A major detail prevents a transaction from taking place in the Patrik Laine case

A major detail prevents a transaction from taking place in the Patrik Laine case
A major detail prevents a transaction from taking place in the Patrik Laine case

It is no longer a secret that the days of Patrick Laine in Columbus are counted. Pierre LeBrunTSN’s Laine recently confirmed that Laine and the Blue Jackets have mutually agreed to release him from Columbus and give him a chance to rekindle his career elsewhere.

However, there is one detail that is preventing the discussions from moving forward and that is the fact that Laine has been participating in the NHL/NHLPA player assistance program since January due to mental health issues.

It’s not so much that he needed help with issues in his life, but rather that it speaks volumes about his desire to improve his situation. It’s more that the Blue Jackets haven’t been informed whether Laine has been allowed to leave the program. That uncertainty makes it difficult for interested teams to move forward with negotiations.

Despite these complications, there would be interest from several teams according to the rumors circulating. It must be said that the Finn represents a good bet.

At his best, Laine is a real threat on the ice, capable of finding the back of the net on a regular basis. If he’s healthy, he could help a team significantly on offense.

His contract is good for two more seasons, so he doesn’t represent a long-term commitment, which is another interesting factor. Finally, he shouldn’t cost very much to acquire considering the situation.

That said, it’s unlikely Laine will be traded anytime soon until he’s released from the player assistance program and teams have had a chance to talk with him.

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