Laine has accepted his one-year, $7.5 million qualifying offer from the Blue Jackets, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Laine struggled to the tune of just 12 goals and 24 points in 46 games split between the Jets and Blue Jackets last season after racking up 28 goals and 63 points through 68 games with Winnipeg in 2019-20, so it should come as no surprise that he's willing to play on his one-year, $7.5 million qualifying offer next campaign. The 23-year-old sniper will be looking to bounce back in 2021-22 before potentially landing a lucrative long-term deal next offseason.
Laine dished out two assists and had one shot in Saturday's 5-4 overtime win over Detroit.
Laine took the puck hard to the net midway through the first period and centered to Cam Atkinson for an easy tap-in that got Columbus on the board. Laine also drew a secondary assist on Jack Roslovic's go-ahead goal in the latter stages of the third period. It was the first multi-point game in almost a month for Laine, who has gone 11 straight contests without a goal.
Laine (illness) will make his return Monday against the Predators, Mark Scheig of The Hockey Writers reports.
Laine's absence was limited to just one game. He's always a threat to score given his superb shooting ability, but Laine has struggled to generate offense in a Blue Jackets uniform, with just 18 points in 41 appearances for Columbus.
Laine (illness) won't play Saturday against the Hurricanes, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
Laine has been highly disappointing since joining the Blue Jackets via a trade in late January, totaling just 10 goals and 18 points while posting an ugly minus-26 rating in 41 contests. He'll be reevaluated ahead of Monday's matchup with Nashville.
Laine managed a power-play assist Thursday, but he also skated to a minus-3 rating in a 3-1 loss to the Lightning.
The apple was Laine's first point in five games and he seems to be having a great deal of trouble adjusting defensively. Laine was on the ice for all three goals allowed in this latest contest and he's forced eight takeaways compared to 39 giveaways in as many games with the Blue Jackets this season. While Laine is not playing like the elite offensive producer we saw during his tenure with the Jets -- he registered 250 points through 306 games -- it's tough to bench him outright in most fantasy leagues. Be sure to explore all of your options at the forward position before sending him to the virtual pine.
Laine scored two goals in Monday's 4-3 overtime loss to Chicago.
After snapping an eight-game stretch without a point and an unfathomable 14-game goalless drought Saturday, Laine looked a little more like a superstar Monday, going coast to coast on a highlight-reel tally midway through the third period to tie the score at 3-3 and get the Jackets to OT. Even with this outburst, the 22-year-old has only 10 goals and 17 points through 34 games since arriving in Columbus.
Laine scored his first goal in 15 games in a 4-3 loss to Chicago on Saturday.
So, the Columbus experiment has been a worse fit than the Winnipeg one was. Wow. The goal was Laine's first point in nine games and just his fifth in 23. The pending RFA could be offer sheeted this offseason, leaving the Jackets with nothing if they don't match. But Laine isn't helping his case for either a big deal or offer sheet with his stone cold play. At this point, a trade is still possible before the deadline Monday. Something has to kick start his game; we just worry that it won't come this season.
Laine struck for a power-play goal on two shots in Thursday's 5-4 overtime loss to Florida.
Laine buried a one-timer from the left circle with a man advantage winding down, giving the Blue Jackets a 3-1 lead. The 22-year-old had last lit the lamp Feb. 23, going the ensuing seven consecutive games without a point. The 22-year-old, acquired from Winnipeg in a blockbuster deal earlier this season, has nine goals and five assists in 19 games this year.
Laine scored two power-play goals and added an even-strength assist in Tuesday's 6-5 shootout loss to Chicago.
Both goals came in the second period to erase 2-1 and 3-2 deficits before Laine set up Oliver Bjorkstrand with four minutes left in the third to send the game to overtime. Laine also fired six shots on net, his best total yet in a game since joining the Jackets, and the 22-year-old has six goals and 10 points in 10 games with his new club.
Laine scored a goal on two shots and had seven PIM in a 3-2 overtime loss to Chicago on Saturday.
