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Evan’s NHL Daily: Laine Trade Likely, Colorado Native To Get Paid

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With another lull in playoff hockey, some NHL trade news started to emerge. If it feels like it’s been a decade since Patrik Laine scored 44 goals, that’s because it almost has. Injuries have slowed him in Columbus, and this year, he entered the NHL/NHLPA Player Assistance Program, and as far as I know, he’s still in it. On Wednesday, a report came out that he’s looking for a fresh start, so a trade might be on the horizon.

Jaccob Slavin is a Colorado native and one of the best defensive defensemen in the game. His next contract will be an interesting one to keep an eye on. The 30 year old defenseman is entering the final year of his contract and it sounds like the Hurricanes will get an extension done with him this summer. How much do you pay a defenseman entering his 30’s who has never scored more than eight goals in a season? We’ll find out.

Colorado Hockey Now

Taking a look back at the last 10 years of first round picks for the Avalanche. Some they got very wrong, some they got very right, and with one, they selected a generational defenseman.

Are there any guys that you’d go to bat for if you were in charge at pick 24? I asked the Director of Scouting for Hockey Prospect who he would “pound the table” for if he ran things for the Avalanche at the NHL Draft. (+)

Wade Klippenstein has only been in charge of Colorado’s drafts since 2021, but they’re moving in a different direction. He won’t be at the draft table this year and the Avalanche will need a new Director of Amateur Scouting.

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News And Trade Chatter

The Athletic: It was a tough season for Patrik Laine. After a few seasons where he missed games but still produced at a point-per-game, he only suited up for 18 games. He’s still in the player assistance program, but it sounds like he’ll be on the move. At $8.7 million for two more seasons, that might be a tough move to make. Laine would look pretty good with Casey Mittelstadt, but that seems like a move the Avalanche simply wouldn’t be able to make with that cap hit. More on Laine plus other trade chatter.

Friedman: If Elliotte Friedman says a team is looking to get something done, that means it will likely be official soon. Jaccob Slavin can’t sign an extension until July 1, but it’s probably a done deal. Slavin currently makes $5.3 million and will get a raise, but how much would you pay him? He’ll be 31 when the extension kicks in and has only topped 40 points once in his career. Anything over $7 million and that Devon Toews contract will look pretty, pretty good.

ESPN: The Capitals officially announced they’re purchasing CapFriendly. It sounds like other NHL teams tried to do the same, but Washington is the team that closed the deal. Washington didn’t exactly hide their reasoning either – they didn’t want to build an internal system, so they bought one that’s already been built.

New Jersey Hockey Now: We’re all waiting on a Jakob Markstrom trade, and yet, maybe there won’t be one? As it turns out, the Calgary Flames might just hang onto their goaltender. Seeing as how they are stuck in the mushy middle of the West again, the wise move would be to trade Markstrom.

Florida Hockey Now: Even though they had no luck getting into Edmonton at a reasonable time, the Panthers did get some good news on Wednesday. Seeing as how he practiced with the team, it seems likely that Sasha Barkov will play in Game Three.

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