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The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed forward Patrik Laine to a four-year contract extension with an AAV of $8.7 million.

One of the top restricted free agents has found a new deal

The Columbus Blue Jackets continued their torrid offseason on Friday afternoon, agreeing to terms with forward Patrik Laine on a four-year contract extension worth an average annual value of $8.7 million. 


The details of the deal, which now ties Laine to Columbus through the 2025-26 season, such as its salary structure or the inclusion of any trade protection have yet to be determined. 


As it turns out, the thought of playing alongside Johnny Gaudreau for the foreseeable future is a pretty good motivator. Laine now enters the season with the prospect of lining up alongside Johnny Hockey as the Blue Jackets' new vaunted one-two punch, finally giving him a legitimate playmaker to fuel his goal-scoring prowess. 


Questions still remain, though. 


When Laine is on, he's one of the game's best goal scorers, ripping pucks past opposing netminders with the best of them and wowing audiences and foes alike. And in a league in which goals rule, that's arguably the most valuable commodity a player can have.


The only problem is that Laine is not "on" all the time. In fact, his effort typically falls into a 50/50 split depending on the year, as the Finnish sniper has been prone to experience months-long stretches during which his production dries up and his intensity level plummets.e0dd2acd3574679864cd76965aa5dce2.png

With Laine, you take the good with the bad. That's the deal you make. But when you never know which side you're going to get in any given season, a long-term contract becomes a truly dicey proposition. 

The addition of Gaudreau along with Columbus' newfound dreams of contention will likely help iron out some of those wrinkles in Laine moving forward. At least, that's what the team is hoping for after tying nearly $9 million in cap space to him.  

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12 minutes ago, Hockey-78 said:





Its put up or shut up time with him ......


Now that Patrik Laine has re-upped with the Columbus Blue Jackets, is 50 goals too unreasonable of an expectation for him next season? Playing with Johnny Gaudreau, who notched 75 assists and was the league leader in even strength points last year, is only going to make Laine that much more formidable. With all due respect to Laine's past teammates, Gaudreau is probably the best talent he's ever played with.


He was a point a game last  year in 56 games. (26G / 30A)..that would project to 38G / 44A (82 PT) in 82 games.  Playing with Gaudreau could realistically get him to 50G as I mentioned above.    


2021-22 23 CBJ NHL 56 26 30 56


Again it is put up or shut up time with him ......


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