campaigns. He has added 8-8-16 and four penalty minutes in 24 career Stanley Cup Playoff outings.

"One of our priorities this summer was signing Patrik Laine to a contract extension. He is a special player, one of the truly elite goal scorers in the National Hockey League, and he has fit in extremely well with our group since his arrival," said Kekalainen. "He is an integral part of the team we are building in Columbus, and we couldn't be happier that he will continue to be a Blue Jacket for the foreseeable future."

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Johnny Gaudreau To His Fans In Calgary

from Johnny Gaudreau at The Players' Tribune,

To my Flames Family, I hope you can understand my decision more after reading this letter. I appreciate how much you wanted me to stay and I hope you can see how hard this decision was for me.

Before I was a hockey player, I was a hockey fan. I totally get it. It's hard not to see any free agency decision as a betrayal.

All I would ask though is for people to hear me out, as a human being.

Last week I kept thinking about the conversation I had with my parents toward the end of my junior year at Boston College. I had the option to stay at BC and become a free agent and sign with any NHL team the following year, or report to the Flames. But all I wanted was to be a Calgary Flame. I felt that I owed it to the organization who took a chance on a five-six, 130-pound forward from the USHL. I wanted to show them that I could be the player they believed I could be.

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Johnny Gaudreau To Columbus

 

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Video- The Tampa Bay Lightning Head Home Down 0-2

The Colorado Avalanche with a 7-0 blowout win and are now 14-2 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Game 3 is on Monday night.

Game highlights are below.

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Owen Power And Kent Johnson Sign With Their NHL Teams

both from NHL.com,

Owen Power, the No. 1 pick of the 2021 NHL Draft, signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Buffalo Sabres on Friday.

The 19-year-old defenseman will join the Sabres in Tampa, Florida, on Saturday, ahead of Buffalo's game at the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday, and he is expected to make his NHL debut at the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday, general manager Kevyn Adams said.

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Kent Johnson signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday that begins this season. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The 19-year-old sophomore forward from the University of Michigan was selected by the Blue Jackets with the No. 5 pick in the 2021 NHL Draft. He was tied for fourth on Michigan with 37 points (eight goals, 29 assists) in 32 games.

Johnson is expected to join the Blue Jackets on Monday. Columbus plays the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday.

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Video- Afternoon Line- Patrik Laine

His first game in Winnipeg since the trade is tonight.

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Max Domi Traded To Carolina

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Expect Patrik Laine To Stay In Columbus At The Trade Deadline

from TSN,

It's safe to say Patrik Laine is not on the trade block ahead of the March 21 deadline.

In an interview with TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun in The Athletic, Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen sounded off on trade rumours that have surrounded the 23-year-old pending restricted free agent.

“Yeah it bothers me because people make up s---, that’s what bothers me,’’ Kekalainen said. “I understand that sometimes from conversations you have (with teams) some of it may leak out, and a name gets in there, but this is not a case like that. This is just somebody making s--- up from their own speculation of what we might do. They make it up and hope for the headlines and hope for the clicks. I think that’s unethical. And I don’t have any time for it.’’

Laine, who carries a $7.5 million cap hit this season, has 20 goals and 38 points in 35 games this season. Acquired from the Winnipeg Jets a year ago, he has 30 goals and 59 points in 80 games since joining the Blue Jackets.

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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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