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ONE TEAM SHOWING INTEREST AS JETS DANGLE PATRIK LAINE

There's no denying the star offensive power that Patrik Laine has, but it's interesting to note that TSN's Insider Trading states few teams are showing a lot of interest in him as the Winnipeg Jets look to trade him to bolster their roster in other places. According to Darren Dreger, that may have something to do with the flat cap and the fact that Laine will be a restricted free agent with arbitration rights after next season. That said, Pierre LeBrun said there's at least one team showing some interest, and that is the Columbus Blue Jackets.

"They've got ample salary cap room and they lost a big time offensive threat last year when Artemi Panarin left and walked into free agency. And they never really replaced him," said Lebrun.

"But, what is the price," he added. "And I think they're kind of sitting in the weeds right now because of that."

LeBrun said the Carolina Hurricanes had a conversation with Winnipeg regarding a deal for Patrik Laine, but it didn't get very far. He added that the Montreal Canadiens could certainly use a scoring winger like Laine, but he's hearing they do not intend to offer deal for him at this point.



As for why the Jets want to deal Laine, Dreger stated the team knows it needs a second line centre and a top-four defenceman, and management doesn't expect to fill either role via free agency. Therefore, Laine is being shopped in order to get those big ticket items in return.

Laine is currently making $6.75 million per season (AAV).

Source: TSN Insider Trading

TIM TUCKER
SEPTEMBER 24, 2020  (18H49)