Patrik Laine is back in union blue for another year.
Today, the Blue Jackets announced that Laine has accepted his qualifying offer of $7.5 million for the 2021-22 NHL season.
"At just 23 years of age, Patrik has established himself as one of the premier goal scorers in the National Hockey League," said GM Jarmo Kekalainen. "There is no doubt that he had a difficult season in 2020-21, as a lot of players did, but we are confident that he will bounce back this season. He is a special talent, has a passion for the game and will be an important part of our organization as we move forward."
Laine struggled in Columbus last season, but so did everyone else. He still tallied 10-11-21 in 45 games, but he's talented enough to produce much more than that (and he did in Winnipeg). This season is a great opportunity for him to hit the reset button and regain his confidence.
"Last season was a tough one, but I've put it in the past and am looking forward to getting back to Columbus and helping this team move forward," said Laine. "I've had a good summer training and I'm excited about what's ahead for me personally and for our team."