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PATRIK LAINE QUALIFIED BY COLUMBUS; WILL HE SIGN THE OFFER?

JUL 20, 2021  (22H25)      MIKE ARMENTI
Following a lackluster performance during the 2020-21 season, Columbus Blue Jackets forward Patrik Laine has a lot to prove to both himself and his team this season.

There has been a lot of turnover in Columbus this season, with head coach John Tortorella's tenure coming to an end, captain Nick Foligno being moved to Toronto at the deadline and defenseman David Savard having just won a Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning. With that turnover comes opportunity - and Laine is in a position to really be able to cash in as a UFA next summer.

Per The Columbus Dispatch, the Blue Jackets have extended Laine a qualifying offer, which, if signed, would pay the Finnish sniper $7.5M next season, walking him straight to unrestricted free agency. Whether that will be with the Jackets or another organization remains to be seen.

Laine claims that he was "miscast" in Columbus, and it's hard to argue with the pure offensive forward who was thrown into a defense-first system and expected to fall in line, but still produce at an elite level.

Laine, in an English translation from a Finnish news outlet, said that he understood the assignment in Columbus, but that the assignment did not allow the player to be himself.

«I understand the need for a tight system, but all players are different,» he said. «I do not even want to be like everyone else. I am who I am and do things my way. Everyone should be given the opportunity to be themselves. Then, of course, you have to play within the team's system. I think it's stupid not to use my potential. But then it's another matter what the coaches think.»

Laine will have an opportunity to rebound under a new coaching regime this season, as former assistant coach Brad Larsen was hired to replace Tortorella earlier this year.

The 23-year-old managed just 24 points in 46 games this season after amassing 63 points in 68 games just one season prior.

Laine is currently deliberating over whether or not to sign his qualifying offer. It is suggested that he may.

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NHL STATS
PLAYOFFS
2020-2021GPGAPTS
NIKITA KUCHEROV
2382432
BRAYDEN POINT
2314923
STEVEN STAMKOS
2381018
VICTOR HEDMAN
2321618
ALEXANDER KILLORN
198917
WILLIAM KARLSSON
1941216
NICK SUZUKI
227916
NATHAN MACKINNON
108715
DAVID PASTRNAK
117815
MATHEW BARZAL
196814
TYLER TOFFOLI
225914
MIKKO RANTANEN
105813
GABRIEL LANDESKOG
104913
JOSH BAILEY
196713
ANTHONY BEAUVILLIER
195813
JEAN-GABRIEL PAGEAU
1931013
ONDREJ PALAT
235813
BRAD MARCHAND
118412
CHARLIE MCAVOY
1111112
ALEX PIETRANGELO
194812
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NHL STATS
YESTERDAY
JULY 7, 2021 G A PTS
ROSS COLTON
1 - 1
RYAN MCDONAGH
- 1 1
DAVID SAVARD
- 1 1
JOSH ANDERSON
- - -
JOEL ARMIA
- - -
PAUL BYRON
- - -
COLE CAUFIELD
- - -
ERIK CERNAK
- - -
BEN CHIAROT
- - -
ANTHONY CIRELLI
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