Patrik Laine accepts 1-year offer from Columbus Blue Jackets

Not that long ago, Patrik Laine was one of the most feared snipers in the league. Now, he's trying to prove himself again. The No. 2 overall pick in 2016 accepted a one-year, $7.5 million qualifying offer from the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Laine was coming off a two-year, $13.5 million bridge contract he signed with the Jets in 2019 after the sides could get together on a long-term contract. That contrasts with Auston Matthews, who was taken No. 1 in the same draft, and has a five-year contract with a cap hit of $11.5 million.

Laine was hoping to redeem himself with the bridge deal.

But he had 12 goals last season in 46 games split between Winnipeg and Columbus. That's a far cry from the 44 he had as a 19-year-old in 2017-18. He had over 30 goals in each of his first three seasons.

Boone Jenner also reupped with the Jackets with a four-year, $15 million deal. He had 17 points last season and led the team in faceoff percentage.