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Blue Jackets re-signs Reine and replaces Björk Strand with Kraken | ProHockeyTalk

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Patrik Laine has signed a long-term contract to stay in Columbus Blue Jackets and completed the last key item on the checklist to conclude the offseason success.

Winger is a four-year resignation deal that will bring $ 34.8 million in salary cap hits by 2026. The deal allows Columbus to maintain a high-scoring winger even after adding top free agent Johnny Goddraw.

When they landed Godlow surprisingly, the big question was whether Blue Jackets could put Linee under the cap as a restricted free agent. General manager Jarmo Kekalainen confirmed that it wasn’t a problem.

“One of our priorities this summer was to sign an extension with Patrick Reine,” said Kekaranen. “He is a special player, one of the true elite goal scorers of the National Hockey League, and has been in very good harmony with our group since his arrival. He builds us in Columbus. It’s an integral part of the team we’re doing. “

Blue Jackets created space for Linee by trading Oliver Björk Strand to Seattle Kraken to win the third and fourth round picks of the 2023 draft.

“It was a difficult decision to trade Oliver, who has made a significant contribution to our organization over the last seven years,” said Kekaranen. “But after Johnny Godrow and Patrick Reine signed, we had to do something like this to comply with the salary cap. Thanks to Oliver’s many contributions to the club, both on ice and on ice. doing.”

Reine was a point-a-game player last season during her first year in Columbus. 24-year-old Finn has scored 184 goals and 158 assists in 431 NHL regular seasons and playoff games against the Blue Jackets and Winnipeg Jets.

Columbus acquired Reine from Winnipeg in January 2021 with Jack Rothlovich in exchange for the disgruntled center of Pierre-Luc du Bois. The challenge was to maintain the line at all times.

The deal does that and says Godrow doesn’t want to go to Columbus or stay in Columbus after all he wants, rather than being signed by Artemi Panarin, Sergei Bobrovsky, Seth Jones and others for a long time. It was after the myth was blown away in the semester.

“I personally thought it was a good place,” Godrow said after signing. “I think we can have a lot of success here. I’ve been circled the list for a while. Not only did I hear about the city and where you live, but I’m also a great player on this team. I’m really looking forward to joining this group. “

Beyond Godrow and Rain, the group includes top defense Zack Wellensky, rookie center Kent Johnson, 2021 first round Pick Cole Sillinger, Captain Jenner, and 27-year-old goalkeeper Elvis Meltzlikins. included. With Rain’s contract, the Blue Jackets are one step closer to returning to the playoffs for the first time since 2020.

Seattle has further enhanced its talent by acquiring a 27-year-old Bjork Strand from Denmark. Björk Strand recorded his career record with 28 goals and 57 points, and was the best match for his previous NHL season with 29 assists.

“We are pleased to welcome Oliver to our organization,” said Ron Francis of Kraken GM. “He’s finished a year of his career playing top minutes aggressively in Columbus. His creativity and hockey sensation will be a good addition to our forward group.”

In the second year of the league, Kraken has already signed Stanley Cup winner Andre Burakovsky this offseason, defense Justin Schultz, goalkeeper Martin Jones and Magnus Helberg.