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Video- Reaction To Patrik Laine’s Comments

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Patrik Laine Isn't Happy With His Place on the Jets | Instant Analysis

0:35 - Patrik Laine's comments via Iltalehti
0:56 - Reaction to Laine's comments
2:03 - Should Laine be upset with how the team uses him?
4:02 - How does this affect Laine's contract negotiations?

With Winnipeg Jets RFA Patrik Laine yet to sign, the forward spoke out about his place on the team to Finnish media. Jets Insider Sean Reynolds spoke from Winnipeg to Danielle Michaud about the forward's comments.

Watch the video below...

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Down River Dan's avatar

If he was my client, I would suggest being careful with his statements.

That said, the kid has scored 30+ every season. It’s not Laine’s fault your Cap is tight.

I hear people say well, he’s a winger not a center. He’s 21 and scored 30+ every year. I would argue he’s worth as much as Mark Stone or Jakub Voracek, and he’s younger than both of two of the highest paid wingers in the league.

Posted by Down River Dan on 09/17/19 at 05:16 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

Every summer these players go home to Europe and seem to forget that news in Europe can be heard and read back in North America.

Posted by TreKronor on 09/17/19 at 05:32 PM ET

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Laine is still one-dimensional and rigid in his play. His technique gives him a good good torque in the first 60 minutes of the play but he is easily deciphered in 240-minutes-and-more marathons.

Posted by tutoka from Leelanau Peninsula on 09/17/19 at 09:53 PM ET

Primis's avatar

That said, the kid has scored 30+ every season. It’s not Laine’s fault your Cap is tight.

Posted by Down River Dan on 09/17/19 at 06:16 PM ET

Their cap ISN’T tight.

They are at just over $66m right now according to CapFriendly.  They still have nearly $15.5m under the cap.  They could probably sign both Laine and Connor just fine under Cap.

I’m not sure Winnipeg is a spend-to-the-cap team though, and that’s the real problem.  I’m pretty sure Winnipeg 2.0 is going to eventually end like 1.0 did.  It’s dumb to make expansion decisions like that while the CAD is unusually-strong against the USD, because when it reverts back it suddenly doesn’t look like a great situation.  Especially when your sad little arena only seats 15,300 then on top of it all.

Posted by Primis on 09/18/19 at 06:59 AM ET

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So you don’t want to be on the second line of your team? Well, you’ve got two options.

Option one is to demand a trade, because I’m sure there’s some bottom-feeding team that would be willing to part with the assets and money it would take to trade for you and then sign you. Boom! You’re on the first line of a shitty team. Yay?

Option two is to be better. You’re on the second line in Winnipeg because four forwards have more goals than you or more points than you or both. You scored 30 goals? Cool. Scheifele and Connor both had more goals than you, and Scheifele had almost as many assists as you had total points. And Blake Wheeler had nearly double your points total.

So make a decision, boyo.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 09/18/19 at 07:43 AM ET

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Their cap ISN’T tight.

They are at just over $66m right now according to CapFriendly.  They still have nearly $15.5m under the cap.  They could probably sign both Laine and Connor just fine under Cap.

They could squeeze them both in but then they would have a large percentage of their money invested in forwards and goaltending. The percentages get even worse if Buff decides to retire.

If they aren’t careful they will wind up with a lineup much like Toronto’s. A lot of talent up front but a defense that will have to be assembled off the scrap heap every year.

Laine might be one dimensional but Ovechkin was pretty one dimensional too.

Posted by evileye on 09/18/19 at 11:51 AM ET

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A lot of talent up front but a defense that will have to be assembled off the scrap heap every year.

You may have missed it, but Toronto’s D has Morgan Rielly, Jake Muzzin and Tyson Barrie in the top three.

Lots of teams would kill for a scrap heap like that.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 09/18/19 at 12:18 PM ET

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You may have missed it, but Toronto’s D has Morgan Rielly, Jake Muzzin and Tyson Barrie in the top three.

Lots of teams would kill for a scrap heap like that.

And only one of those 3 under contract beyond this season. If they are as good as you think it’ll cost more to retain them.

It’s not a terrible top 3 but I’m far from convinced it is Stanley Cup caliber.

Posted by evileye on 09/18/19 at 01:56 PM ET

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