May 31, 2019 | 10:09am ET
JETS, LAINE TO DISCUSS NEW CONTRACT
Patrik Laine, left wing
The Winnipeg Jets are expected to speak with Patrik Laine’s representatives in early-June and begin formal contract negotiations, multiple sources have told TFP.
Laine, 21, is scheduled to become a restricted free agent July 1 and while the two sides have had a fairly open dialogue, talks are expected to enter a serious state in the coming days.
It’s unclear what type of contract Laine is specifically looking for, but his next salary could come in around the $9 million to $10 million range.
Despite scoring 30 goals this season, his lowest total in his first three-years in the NHL, Laine struggled to perform at an elite level for most of the season. That, however, does not appear to be a concern from his camp’s side as they look to secure their client a significant contract.
Laine’s next deal could also come in around four-to-five years, as opposed to a max eight-year term.
The Jets currently have around $25.3 million in available salary cap space, according to CapFriendly.com, and also have defenceman Jacob Trouba and left wing Kyle Connor to get locked up, among others.
Trouba, as it has been reported, is likely to be traded this summer, possibly around the NHL Draft. He currently sits at No.1 on the TFP Off-Season Trade Watch List.
In 82 games with the Jets this season, Laine registered 30 goals and 20 assists for 50 points and came in at a minus-24 rating.