Patrik Laine's trade request may lead him to the Montreal Canadiens

Elliot Ben Jacob
June 14, 2024  (5:29 PM)

The Columbus Blue Jackets' Patrik Laine.
Photo credit: Tsn

Patrik Laine has recently requested to be traded and move on from the Columbus Blue Jackets. His demands have led to rumours about him ending up with the Montreal Canadiens, seeing as they're currently looking for a top 6 winger.

Patrik Laine's desire to leave the Columbus Blue Jackets was reported by TSN's Pierre LeBrun on Wednesday evening, setting the stage for a potential move to the Montreal Canadiens. Many analysts believe that Montreal is a fitting destination for Laine, given their search for a large, impactful forward. Kent Hughes and Jeff Gorton are particularly keen on securing a top-6 winger, a role Laine perfectly fits.
«Patrik Laine wants to leave Columbus. Pierre LeBrun from TSN reports that both parties are working on a trade.» - Neil Smith
The potential trade details are now emerging. According to my colleagues at Marqueur, a concrete offer has been proposed:
To Montreal - Patrik Laine

To Columbus - Filip Mesar and the 26th overall pick in 2024

This offer suggests a relatively affordable deal for Laine compared to other high-profile players like Martin Necas and Trevor Zegras. Given Laine's hefty $8.7 million annual salary until 2026 and his trade request, there is speculation that the Canadiens might be able to acquire him for even less.
Reflecting on past trades, such as Taylor Hall's, it's conceivable that the final price for Laine could be more favorable. The question remains, though: is this proposed deal worth it for Montreal?
Patrik Laine carries some impressive stats, coming in at 6 feet 5 inches and weighing 215 pounds. At just 26 years old, he has made 388 points, including 204 goals, over 480 NHL games. His size and scoring ability make him a invaluable asset.
The proposed trade can be viewed here:
As the Canadiens continue their quest to bolster their offensive lineup, Laine represents a compelling option. With two weeks of potential negotiations ahead, this situation is one to watch closely.