NHL Free Agency Patrik Laine Columbus Blue Jackets

Ahead of the NHL Draft on July 7 and the opening of free agency on July 13, TSN.ca is keeping you up to date with the latest rumors and speculation on the pace of the NHL.

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patrick laine he’s up for restricted free agency again this year after accepting his one-year, $7.5 million qualifying offer last summer.

Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports that the Blue Jackets have discussed various terms with Laine, but the biggest challenge will be finding a maximum limit that both sides can agree on.

Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen told Portzline there would have to be a “compromise” to get a deal done.

“They have their thoughts and we have ours,” Kekalainen said. “Our main thought is that we want everything to fit together so that we can build a champion team.

“We believe in fair contracts, but the guys have to understand that they also want to have a better team around them. That’s where there has to be a little compromise.”

Laine, 24, rebounded from a slow start with the Blue Jackets last year, scoring 26 goals and 56 points in 56 games this season. He scored 12 goals and 24 points in 46 games in 2020-21.

Selected second overall in the 2016 NHL Draft, Laine scored a career-high 44 goals with the Winnipeg Jets in 2017-18, but has reached the 30-goal mark just once since. He was traded together with Jack Roslovic to the Blue Jackets in exchange for Pierre-Luc Dubois and a 2022 third-round pick.

Columbus has just over $21 million in cap space this summer, according to CapFriendly, after signing Roslovic to a two-year, $8 million extension last week.

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The New York Rangers paid a high price to acquire Andrew Copp from the Winnipeg Jets at the trade deadline, but keeping the 27-year-old on Broadway could be a tall order.

Ethan Sears of the New York Post writes that the Rangers, who have a projected cap space of $11.9 million (per CapFriendly), are unlikely to be able to keep both ryan strome Y Andrew Copp off the free agent market next month.

Sears notes that Rangers GM Chris Drury will also have to be aware of the cap space needed next year to re-sign. alexis lafreniere, Philip Quitil and K’Andre Miller, as all three are scheduled for restricted free agency at the time. He added that Copp has stated a preference to play center after working on the wing with the Rangers and the Ann Arbor, Michigan native could opt to sign with his hometown Detroit Red Wings, who have no shortage of space. under the salary cap this summer.

“It’s going to take everything about the situation, where the team is headed, the special teams, the coach, the systems, it all comes into play,” Copp said of his impending free-agent decision after the season. “Not to mention the city, the way of life, all that kind of stuff.”

Acquired from the Jets for forward Morgan BarronA first-round pick, a second-round pick, and a fifth-round pick, Copp had a career-high 21 goals and 53 points in 72 games split between the two teams.

Drafted in the fourth round (104th overall) by Winnipeg in the 2013 NHL Draft, Copp spent seven seasons in Winnipeg before the trade. He is coming off a one-year, $3.6 million contract.

Kane Update

TSN hockey expert Pierre LeBrun joined TSN Radio 1260 Edmonton on Monday to update the status of talks between the Oilers and the pending unrestricted free agent. Evander Kane.

LeBrun reports that the two sides have a mutual interest in reaching an agreement and more clarity is expected in the coming days.

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Kane, 30, has scored 22 goals and 39 points in 43 games for the Oilers this season. He added 13 goals and 17 points in 15 games as Edmonton reached the Western Conference Final.

Kane, the Atlanta Thrashers’ fourth overall pick in the 2009 NHL Draft, has been in the NHL with the Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets, Buffalo Sabres, San Jose Sharks and Oilers.

He signed a one-year, $2.1 million prorated deal to join the Oilers in January after the team opted out of his seven-year deal with the San Jose Sharks.

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