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Winnipeg Jets And Patrik Laine Agree To New Two Year Deal

Patrik Laine is back baby!

First reported by TSN’s Darren Dregerand then later confirmed by the team, the Winnipeg Jets and forward Patrik Laine have come to terms on a new two year contract worth $13.5 million. The deal has a $6.75 AAV and comes with just under a week left before the start of the regular season.

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As you’d expect with a two year deal, the yearly breakdown is pretty cut and dry.

That $7.5 million is the number it will take to qualify Laine who will remain a restricted free agent after the contract ends in 2021.

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It’s been a long strange trip with Laine’s negotiation. Everything from him possibly looking at signing an offer sheet to him stating that with a month left before camp he wasn’t even sure if negotiations had begun, to straight up calling out the Jets for not playing him with the best players on the team.

In summer of discontent for the Winnipeg Jets, the Laine saga has been the most contentious of them all.

Laine’s prowess with the puck has never been in any question. Last season he picked up 30 goals and 50 points in 82 games, though he did have an overly prolonged slum that followed a red-hot November where he scored 18 goals. Patrik has reached the 30-goal mark in each of his first three NHL seasons a for a total of 110 over 237 games with the Jets. 44 of those goals were scored on the power-play where his shot and ability with the man advantage have had many fans and media bring up Alex Ovechkin as a comparable.

Patrik Laine NHL Career Stats
Season Tm GP G A PTS PIM EV PP SH GW EV PP SH S S% TSA ATOI BLK HIT TK GV
2016-17 WPG 73 36 28 64 26 27 9 0 5 23 5 0 204 17.6 360 17:55 33 80 43 55
2017-18 WPG 82 44 26 70 24 24 20 0 8 15 11 0 241 18.3 466 16:29 43 74 29 51
2018-19 WPG 82 30 20 50 42 15 15 0 3 12 8 0 245 12.2 470 17:14 44 70 28 48
Career 3 yrs 237 110 74 184 92 66 44 0 16 50 24 0 690 15.9 1296 17:11 120 224 100 154

This is obviously great news for the Jets who have now taken care of one of the two big name restricted free agents that were unsigned going into training camp. Only forward Kyle Connor remains.

We’ll have more on the signing and the impact his return will have on the Jets in the days to come.

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