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Monstrous rumor breaks out linking Patrik Laine to the Montreal Canadiens


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Daniel Lucente
July 9, 2024  (5:17 PM)
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Montreal Canadiens GM Kent Hughes (left). Patrik Laine of the Columbus Blue Jackets (right). Montreal Canadiens logo (center)
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Word has broken out the Montreal Canadiens are closing in on a trade to acquire Patrik Laine from the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Many teams have been interested in trading for Patrik Laine, with the Carolina Hurricanes being the most recent front runners who came close to acquiring Laine at the draft, however those talks quickly died down a few days later.
While some think that a Martin Necas for Patrick Laine trade with added assets might be the play here, do we think that the Hurricanes can get Laine without giving them Necas?
It appears that the Montreal Canadiens are now the front runners to land Laine, as reports are surfacing stating that Habs GM Kent Hughes is only one small issue away from being able to agree on a deal with Columbus. It is believed that the Habs would be sending quite the return to the Blue Jackets, but overall, this trade would benefit both teams in addressing immediate needs.
A healthy Laine would definitely boost our top 6 and would help the team take a leap forward in 2024-25. I wonder if that's what Kent Hughes is working on right now.

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The Habs struggled mightily last year at times to produce consistent offense, and Columbus has been at the bottom of the standings for many years, really affecting Laine from flourishing. Should this trade officially be completed, both teams would have a lot of their problems solved for next season.
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