As everyone already knows, the next few weeks will be very interesting for the Montreal Canadiens.
However, it’s not just CH that’s risking fermentation this summer.
In fact, many other teams still have big problems to solve or will simply try to improve in earnest.
The Los Angeles Kings are one of those teams that are already starting to improve significantly with the acquisition of Kevin Fiala.
However, if there is a team that hasn’t been talked about much and still has serious issues to iron out, it’s the Columbus Blue Jackets.
In fact, according to the reporter the athleteAaron Burtzlin, CEO of Blue Jackets, Jarmo Kekalainen, will be out of business this summer and also for upcoming seasons.
Blue Jackets currently entering a mock rebuild will have to find an agreement with Patrik Laine, whether it comes to a contract or deal.
athlete: #CBJ Ready for another big season, but Patrick Lane’s contract extension – a big piece of the puzzle – has (so far) proven elusive.
“There is a lot of time before the season starts.” – GM Jarmo Kekalainen Blue Jackets https://t.co/yOHSkrdbfj pic.twitter.com/sMWQV6TvJk
– Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) July 1, 2022
Last summer, when Laine was looking for a new contract, the Finnish sniper decided to sign a qualifying bid and thus play a season with the Blue Jackets.
Several rumors at the time indicated that Laine didn’t really want to play for Columbus, and therefore wanted to be traded.
Here we are now a little less than a year later, and Blue Jackets have found themselves in pretty much the same situation.
Laine’s contract expired, but he remained a restricted free agent for the last time.
If Laine does not have a contract at the end of next season, he will become a free agent without restrictions, and thus can sign for the team of his choice.
However, what’s different this year and positive for the Blue Jackets team is that Laine really looks like he’s found his feet this season.
Despite an injury that caused him to miss several games, Lin managed to finish the season with 56 points (26 goals and 30 assists) in 56 games.
So he technically had the best season of his career in terms of points per game.
So we understand why Kekalainen would like to have a long-term agreement with Laine. However, will Lynn be ready to sign long-term with a team in a mock rebuild? This is what we will see.
Below are Kekalainen’s comments on Laine’s case.
“There is still a long time before the start of the season. If for some reason we cannot find a deal for more than one season, well, we will have to make another important decision. – Jarmo Kekalainen
“We have our vision of what is fair (talking about Laine’s next contract). They (Lane’s agents) have their opinion as well. Once we find common ground, we will have a contract. However, we must understand that we do not immediately agree on what is fair.” – Jarmo kekalainen
In short, it is clear that Patrick Lane’s case will be an issue to be watched closely.
A very good contract for both Lightning and Paul.
Nick Paul will continue to do everything for him #gobolts After signing a long term extension where he really feels at home “I can’t even count how many people came to me and thanked me and congratulated me for the season and then told me they wanted me to stay”https://t.co/zjJcKJJAJO pic.twitter.com/O3d28V66a2
– Lightning Insider (@Erik_Erlendsson) 2 July 2022
For the first time this season for Alex.
First win for Alex this seasonhttps://t.co/JSXcc1LFgy
—RDS (RDSca) 2 July 2022
– In fact.
“If you want to let them go, let them go at the end of the season so they can get a mix of other jobs…For me, that’s a pretty shoddy job.”Tweet embed | #NHLNow pic.twitter.com/bw3QMNO72X
– NHL Network (NHLNetwork) 2 July 2022
This is definitely not the Wimbledon we’re used to.
– TVA Sports (TVASports) 2 July 2022
– It’s good.
I’m wearing these two photos I’ve seen in every Rick Bowness social media post today.
Do planes think it’s a package deal?#GoJetsGo pic.twitter.com/ojIdJBPSEo
—PuckCentral (PuckCentral) 2 July 2022
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