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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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TreKronor's avatar

If CBJ can actually part with the money to keep Laine in Columbus, AND Laine’s reputation doesn’t go further down the drain, this could actually be big for the franchise.  The game changer they need would actually be signing an extension rather than packing their bags.

It’s all going to come down to how much money the BJs want to spend though.

Posted by TreKronor on 07/15/21 at 01:53 PM ET

The Meal's avatar

Wait, did Torts leave?!?  /s

Posted by The Meal from Firestone, CO on 07/15/21 at 07:48 PM ET

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