Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen says an impasse in contract negotiations with restricted free agent sniper Patrik Laine won't stop the club from being active during the NHL draft next week.

A new contract for Laine is Columbus' primary piece of business this offseason, but the two sides aren't close to an agreement on a multi-year deal, according to The Athletic's Aaron Portzline.

"Like with anything, it takes its course," Kekalainen said. "If they want to agree, we can do it quickly. If they don't, it can take time. I don't think it's going to affect anything we do at the draft."