Speculation Of A Trade Rises As Blue Jackets Scratch 9 Million Dollar Star Forward

Published November 19, 2023 at 5:49 PM

With the Blue Jackets scratching their top star, speculation as to whether or not they are lining up a trade has arisen.

Laine Scratched by Columbus Sparking Major Speculation on Whether or Not He Will Be Traded

The Columbus Blue Jackets are struggling this year. They were forced to fire their head coach prior to the year even beginning, and now they are at the bottom of the standings. To add to the struggles, their top player Patrik Laine hasn't performed well, and has now been healthy scratched.

Patrik Laine is a healthy scratch Sunday for the Blue Jackets. He has 2 goals and 3 points through 9 games.

Patrik Laine has been announced a healthy scratch tonight for the Blue Jackets 😳

Laine signed a massive contract just a few seasons ago, and still has two years left on it. He is significantly underperforming his AAV as of right now.

8.7 million AAV cap hit for Laine for this year and two more years.

Head coach Patrick Vincent took to the media to explain the reasoning behind scratching Laine and his response to the decision.

#CBJ coach Pascal Vincent, asked about his decision to make Patrik Laine a healthy scratch today in Philadelphia:

Decision Sparks Speculation as to Whether or Not Laine Will Be Traded


Laine's difficulty this year along with the Blue Jackets' struggles has sparked speculation as to whether or not they should dump Laine's contract and rebuild. Many teams would be willing to take on Laine in hopes of improvement with a change in scenery. Ultimately, this depends on whether or not the Blue Jackets are willing to throw in the towel on Laine and their season.

As seen on House of Hockey - "BREAKING: Blue Jackets Scratch Top Forward: Trade Incoming?"
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Speculation Of A Trade Rises As Blue Jackets Scratch 9 Million Dollar Star Forward

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