The Jets traded Laine (upper body) and Jack Roslovic (contract dispute) to the Blue Jackets in exchange for Pierre-Luc Dubois (coach's decision) and a 2022 third-round pick Saturday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports. This is essentially a swap of two disgruntled players for another disgruntled player and a draft pick, as Laine was expected to try to force his way out of Winnipeg following the expiration of his current deal at the end of the 2020-21 campaign, Roslovic has been sitting out while awaiting a trade and Dubois made it clear that he's no longer interested in playing in Columbus before the season even began. Laine is an elite goal scorer and will definitely add some pop to the Jackets' attack, but coach John Tortorella has instituted a conservative, defensive-minded system in Columbus, which could suppress the 22-year-old Finn's offensive production a bit going forward. Laine is currently on injured reserve with an upper-body injury, and he'll have to quarantine for seven days after arriving in Ohio, so he likely won't make his Blue Jackets debut until February.
Laine (upper body) was placed on injured reserve Friday. With the Jets' ability to place Laine on IR retroactively, this designation should be considered a procedural move as it shouldn't have any impact on his timetable for return. Once cleared to play, Laine should continue to serve as a top-end fantasy option, especially based on his three-point season debut against Calgary on Jan. 14.
Laine (upper body) will not be available against the Senators on Saturday, Scott Billeck of the Winnipeg Sun reports. Laine will miss his fourth consecutive contest with what continues to be deemed a day-to-day issue. Andrew Copp figures to continue filling a top-six role while Laine is sidelined, though he won't offer anything close to the same level of offensive production. Additionally, Paul Stastny has been elevated to the No. 1 power-play unit, bolstering his fantasy value. With the upcoming back-to-back, it seems unlikely Laine will be ready for Sunday's clash with Edmonton, either.
Laine (upper body), as expected, will not be in the lineup against Ottawa on Thursday, Mitchell Clinton of JetsTV reports. Laine will be on the shelf for his third straight contest due to his lingering upper-body injury. It's certainly a disappointment for the 22-year-old winger considering he put together a dominant performance in the season opener with three points versus the Flames. Once fully fit, Laine should not only immediately retake a spot in the top six, but also link up with the No. 1 power-play unit, making him a top-end fantasy option when healthy.
Laine (upper body) will miss Tuesday's clash with Ottawa, Scott Billeck of the Winnipeg Sun reports. It will be the second straight game on the shelf for Laine as he continues to deal with an upper-body injury. In the season-opener, the 22-year-old winger was nearly unstoppable with two goals on three shots and one helper. Once given the all-clear, the Finn should be a lock to resume his spot in the top six. In the meantime, Mathieu Perreault figures to continue featuring on the second line.
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