Blue Jackets' Laine accepting $7.5M qualifying offer for 2021-22 season

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Patrik Laine, right, controls the puck in front of Carolina Hurricanes forward Jordan Staal during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Columbus, Ohio, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021. (Paul Vernon / AP)

Columbus Blue Jackets sniper Patrik Laine is accepting his qualifying offer and will earn $7.5 million for the 2021-22 season, per Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

Laine, a restricted free agent, was coming off a two-year, $13.5-million bridge deal signed with the Winnipeg Jets in the fall of 2019.

The 23-year-old put up 10 goals and 21 points in his first season wearing Blue Jackets colours, that after four campaigns with the Jets.

Drafted second-overall back in 2016, Laine burst onto the scene with a 36-goal, 64-point rookie season. He followed that up with 44 goals and 70 points as a sophomore, that effort standing as his career best.

After a pair of rocky seasons in Winnipeg — in which the Finn still managed 58 goals and 113 points in 150 games — Laine was shipped to the Blue Jackets in January as part of a multi-player deal.

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