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Could Patrik Laine be headed to Montreal? Dive into the latest NHL trade rumors, as the Canadiens reportedly show interest in the Blue Jackets' power forward.

The NHL rumor mill is heating up, and the latest buzz has the Montreal Canadiens expressing interest in Columbus Blue Jackets forward Patrik Laine.

As the Blue Jackets navigate a period of transition, Laine’s name has increasingly surfaced in trade discussions, and it appears the Canadiens could be a potential landing spot for the Finnish sniper.

Laine to Montreal? Habs Eyeing Blue Jackets’ Sniper

TVA Sports reported the Habs’ interest, and it’s easy to see the appeal. Despite his inconsistencies, Laine remains a prodigious talent with a lethal shot. The Canadiens’ young core, led by Nick Suzuki, Cole Caufield, and Juraj Slafkovsky, would alleviate the pressure on Laine to be the sole offensive driver. This could allow him to thrive in a complementary role, potentially rediscovering the form that made him a 44-goal scorer in his sophomore season.

Montreal’s financial situation further fuels the speculation. With ample cap space to absorb Laine’s $8.7 million annual salary, the Canadiens can afford to take a calculated risk on the 26-year-old winger. The remaining two years on his contract offer a window for Laine to prove his worth in Montreal. If he flourishes, the Canadiens could have a cornerstone piece. If not, they can simply let him walk when his contract expires.

The Blue Jackets, for their part, are likely seeking a significant return for Laine. A first-round pick and one of the Canadiens’ promising defense prospects could be the asking price. Whether Montreal is willing to meet that demand remains to be seen.

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