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Patrik Laine accepts one year qualifying offer from Blue Jackets

Laine, 23, was considering whether to sign a $7.5 million qualifying offer from the Blue Jackets. It would make him the team’s highest paid player next season and mark an increase of $750,000 from his $6.75 million salary cap value this past season.

Ultimately the Finnish star forward did sign the deal, which gives him a one-year contract and buy the team’s management more time to convince him to sign a longer extension.

Laine struggled last season after the Winnipeg Jets traded him and forward Jack Roslovic to the Blue Jackets Jan. 23 for Pierre-Luc Dubois and a 2022 third-round pick. He posted career lows in almost every offensive category — finishing with just 12 goals, 12 assists and 24 points in 46 games — but there is significant rebound potential.

Igor Burdetskiy

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