According to multiple unverified and unconfirmed reports online, Winnipeg Jets sniper Patrik Laine will skate alongside former Jets superstar and NHL Hall of Famer Teemu Selanne in an upcoming charity game for Finnish KHL team Jokerit Helsinki.
Check it out:
How sweet would it be to be in attendance for this game!? Imagine seeing Selanne set up Laine for a blistering one-timer. Imagine seeing Laine spring Selanne in for a breakaway. Jets fans… try to contain yourselves.
Laine, perhaps the best young Finnish player in the NHL since Selanne broke into the league back in 1993, has taken the league by storm since his rookie season in 2016-17. Last season Laine put up a remarkable 44 goals and 70 points in 82 games with the Jets and his 36 goals and 64 points in his rookie season is second only to Selanne’s totals from his historic rookie season. I mean, who can forget Selanne’s remarkable 76 goals and 132 points from the 1992-93 season? It’ll go down in history as the most dominant rookie season in NHL history.
It also gave us this incredible goal celebration:
What an absolute BEAUTY.
As for Laine, the 20 year old sniper is well on his way to continuing Selanne’s legacy in Winnipeg. However, there’s still the matter of his contract. Laine’s three year, entry level deal is set to expire next offseason, but the 2nd overall pick from the 2016 NHL Entry Draft doesn’t seem concerned with negotiations.
“It’s not something we need to hurry because I still have a contract,” [Laine said, per NHL.com. “But obviously that’s something I want to do at some point and they want to do. But there’s no rush.”
“… I really don’t care. There’s no rush, really. I can do it next summer or this summer. I don’t mind.”
Laine made it clear though that he wants to remain in Winnipeg for a long time.
“It’s always easier if it’s long term so you don’t have to think about doing a new contract for a while, and I’m happy where I’m at,” Laine said. “I want to stay there for sure. That’s something I want to do and hopefully they’re thinking the same way.”
Good news, Jets fans. Now… let’s put pen to paper Patrik.
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