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NHL insider Pierre LeBrun reveals Patrik Laine and the Columbus Blue Jackets have agreed to pursue a trade. Explore potential destinations and the challenges of Laine's contract.

The rumor mill is churning in Columbus, and the name at the center of it all is none other than Patrik Laine.

NHL insider Pierre LeBrun has dropped a bombshell report indicating a mutual agreement between Laine and the Blue Jackets to explore a trade. After several seasons of ups and downs in Columbus, it seems the Finnish sniper is eager for a fresh start.

The Challenge of Laine’s Contract

Laine, a pure goal-scorer with undeniable talent, still has two years remaining on his contract with an $8.7 million AAV. While his potential remains sky-high, the hefty price tag presents a significant hurdle in trade negotiations. Teams interested in acquiring Laine will need to carefully weigh the risks and rewards of such a substantial financial commitment.

Potential Landing Spots: Could Utah Be a Fit?

Speculation abounds about potential destinations for Laine. One team that has emerged as a possible suitor is the Utah Hockey Team. With their mix of young talent and cap space, they could be a team willing to gamble on Laine’s untapped potential. Other teams in need of a top-line scoring threat will undoubtedly be monitoring the situation closely.

The upcoming NHL Draft could be a crucial turning point in the Laine saga. The Blue Jackets will likely be seeking a significant return for their star forward, whether it be a combination of draft picks, prospects, or established NHL players.

As the draft approaches, all eyes will be on Columbus and where Patrik Laine might land next. The next chapter in Laine’s career is about to be written, and it’s sure to be a captivating one.

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