The Fourth Period is reporting the Blue Jackets also gauging the market on Patrik Laine. The Blue Jackets are still hopeful Laine will regain his form this coming season, but they’re also keeping their options open in the event contract negotiations, which haven’t started yet, go sideways.
The Los Angeles Kings, Calgary Flames, Anaheim Ducks, Montreal Canadiens and Philadelphia Flyers expressed interest in the past and could circle back again this month.
Laine has said he hopes to stay in Columbus, “but you can never be sure what happens. I got traded once.”