In today’s NHL rumor rundown, could the Winnipeg Jets be eyeing the new Seattle Kraken franchise as a trade destination for Patrik Laine? What are the Chicago Blackhawks going to do with their surplus of players? In Detroit, the coach believes they might be thin in one area. Will they add? Finally, a few NHL insiders have commented about the start date of a new NHL season and what seems realistic based on the updates surrounding the pandemic, travel, venues and more.
Laine to Seattle Kraken an Option?
Sportsnet’s Ken Wiebe writes in a recent mailbag segment that the Seattle Kraken might be a possible trade destination for Patrik Laine if the Winnipeg Jets get the sense Laine is not eager to sign a contract extension.
Patrik Laine, Winnipeg Jets (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers)
Wiebe notes the 22-year-old winger becomes a restricted free agent with arbitration rights next summer and the Kraken are one of the few teams who could afford to pay Laine a hefty long-term salary because they’re starting from scratch with no salary cap. They would also be placing him on the team’s top line every game which is something of an issue for him in Winnipeg.
In short, Laine could be a player the Kraken find tempting to build around and while there’s been no talk of any sort of deal in the works, it might be a situation worth watching.
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