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Addressing the Laine trade talk...

Remember, Laine just turned 22 in April and already has four full NHL seasons under his belt. In short, he is a rare talent, someone who demonstrated a greater awareness of 200-foot hockey this past season and is likely poised to become more multi-dimensional as his career progresses. So, while it’s easy to understand Laine’s allure, there is a part of me that suggests the Jets better be wary here.

In February of 1996, midway through his fourth season in Winnipeg, another young Finnish goal-scoring star, Teemu Selanne, was traded by the Jets to the Anaheim Ducks for two highly regarded prospects – Oleg Tverdovsky and Chad Kilger.

-Eric Duhatschek of The Athletic were you can read more ($$$) on Laine and numerous other trade/UFA talk...

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Down River Dan's avatar

I don’t claim to understand the jets cap situation, but my goodness, to even contemplate trading a 22yr old absolute sniper seems crazy!!

I can’t believe you would ever get close to fair value in any deal??

Another casualty of the salary cap.

The Jets have barely been good long enough to compete, and now are forced to tear it all apart….. shut eye

Posted by Down River Dan on 09/25/20 at 04:37 PM ET


I remember I was pissed when the Jets traded Selanne because it broke up the Tkachuck-Zhamnov-Selanne line that had been tearing up the league. I got over it pretty quickly when I saw the magic he made with Paul Kariya.  Those two on a rush together was about as awesome as hockey gets.  They would often times end up on their off wings with Selanne carrying the puck down the left wing side and Kariya flying down the right wing. Once Kariya turned his hips and loaded his stick up for a one timer, you knew that if the pass got through it was a goal, and if the defender over played the pass Selanne had a good enough shot to over power a lot of the goal is of that era.

As for Laine getting traded, the only way they deal him is if they land an elite defender or center of similar age.  The way their roster stands currently, they have a hole at 2nd line center, with Bryan Little showing signs of decline before his concussion related issues, so even if he comes back, they want to upgrade that spot. And we know about the mass exodus of talent from their blue line over the last year and a half.  They are deep at wing, and Laine is going to ask for the moon on his next contract, but that just means they’ll consider it. They don’t have the cap room to make the sort of upgrade at center or defense they are looking to make through the free agent market, so they know that trading one of their good young wingers is probably the only way to accomplish it.  They could keep Laine and trade Ehlers or Connor instead.  But none of those players is going anywhere without a stud coming back the other way in the deal.

Posted by MikeO on 09/25/20 at 09:05 PM ET

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