The NHL transfer deadline is 10 pm Finnish time on Monday evening.
Columbus GM Jarmo Kekäläinen has not traditionally kept the candle stable in the transfer market.
A couple of years ago, he is remembered as the largest buyer of the transfer limit.
This time, he seems to be one of the biggest sellers.
In recent days, Kekäläinen has put the long-term leading figures of Blue Jackets in flesh.
Captain Nick Foligno and David Savard were allowed to leave, as was Riley Nash.
Of course, the most interesting thing about Columbus in Finnish is Patrik Laine's situation.
The wave of time in Columbus has been catastrophic, and the paint cannon has not shown its abilities at all in the new environment.
So it has been considered whether Kekäläinen could trade the Finnish star forward.
The issue is also revolving around Aaron Portzline, who follows Columbus in his article in The Athletic
- It’s hard to imagine Blue Jackets trading Laine just two and a half months after his acquisition.
But there are people on the NHL executive who don’t think it’s an excluded option either, Portzline writes.
At Columbus, it has become clear that the best powers cannot be obtained from Laine without sufficient auxiliary forces around.
- How long would it take to surround Laine with the necessary abilities to really thrive?
This would mean acquiring a No. 1 center in a store, which is not easy, or reserving one for which there are no guarantees.
The Athletic wonders that maybe Laine could still wake up with successes, or maybe the head coach who might change next season could get him in bloom.
- But it may be that Laine is a luxury product that Blue Jackets will not be able to fully enjoy in the near future.
If so, Kekäläinen may have interesting calls over the next 24 hours (by Monday night), Portzline writes.
Patrik Laine scored his first goal of the month in the previous game.Photo: Kim Klement / USA Today Sports
Laine is a limited free agent after the season, but contract negotiations threaten to become really complicated due to the poor performances of the season.
A long contract is hardly promised.
Short, on the other hand, would mean that Laine is already close to becoming an unrestricted free agent (2023), which would not be a good thing for the club.
Kekäläinen has now amassed interesting chips for possible game moves.
After the first bookings from Savard and Foligno, Kekäläinen has as many as three first-round booking shifts for the coming summer.
Of course, the Finnish boss can get top promises for their ranks and start developing them into long-term key players.
But first-round booking shifts are also highly valued when negotiating player deals - such as the purchase of a quality cutter.
With Kekäläinen still holding a Joker card called Laine, Columbus is an interesting gambler in the NHL market.
An additional spice is brought by the Columbus goalkeeper situation.
Both Joonas Korpisalo and Elvis Merzlikins will be released as unlimited free agents after next season.
Probably the team can’t afford to keep both anymore then, so one of the guards will have to trade before the exchange value is still reasonable.
Kekäläinen can make game moves even before the Monday night move limit, but the most significant moves can only be in the summer, when the biggest wagons usually move.