Earlier this season there had been alternate rumors floating around that Laine might be traded on the NHL trade closing date or within the offseason.
Boylen of Sportsnet reports the Columbus Blue Jackets will have a completely hard decision to make on Laine. They have 3 selections to make.
- Do they visit arbitration with him after this season in which he get’s a one-year extension, then he becomes an unrestricted unfastened agent.
- Offer Laine a agreement extension to be able to probably value the Jackets a earnings cap hit of $nine-$10 million/yr and do they want to dedicate that amount of money to a person who has underneath-performed for the group.
- The third option is to trade him, which may be the in all likelihood state of affairs if the Blue Jackets get the assets they want in a Laine trade.
The maximum in all likelihood choice is three. A Laine exchange will take place but very dubious at the exchange deadline. It might be an offseason exchange, wherein groups know their cap situation. Laine is best 23 and anybody knows he has huge potential and a participant you can build round, it just will no longer be in Columbus.