What a bananas trade. I feel like CBJ made this trade from an asset standpoint and not necessarily because they think Laine will fit. Roslovic is a very underrated part of this deal, as I think he is a perfect fit for CBJ/Torts in the long term. Laine I think fits well for about 3 months and then looks to leave again, which CBJ can cash in again on.
PLD will do well in WPG, I could see his frustrations carrying over there however, WPG must have some knowledge that he will be happy back in Canada and wasn't necessarily needing a bigger stage.
4 years from now I think we look back and its obvious CBJ won this in a landslide, with Roslovic a staple in the CBJ lineup and tons of assets acquired from flipping Laine.
I wouldn’t be surprised if this is where this ends up.
Torts’ contract is up after this season, and he has hinted at retiring, and CBJ have apparently been hesitant to give him a raise; so, we’ll see how this pans out from there.
As for the style fit, who knows. Domi has already started to look better, and Bjorkstrand went from essentially playing just like Laine does now (one dimensional offensive player) when he was 20, to now being one of the best two-way forwards around. So, it’s a long shot, but with some but-in from Laine, this could work out.
Or, like you said, maybe it doesn’t and he’s flipped for a bucket of picks in two years. 🤷♂️