Forward Patrick Laine signed a 2-year deal worth $6.75 million per season with the Winnipeg Jets. Laine was a restricted free agent all summer and there was some concerns that he was not going to be signed by opening night.
Patrik Laine should now be ready when the season starts next week. Winnipeg’s first game will be on Thursday October 3 on the road against the New York Rangers. The Winnipeg Jets will have their first home game against the Minnesota Wild on Thursday October 10.
Laine was the first overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft. He is 21 years old. Patrik Laine played in 82 games last season and he scored 30 goals and recorded 20 assists. His plus/minus was -24.
In six postseason games last season, Laine scored three goals and recorded one assist. His plus/minus was 2.
He is one of the reasons why Winnipeg has made it to the playoffs the last two season. They have yet to win a Stanley Cup Title in franchise history. The Jets lost to the St. Louis Blues in the first-round in six games last season. Winnipeg lost to the Vegas Golden Knights in five games in the Western Conference Finals the previous season.
Patrick Laine has scored eight goals and recorded eight assists, in 23 career postseason games. His plus/minus is 4. In 237 career NHL games, he has scored 110 goals and recorded 74 assists. His plus/minus was -9.
The Winnipeg Jets now need to sign forward Kyle Conner to a contract extension. He is another key component to this team.
The contract for Laine was a good deal for both sides. Patrick Laine gets the money he deserves in a short amount of time and even with Winnipeg dealing with cap issues right now, they get one of their star players locked up for the next couple of seasons.
There were rumors floating around that he could have been traded in the offseason. The New York Islanders, the Carolina Hurricanes, and the New Jersey Devils were some of the teams that were interested in trading for him.
This contract either sets up Patrik Laine to be paid bigger bucks in two offseasons or if the Winnipeg Jets have issues moving forward, they could maybe potentially trade him to another team. Time will only tell.