Will Patrik Laine really be playing somewhere other than Winnipeg next season? Listen to his comments and you be the judge.
Laine also said during the interview that he does not expect to have a contract before training camp and that he and the Jets have not begun negotiating a contract. Obviously things can change between now and then, but this doesn’t sound like things are headed in the right direction. The Jets also need to find a way to sign Kyle Connor, although it sounds like Connor might be the priority over Laine at the moment. If that’s the case, a key reason might be second-half production (see below).
Connor: 41 GP, 20 G, 17 A, 37 PTS
Laine: 41 GP, 6 G, 12 A, 18 PTS
If you’re one of those that has a way-too-early draft soon, you might already be moving Laine down your rankings, given his deep slumps last season (no goals between January 15 and February 20, one goal after March 1) and now this news.
Here’s Laine’s crazy shooting percentage deviation, if you remember that 18 of his 30 goals in 2018-19 were in November.
October and November: 21 G in 24 GP, 21.4 SH%
After that: 9 G in 58 GP, 6.1 SH%
What will Laine’s shooting percentage, and for that matter, goal total be in 2019-20? Your guess is as good as mine.
This might fall into the category of sliding the news in right before the weekend when not as many are paying attention in order to reduce the backlash. According to Elliotte Friedman, the Canucks have extended GM Jim Benning’s contract.