Patrick Lane could become a restricted free agent again this summer after accepting a qualifying offer of $7.5 million valid for one season last year.
Journalist Aaron Burtzlin the athlete Reports indicate that the Columbus Blue Jackets have discussed several possibilities with Lynn, but the biggest challenge is finding an average annual salary that both parties can agree on.
Blue Jackets’ general manager, Jarmo Kekalainen, told Portzline that “concessions” would have to be made to reach an agreement.
“They have their ideas, and we have ours,” Kekalainen said. “We want everything to fit together so we can build a team that can aspire to great honors.
“We believe in fair contracts, but guys have to understand that they also want to have a better team around them. This is where a little compromise has to be.”
Lin, 24, has rebounded from a slow start with the Blue Jackets last year, scoring 26 goals and 56 points in 56 games this season. He had 12 goals and 24 points in 46 games in 2020-2021.
Laine was named second overall in the 2016 NHL Draft, and scored 44 goals for the Winnipeg Jets in 2017-18, a career high, but has only reached 30 goals since then. He was traded to Jack Roslovich on Blue Jackets for Pierre-Luc Dubois and 2022 in the third round.
According to CapFri Friendly, Columbus has just over $21 million in salary cap fluctuation space this summer after he offered Roslovic a two-year, $8 million contract extension.
Is it possible to keep a cup in New York?
The New York Rangers paid a high price to secure the services of Andrew Copp of the Winnipeg Jets on the trade deadline, but keeping the 27-year-old on Broadway could prove to be a tough task.
Ethan Sears from New York Post He writes that Rangers, who have a grace period of $11.9 million (according to CapFri Friendly), are unlikely to be able to keep Ryan Strome and Copp out of the free agent market next month.
Sears notes that Rangers’ general manager, Chris Drury, will also need to be aware of the leeway he will need next year to offer new contracts to Alexis Lafrenire, Filip Chytil and K’Andre Miller, as those could become restricted free agents. He added that Cobb said he preferred playing in the middle after playing on the wing with Rangers. The journalist also notes that the Ann Arbor, Michigan native, could choose to join the Detroit Red Wings, who don’t have enough room under this summer’s salary cap.
Acquired by the Jets in exchange for striker Morgan Barron, a first-round pick, second-round pick and fifth-round pick, Copp had 21 goals and 53 points in 72 games with both teams.
Winnipeg’s fourth-round pick (ranked 104) in the 2013 NHL Draft, Copp spent seven seasons at Winnipeg before being traded. He just completed the final year of a one-year contract worth $3.6 million.
The bear can explore the market
On the cusp of becoming a restricted free agent, defender Ethan Beer has been given permission by the Carolina Hurricanes to begin talks with other teams, reports Chip Alexander, a reporter for the Raleigh News & The Observer.
In his first season with the Hurricanes last year, Bear, acquired in the summer from Edmonton Oilers, had 5 goals and 9 assists in 58 games.
In 190 National Hockey League games, the 24-year-old scored 13 goals and 34 assists.
Kane and the Oilers: The Common Interest
Our colleague Pierre Lebrun reports that Edmonton Oilers and striker Evander Kane are interested in expanding their association and that the profile should develop in the following players.
Kane, who could become an unrestricted free agent on July 13, has scored 22 goals and 39 points in 43 games for the Oilers this season. He added 13 goals and 17 points in 15 playoffs, helping the Oilers reach the Western Conference Finals.
The fourth-choice Atlanta Thrashers in the 2009 NHL Draft entry, Kane played in the NHL with Thrashers/Jets, Buffalo Sabers, San Jose Sharks, and Oilers.
He signed a one-year, $2.1 million pro-rata contract to join Oilers in January after the team terminated their seven-year contract with the Sharks.
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