There was news on Friday afternoon that Columbus had extended Patrik Laine for four years with an average annual value of $8.7M. That put the Blue Jackets in excess of $6M over the cap and while being over the cap is fine in the offseason, it's often better to take care of the trades necessary while teams still have some cap space of their own. Once rosters are set, it becomes a more difficult task.
With that in mind, Columbus has shipped winger Oliver Bjorkstrand to Seattle:
All things considered, not really a bad haul. We just saw Dylan Coghlan and Max Pacioretty moved for nothing and Philadelphia clearly couldn't move James van Riemsdyk's deal. Bjorkstrand just finished his best season in the NHL with 28 goals and 57 points. He turned 27 in April and has four years left on his contract at $5.5M a season.
Let's dig into what this means for both teams. Cap information from Cap Friendly, and data from both Frozen Tools and Natural Stat Trick.
What Seattle Gets
The first thing to note about Bjorkstrand is he has never averaged 18 minutes a game in a season. Also, he typically hasn't been a power-play producer; his 19 PPPs in 2021-22 isn't far off from the 24 he managed in his first 302 NHL games. His 250 minutes on the power play were over 100 more than his previous high of 142 back in 2017-18. In his first season as a top PP option he produced career highs. The relative lack of PPTOI has kep