Laine beat Chicago netminder Kevin Lankinen with a snap shot from the top of the right circle, breaking the ice just under seven minutes into the game. Laine has points in back-to-back contests (one goal, one assist) following his Feb. 8 benching against Carolina. The 22-year-old has lit the lamp four times in six games since being acquired from Winnipeg.
Laine didn't see the ice for the latter part of the second period and the entirety of the third during Monday's win over the Hurricanes, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
It apparently didn't take long for the former Jet to run afoul of Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella. Just one game after he lit the lamp twice for Columbus, Laine found himself nailed to the bench after blowing a defensive assignment on Brock McGinn and allowing the Carolina forward to score. Torts denied that the missed backcheck was the sole reason Laine didn't re-enter the game, but it's still remarkable that the 22-year-old star got his first taste of discipline from his new coach before Pierre-Luc Dubois even played his first game with Winnipeg. Laine at least wasn't singled out, as Dean Kukan also got benched for the final 33 minutes of Monday's win, but it remains to be seen if there will be any fallout from this incident - either on Laine's short-term production or on the likelihood of the Jackets signing him to a contract extension before he becomes a restricted free agent next offseason.
Laine scored twice in Sunday's 6-5 loss to the Hurricanes.
Laine scored the opening tally at 10:07 of the first period on the power play, and he added a second goal in the final minute of regulation. He's settled in quite comfortably to the Blue Jackets' top line -- Laine has three goals in as many contests since he was traded from the Jets. Overall, he's at five goals and an assist in four appearances this year.
Laine scored a goal on his only shot in Thursday's 4-3 win over Dallas.
Laine stayed with a puck on a bit of a broken rush and lifted a backhander past Anton Khudobin from the bottom of the faceoff circle. It was Laine's first goal as a Blue Jacket and gave Columbus a 3-1 lead 7:50 into the second period. The 22-year-old has generated only three shots in his first two games with his new team, but that might be at least partially attributable to finding his comfort level.
Laine failed to register a point and managed two shots, two hits, two PIM and a minus-2 rating during Tuesday's 6-3 loss to the Stars.
It was an inauspicious Columbus debut for the three-time 30-goal scorer, but coach John Tortorella showed immediate trust in Laine, and he led all Jackets forwards in ice time as the team tried to mount a comeback after falling behind 5-1. It could be a few games before Laine finds some chemistry with new linemates and gets comfortable in a new system, but it seems like he'll be given every chance to supply Columbus with the dynamic offensive threat it's been lacking since Artemi Panarin left for Broadway.
Laine will make his Blue Jackets debut Tuesday against the Stars.
Laine couldn't have picked a better team to debut against, as he's produced at a high rate versus the Stars through the first four years of his career, racking up 18 goals and 25 points in 17 matchups with Dallas. The former Jet is expected to skate on Columbus' first line and top power-play unit during Tuesday's contest.
Laine (upper body) skated at practice Monday, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.
Laine was unable to participate with his new squad while in quarantine for the last few days. Columbus will still need to activate him from injured reserve before he can suit up. It appears he's getting closer to making his Blue Jackets debut, but Laine is still questionable for Tuesday's game against Dallas.
Laine (upper body) is expected to fly to Columbus on Friday, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.
Laine will have to quarantine for 48 hours after arriving in Ohio, but as long as his upper-body injury is no longer an issue, he could start practicing with the Blue Jackets as soon as Monday, setting up a potential debut Tuesday against the Stars. The 22-year-old Finn potted two goals and picked up an assist on Opening Night with Winnipeg before going down with an upper-body injury, after which he became part of a major trade with Columbus.
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.
|Last 7 Games|
|05/08||vs DET||W 5-4 (OT)||0||2||2||+1||16:53|
|05/07||vs DET||L 2-5||0||1||1||-2||18:34|
|05/05||vs NSH||W 4-2||0||0||0||-1||13:58|
|05/03||vs NSH||L 3-4 (OT)||0||0||0||-1||18:37|
|04/27||vs DET||W 1-0 (SO)||0||0||0||0||13:45|
|04/25||@ TB||L 3-4 (OT)||0||0||0||0||14:41|
|04/22||@ TB||L 1-3||0||1||1||-3||18:13|
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