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Paul Maurice On Demoting Patrik Laine To The Fourth Line

from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun,

The coach moved Laine down to the fourth line after a rough first period saw the 18-year-old on the ice for two Minnesota goals, the second coming directly off a Laine giveway.

The move had Jets nation positively frothing at the mouth, and Maurice didn't mind having some fun with it.

“Pat's been sent down to the minors today,” Maurice began, his tongue firmly in his cheek. “He's been returned to the Moose.”

Putting on his serious face, Maurice pointed out Laine's average ice time remains near the top among NHL rookies.

“He played 13 minutes,” the coach said. “It's the same amount of time as the two guys who scored all four of their goals. He had a rougher night. That's going to happen. I also know what he's going to mean to this franchise.

“If I shaved three minutes off his game, I apologize to Manitoba.”


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HaHasek's avatar

This guy can’t be fired quick enough. It’s one thing to tank for a better draft position, but to get in rookies heads like this is just dumb.

Posted by HaHasek on 02/09/17 at 11:52 AM ET

ilovehomers's avatar

Fired? Because Laine had a stupid turnover and he was demoted?

Murray is looking more and more correct on this. Blahshill demotes Mantha/AA for poor effort. So does a veteran in Paul Maurice. I am sure it happens a lot of other places. Ghostbear has been a healthy scratch in 3+ games this year,

Posted by ilovehomers on 02/09/17 at 12:29 PM ET

HaHasek's avatar

More of a last straw. See recent games vs NYI, BUF, COL. Losing badly to some of the worst teams in the league magnifies other questionable decisions. It also means the Jets are a bad team and need to let younger guys play and develop on even terms.

The only way Murray is correct on this is through Ws.

Posted by HaHasek on 02/09/17 at 12:47 PM ET

ilovehomers's avatar

Wings also beat Pittsburgh and Montreal back to back so…...

Posted by ilovehomers on 02/09/17 at 01:40 PM ET

ilovehomers's avatar


The Wings played the Isles just last week and beat them, plus haven’t played Colorado this year (unless my eyes deceive me).


Posted by ilovehomers on 02/09/17 at 01:49 PM ET

HaHasek's avatar

No need to be rude. I’m talking about the Jets.

Posted by HaHasek on 02/09/17 at 01:54 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

This happens every day. Why is this even news? Ughhj

Posted by TreKronor on 02/09/17 at 05:28 PM ET

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