Patrik Laine is in the final season of his entry-level contract, and it doesn’t sound like there’s any rush on the part of the young sniper to put pen to paper on an extension with the Winnipeg Jets.
Pierre LeBrun provided his latest update on the situation during Tuesday’s edition of TSN’s Insider Trading.
“Neither Laine nor the Jets want to make this a big story during during the year,” noted LeBrun. “But the fact is he has not signed an extension, and I think part of that is that the Laine camp, his advisors, believe that there is no hurry, that this is a big year for him and his team. They want the focus to be on the Jets trying to win a Cup, on this being a special year on the ice, and the off the ice part can wait.
“That doesn’t stop Winnipeg from making an offer and maybe this getting done during the year - the Laine camp has not cut off communication at all. Everything is healthy. But there is no hurry from his perspective.”
Laine has a goal in his first two starts of the 2018-19 campaign, and had 36 and 44-goal seasons to begin his career.
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