Blue Jackets Scratch Top Player Sparking Trade Speculation
BY DAWSON MCKENZIE NOVEMBER 19, 2023 (4:58 PM)
Columbus Blue Jackets Scratch Laine Ahead of Game Against Flyers
The Columbus Blue Jackets are set to play the Philadelphia Flyers this afternoon. Unfortunately for Blue Jackets fans, their star player Patrik Laine will not be playing. This adds to the terrible narrative following the Blue Jackets this season as a team in the bottom of the standings.
Columbus Head Coach Pascal Vincent had the following to say about the scratch.
Laine has had a tough go this year, having only scored 3 points in 9 games, and suffering an injury that kept him out of the lineup for a few games this year.
Scratch Sparks Speculation on If The Blue Jackets Are Looking at a Trade
Laine's reaction to the scratch and the scratch in general is raising eyebrows among NHL fans about Columbus' intentions. They could cash in on a struggling Laine and throw in the towel early this year, looking long term at rebuilding with their newly acquired assets.
The Blue Jackets have had it tough since the start of the year, running into a controversy before the season even started that saw the removal of their head coach. Now, it looks like things are even worse.
As seen on - Blade of Steel "Columbus Blue Jackets Make one of the Team's Top Stars a Healthy Scratch"