Massive trade proposal emerges for Patrik Laine and the Columbus Blue Jackets

Samer Dagher
June 21, 2024  (11:00 PM)

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Patrik Laine
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A new trade proposal has emerged involving top trade target Patrik Laine of the Columbus Blue Jackets, which would send him to the Montreal Canadiens.

Last week, it was announced that Patrik Laine has requested a trade from Columbus .
Montreal's GM Kent Hughes is likely looking to make a move similar to the Kirby Dach trade from last season, and Laine could be a perfect fit. The Finnish star is 6 feet 5 inches tall, weighs 215 pounds, is 26 years old, and has accumulated 388 points, including 204 goals, in 480 career NHL games.
Arpon Basu of The Athletic discussed in his podcast what it might take to acquire Patrik Laine, suggesting he could be a more affordable option compared to players like Martin Necas and Trevor Zegras .
«I see a fit for Patrik Laine in Montreal. It's a reasonable risk, and I'm sure Columbus would be willing to retain a percentage of his $8.7 million contract. [...]

The Canadiens have some flexibility. Maybe instead of asking Columbus to retain part of his salary, they could add a player like Christian Dvorak and eliminate his contract for the next season. I think there are many ways to make a trade like this, but I really think it's a good risk to take.»

- Arpon Basu

«[They could] instead ask the Blue Jackets to swap the fourth and fifth picks in the draft. A situation that, according to Arpon Basu, would be a very reasonable price for Columbus, who would only move back one spot to get rid of Patrik Laine's $8.7 million contract.»

- Via Marqueur

Despite Laine being one of the best goal scorers in the league, his injury concerns have decreased his value, making his hefty $8.7 million contract difficult to trade. Thus, the following trade proposal between the Blue Jackets and Canadiens could benefit both teams:
To Montreal:
- Patrik Laine + the 4th overall pick in 2024
To Columbus:
- The 5th overall pick in 2024
The Canadiens would move up one slot in the draft, potentially selecting a player who might not be available at 5th overall. The Blue Jackets would drop one spot but clear $8.7 million off their cap books.
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Massive trade proposal emerges for Patrik Laine and the Columbus Blue Jackets

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