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Six Possible Patrik Laine Trade Options for Jets to Consider

Ken Wiebe of Sportsnet examined six possible trade destinations for Patrik Laine and offered up some pieces that could come back to Winnipeg.

Ken Wiebe of Sportsnet took a look at the drama unfolding in Winnipeg as it pertains to Patrik Laine and discussed possible scenarios under which Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff might move the disgruntled forward in a deal. Admitting that he won’t move just for the sake of moving him and that presssure from the agent to get a deal done won’t speed up the process, there are a few trade options that could work for Winnipeg should teams come calling.

Wiebe listed six possible trade partners for the Jets might accept and discussed why he thinks they would work, noting specifically the assets that might be coming back in any potential deal.

Florida Panthers Have Multiple Pieces

Wiebe starts with the Panthers and notes that the team has multiple players that could work as a part of a trade. He lists defensemen Aaron Ekblad and MacKenzie Weegar or forwards, Jonathan Huberdeau, Noel Acciari, and Henrik Borgstrom as possible options.

Wiebe notes that new GM Bill Zito is looking ensure top centre Aleksander Barkov is happy with the direction of the team as he’s just two years away from unrestricted free agency. Adding his close friend Laine might show him there’s no reason to look elsewhere.

Buffalo Sabres Would Have Crazy Good Top Line

The Buffalo Sabres could get in the game after adding Taylor Hall in free agency. If they did, offering up one of Sam Reinhart or Jack Quinn at forward, or Rasmus Ristolainen, Brandon Montour, Henri Jokiharu on the blue line would be a starting point in conversations.

NHL trade rumors: Ristolainen staying in Buffalo
NHL trade rumors: Ristolainen staying in Buffalo

Wiebe says, “Can you imagine a top line with Laine on the right side and the type of damage that trio might be able to inflict?”

Related: Report Confirms Laine Has Told Jets He’d Prefer a Trade Out of Winnipeg

Carolina Hurricanes Have the Young Centers Laine Would Like

Listing defensemen Brett Pesce or Jake Gardiner, plus forwards Teuvo Teravainen, Martin Necas, and Seth Jarvis as possible trade pieces, Wiebe notes the Hurricanes have two top centers that could mesh well with Laine long-term. Sebastian Aho and Andrei Svechnikov are emerging superstars and pairing them with someone like Laine could make this team dangerous. They have a blue line surplus and could afford to move some of their $25 million invested in the defense corps to get a deal done.

Philadelphia Flyers Know He’s Dangerous

Wiebe suggests the Flyers could get in on trade talks simply because they know how impactful Laine can be having played against him so often. The suggestion is the team could offer up Travis Konecny, Travis Sanheim, Nolan Patrick, Morgan Frost, or Samuel Morin.

A combination of Laine and Sean Couturier on the top line plus plenty of time for Laine on their top unit power play would be an improvement for the Flyers in a major way.

Anaheim Ducks Still Miss Selanne

Noting the Anaheim Ducks might be willing to move defensemen Hampus Lindholm or Josh Manson, plus a combination of Rikard Rakell, Trevor Zegras, even newly drafted blue line prospect Jamie Drysdale, it could get the Ducks into trade talks for Laine.

Wiebe suggests the Ducks have never really gotten over the loss of Finnish star Teemu Selanne and with so many young prospects in their system, a proven scorer would speed up their rebuild. Wiebe suggests Lindholm and Manson might be good options because they are under contract for two more seasons.

New York Islanders Would Have to Move Salary

The New York Islanders seem like a long shot here, but Wiebe lists them anyways and notes that GM Lou Lamoriello is stealthy and can find a way, should he want to. Wiebe suggests the Islanders could dangle forwards Brock Nelson or Josh Bailey, or defensemen Ryan Pulock, Adam Pelech, or Noah Dobson.

The idea of top centre Mathew Barzal with Laine is scary. But, Lamoriello would first have to get Barzal signed.

Columbus Blue Jackets Have Space

The final team on Wiebe’s list is the Columbus Blue Jackets and he notes the team could offer up either defenseman Zach Werenski, or forward like Oliver Bjorkstrand, Cam Atkinson, and Liam Foudy.

The Blue Jackets have yet to land the big fish everyone thought they might try to land after clearing a ton of cap scape the day before free agency. While a lot of the money will go to Pierre-Luc Dubois, a combination of Laine and Dubois would make the Blue Jackets extremely dangerous. Wiebe says the Jets would likely as for Seth Jones in a deal but that’s probably a non-starter.

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