29 is a unique number in the world of mathematics. It is the tenth prime number, which is the sum of three consecutive squares, and the smallest positive integer that cannot be formed from the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, using each of them exactly once and using only addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
Well, that’s fun, but if you think about it, it starts to feel. There is a singularity in the number, one befitting one of the NHL’s most memorable players on Patrik Laine.
Simply put, there aren’t many players in the league who can make the hardest thing in hockey — scoring goals — seem so easy. He’s filled the net as Steph Curry at times this season, including 22 games in which he spanned 19 times.
That’s why he’s one of the hottest players in the game, and that’s why Blue Jackets fans have made #PayLaine one of the summer’s trending topics. Which is why Columbus did just that, signing the Restricted Free Agent to Four years, $34.8 million extension Announced Friday afternoon.
The season of hassle with Blue Jackets isn’t over – there’s a tough job of getting the maximum paycheck – but the key pieces are there now. there Zach Ferensky, All-star player who signed for six seasons. there Johnny Goudreuthe free agent who changed the franchise whose seven-year contract gave Columbus one of the best playmakers in the game of hockey.
Now Laine is locked up for another four years, and it’s not hard to imagine how much the Finnish sniper would lick his chops to play someone like Gaudreau, who has built a reputation as one of the best passers in the league.
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Even without Gaudreau, Laine had a rebound season a year ago, going from admitting at the end of the 2021 campaign that he should have done better to prove it on the ice with the first season of points per game (26-30 -56 in 56 games) of his career, Not to mention seven goals in the win and three in overtime. He did it all while battling adversity, including a pair of injuries that cost him big time as well as the death of his father, Harry, who was close to him.
More so, he went from a player who looked like he was trying to make his way through a disappointing 2021 post-trade season to someone who embraced what it means to be in Columbus. Clearly on the ice, where he immediately began scoring the big goals, and off, his signature fashion sense and interaction with fans and teammates showed off his unique personality.
The Blue Jackets learned a lot about Laine last season, and as the year has gone by, it’s clear that there’s a mutual affinity between the two. Laine left the season talking about how much he wanted to stay in Columbus, and Blue Jackets talked about how much she wanted to keep him.
“We have a great group of guys, I’ve been very close to,” Lynn said on the day of checkout. “And I’m excited about the youth we have and the opportunities we’ll have in a couple of years. I definitely want to be a part of it and play here, and play in front of these amazing fans. I love the city. I love everything about being here. It’s that simple.”
In the end, it turned out to be that simple. Patrick Lin The Blue Jacket will remain for years to come, and one of the biggest seasons in the team’s history continues to move forward.