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Columbus Blue Jackets give Patrik Laine 4-year, $34.8M extension

The Columbus Blue Jackets and forward Patrik Laine have agreed to a four-year extension worth $34.8 million, the team announced Friday.

The extension has an average annual value of $8.7 million and is keeping Laine at Columbus through the 2025-26 season.

Laine, the second overall pick in the 2016 draft, was traded from the Winnipeg Jets to the Blue Jackets in the 2020-21 season. In his first full season with Columbus last year, Laine recorded 56 points (26 goals, 30 assists) in 56 games.

The 24-year-old from Finland was a restricted free agent this offseason.

“One of our priorities this summer was to sign Patrik Laine for a contract extension. He’s a special player, one of the all-time leading scorers in the National Hockey League and he’s fitted into our group very well since his arrival,” general manager Jarmo Kekäläinen said in a statement on Friday. “He’s an integral part of the team we’re building in Columbus and we couldn’t be happier that he will continue to be a Blue Jacket for the foreseeable future.”

Columbus made a splash on day one of free agency by signing unrestricted free-agent forward Johnny Gaudreau to a seven-year, $68.25 million contract.

With Laine on the right side of the ice and Gaudreau on the left, the Blue Jackets will be looking to make the playoffs for the first time since the 2019-20 season.

https://www.espn.com/nhl/story/_/id/34281049/columbus-blue-jackets-give-patrik-laine-4-year-348m-extension Columbus Blue Jackets give Patrik Laine 4-year, $34.8M extension

Emma Bowman

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