Trade speculation regarding Winnipeg Jets forward Patrik Laine does not seem to be going away.
When we last checked in with this situation we looked at how a potential trade could easily create more problems for the Jets than it solves. Sure, they might be able to get a couple of pieces back in return to help fix their depth at center and on defense. But they would also create a new hole — one that is far more difficult to fill — by trading away an elite goal-scorer that still has yet to hit his peak years in the NHL.
With the NHL draft completed and most of the prominent free agents signed, the remainder of the offseason is going to focus on potential trades. And of all the big-name players that could theoretically be had in a trade, Laine still seems to be the most likely to move given the situation unfolding between him and the team.