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    Patrik Laine Expresses Frustrations in Winnipeg, Wants to Play on Top Line

    Still unsigned and currently skating with SC Bern as contract talks with the Winnipeg Jets continue, RFA Patrik Laine indicated on Tuesday that there’s more to his current negotiations than just money and term.

    “In contract negotiations, one thing always is who you are playing with,” Laine told Iltalehti writer Pekka Jalonen in Finnish, as translated by Jalonen. “With the merits I have, somewhere else I’d have an opportunity to play with the best players. Everyone who understands hockey should know that.”

    Those merits Laine’s referencing have put him in the Jets’ top three in goal-scoring in each of his three years with the club. He led Winnipeg in goals (36) as a rookie in 2016-17 and again as a sophomore (44) in 2017-18. A 30-goal campaign in 2018-19 ranked him third behind Mark Scheifele and fellow RFA Kyle Connor, who excelled while skating alongside Scheifele and Blake Wheeler last season.

    “There’s top lines and then there’s our line,” Laine said. “I play whoever I’m told to play with.”
    https://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/...jets-top-line/

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    Wow, he should just come to camp and prove himself for a season, after which he'll have some leverage, or something like that.

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    2. The dynamic between the Jets and Laine is something. Agent Mike Liut went on Sportsnet 650 in Vancouver on Wednesday, indicating negotiations are not close. When Chris Johnston interviewed Laine last month in Finland, the winger said there had been almost no contract talk at all. Curious about that, I tried to find out as much as I could, and it appears the Jets used much of their dialogue making sure Laine was comfortable in the organization, understanding that he was valued there. They are fulfilling that promise. Captain Blake Wheeler has bent over backwards to make it very clear there will be changes, and they didn’t overreact after Laine’s overseas comments about not playing on the first line.

    People who know Laine say he’s not mean-spirited, but is blunt and, if asked a question, will give you an answer. (I’m sure the Jets would prefer he stop giving interviews.) In the aftermath of the Byfuglien news, there was plenty of debate about trading him for a defenceman, but that’s a hard deal to win. He’s going to figure it out at some point.

    As for the contract, Laine’s going to want to push the envelope for two or three years. In 2016, Nikita Kucherov signed for three years and $4.77-million AAV. This week, Brock Boeser got $5.875-million for the same term. What’s Laine thinking? Nothing under $6 million, for sure.
    https://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/...ripple-effect/
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    Laine's kind of a bitch for saying that, but, without knowing WPGs offer, I'm sure it's too low lol.

    He should be in line to surpass Draisaitl's number - 8.5 - even if it's a bridge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dunny View Post
    Wow, he should just come to camp and prove himself for a season, after which he'll have some leverage, or something like that.
    Come on bro, try harder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Long live the King View Post
    Come on bro, try harder.
    You're right, Deangelo was better than Laine in the last 40 games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dunny View Post
    You're right, Deangelo was better than Laine in the last 40 games.
    You’re right, DeAngelo for Laine, get it done Gorts, one disgruntled player for another
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    Can we trade Trouba for Laine ?


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    can we trade ADA for Laine? will throw in Namestnikov

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dunny View Post
    Wow, he should just come to camp and prove himself for a season, after which he'll have some leverage, or something like that.
    You really want to die on this hill for some reason...
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    lol, I haven't even begun yet

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dunny View Post
    lol, I haven't even begun yet
    I'm already exhausted.
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