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NHL trade rumors suggest the Carolina Hurricanes are still interested in acquiring Patrik Laine from the Columbus Blue Jackets

The Carolina Hurricanes’ pursuit of Columbus Blue Jackets winger Patrik Laine remains a hot topic in NHL trade rumors, even as the offseason progresses.

Despite reports of an offer made during the recent NHL Draft, the trade has hit a snag due to Laine’s ongoing participation in the NHL/NHLPA player assistance program.

Patrik Laine Trade Talks Stall as Player Assistance Program Clearance Awaited

General manager Don Waddell of the Blue Jackets has stated that interested teams, including the Hurricanes, are eager to speak with Laine directly before finalizing any trade offers. This delay, coupled with the fact that many teams have already addressed their roster needs in free agency, has cast some doubt on the likelihood of a deal.

However, the Hurricanes’ reported interest in Laine has not wavered. With over $11 million in cap space, they have the financial flexibility to absorb Laine’s $8.7 million annual cap hit through the 2025-26 season. Additionally, Laine’s scoring prowess would address a need for the Hurricanes, who have struggled to find consistent offensive production from their wingers.

The situation remains fluid, with both teams awaiting Laine’s clearance from the player assistance program. If cleared, the Hurricanes could reignite trade talks and potentially land the high-scoring winger they covet. However, the longer the wait, the more likely it becomes that other teams could swoop in or that the Blue Jackets may be forced to explore alternative trade scenarios.

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