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NHL Rumors: Patrik Laine will have to compromise

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Patrik Laine could become a limited free agent again this summer after accepting a qualifying offer of $ 7.5 million valid for one season last year.

Journalist Aaron Portzline of Atletico reports that the Columbus Blue Jackets have discussed several possibilities with Laine, but the biggest challenge will be finding an average annual salary that both parties can agree on.

Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen told Portzline that there would be “compromises” to reach an agreement.

“They have their ideas and we have ours,” said Kekalainen. “We want everything to fit together so that we can build a team that can aspire to great honors.

“We believe in fair contracts, but the guys have to understand that they also want to have a better team around them. This is where there has to be some compromise. “

Laine, 24, rebounded from a slow start in the blue jackets last year, scoring 26 goals and 56 points in 56 games this season. He scored 12 goals and 24 points in 46 games in 2020-2021.

Selected second overall in the 2016 NHL Draft, Laine scored 44 goals for the Winnipeg Jets in 2017-18, a career high, but has only hit 30 goals since then. He was traded with Jack Roslovic to the Blue Jackets for Pierre-Luc Dubois and a third round pick of 2022.

According to CapFriendly, Columbus has just over $ 21 million in salary cap room this summer after offering Roslovic a two-year $ 8 million contract extension.

Is it possible to keep Copp in New York?

The New York Rangers paid a high price to secure Andrew Copp’s services from the Winnipeg Jets when his contract expired, but keeping the 27-year-old on Broadway could prove to be a difficult task.

Ethan Sears from New York post writes that Rangers, who have $ 11.9 million leeway (according to CapFriendly), are unlikely to be able to keep Ryan Strome and Copp out of the free agent market next month.

Sears notes that Rangers CEO Chris Drury will also need to be aware of the leeway he will need next year to offer new contracts to Alexis Lafrenière, Filip Chytil and K’Andre Miller, as these could become limited free agents. He added that Copp said he preferred playing center after playing on the wing with Rangers. The reporter also notes that the Ann Arbor, Michigan native may choose to join the Detroit Red Wings, which aren’t short on space under the salary cap this summer.

Acquired by the Jets in exchange for striker Morgan Barron, a first-round pick, a second-round pick and a fifth-round pick, Copp scored 21 goals and 53 points in 72 games with the two teams.

Winnipeg’s fourth round pick (104th overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft, Copp spent seven seasons in Winnipeg before being traded. You have just completed the final year of a $ 3.6 million one-year contract.

Bear can test the market

On the verge of becoming a limited free agent, defender Ethan Bear has obtained permission from the Carolina Hurricanes to begin talks with other teams, reports Chip Alexander, reporter for the Raleigh News and Observer.

In his first season with the Hurricanes last year, Bear, who was joined by the Edmonton Oilers in the summer, scored 5 goals and 9 assists in 58 games.

In 190 career NHL games, the 24-year-old has a record of 13 goals and 34 assists.

Kane and the Oilers: Mutual Interest

Our colleague Pierre LeBrun reports that the Edmonton Oilers and striker Evander Kane are interested in extending their partnership and that the practice should evolve in the next players.

Kane, who could become an unlimited free agent on July 13, has scored 22 goals and 39 points in 43 games for the Oilers this season. He added 13 goals and 17 points in 15 playoff games, helping the Oilers reach the Western Conference Finals.

Fourth pick of the Atlanta Thrashers in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Kane played in the NHL with Thrashers / Jets, Buffalo Sabers, San Jose Sharks and Oilers.

He signed a one-year contract worth $ 2.1 million on a prorated basis to join the Oilers in January after his seven-year contract with the Sharks was terminated by the team.

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