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27 Jan 2021 13:02:45
Johnny Gaudreau and Jacob Markstrom have been carrying the Flames every game.

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27 Jan 2021 13:01:31
Small Rant (Flames) Another year of disappointment

1. Ward needs to go, he is not Head Coach material (solid assistant but not head coach)

2. Ward plays Lucic way too much

3. Joakim Nordstrom is god awful

4. Treliving needs to acquire some pieces NOW instead of adding little by little each season, it’s like he thinks our team doesn’t age or something ! I know champions/contenders aren’t made overnight but the way it’s looking, we look like non-playoff team/first round exit

5. Treliving needs to push for a Top 6 F (preferably a RW)

Nordstrom > OUT
Leivo > OUT

Gaudreau - Lindholm - Tkachuk
Monahan - Backlund - ?
Mangiapane - Dube - Simon
Lucic - Ryan - Bennett

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27 Jan 2021 12:53:41
Man the Jets are doing so good. Just imagine once PLD enters the lineup. Everybody knows how bad their defence core is but it isn’t actually looking to bad? Maybe the coaching style? Imagine if they had legit Top 4 defensemen on pair 1 with Morrissey and pair 2 with Pionk :o

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27 Jan 2021 15:38:16
The Jets need to platoon Heinola, Stanley and Samberg to get them as much experience as possible as they are the future of the Jets defense. I can see these 3 playing with Morrissey, Pionk, DeMelo and Poolman which would give the Jets a young and potentially very talented defense. This depends if Maurice would give the 3 young guys a chance to be in the lineup, make rookie mistakes and learn how to play at the NHL level.

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25 Jan 2021 15:09:21
[ Source Finnish Publication lltalehti and Puckempire on IG ]

It was believed that Patrik Laine wanted out of Winnipeg due to mistreatment from Blake Wheeler, Mark Schiefele and Paul Maurice.

“Inside Sources”, claim that Patrik Laine was mistreated by forwards Mark Schiefele and Blake Wheeler, and that Paul Maurice was “too weak to defy them”.
“Wheeler felt his position on the right side of the no.1 chain was threatened because Laine was originally a right winger. Wheeler was also not enthusiastic that a young man from Finland would become almost as popular in Winnipeg as Teemu Selanne. Outside the rink, Wheeler and Schiefele threw sand at Laine’s skates in almost every possible way. Wheeler in particular was a master at speaking behind the backs of a Finnish young man for things he certainly did not want in.”

Thoughts ? Not a good look for Wheeler at all

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25 Jan 2021 18:49:26
If this is true its time the Jets get a new coach.

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24 Jan 2021 14:22:49
A day later and I'm still shocked about the trade between Laine and Dubois.
Personally I think Jets should've fired Maurice hired Gallant instead of trading Laine.
It was fun throwing Laine trade proposals, not really thinking it would happen like this.
I honestly thought the Jets would have traded for a top D.
Laine for Hamilton just an example.
Dubois does complete the forward position more than Laine, but D in IMO is more of need.
Honestly thought the Habs would've traded for Dubois. Not that Habs need him tho.

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24 Jan 2021 16:07:45
I think the Jets would have traded for a young RH defenseman if one was available, but a young 2C was also a need. Hamilton wouldn't have been an option, unless he was ready and willing to sign a long term, reasonable dollar extension, which is very unlikely. Even then, I think the Jets would have preferred a younger player.

I believe it came down to Dubois becoming available. The kind of players that are an acceptable return for Winnipeg in exchange for Laine are rarely available. So, when one becomes available, you have to make a decision and move quickly. The Jets could have waited and hoped a suitable defenseman became available, but would have then lost the chance at Dubois and could have ended up with no suitable players available.

Had Dubois not become available, Laine would have remained a Jet this season and trade options would have been explored again in the summer.

Who knows in the coming weeks we may hear some of the background issues around both players that contributed to the deal being done now.

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25 Jan 2021 14:08:05
Where have you been dude there is tons of background information on why both players were traded.

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25 Jan 2021 18:55:01
My hope is that now that the Jets are very strong up the middle Maurice plays Stanley, Heinola and Samberg to see how they can improve the Jets defense. The have to be better than Forbort, Beaulieu and even DeMelo.

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24 Jan 2021 07:10:04
You think the laine trade is going to make the domI/Anderson trade look better for Columbus now. I do.I bet max is lickin his chops at the chance of having laine on his line.

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24 Jan 2021 08:24:28
I think it will help, Domi is a superb passer, and has never had a sniper like Laine to dish the puck to. however, after seeing Anderson play this small sample size this season ( I've never really followed him before), I'm extremely happy about the trade for Montreal, as he is the power forward the Habs haven't had in forever.
However., Laine and Domi could cause Torts to lose it. both players seem to like to take shifts off, or even games off it seems. this won't fly with Torts.

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24 Jan 2021 12:46:43
Torts is going to have no choice but to bite his tongue when it comes to laine especially. He can’t afford to get off on the wrong foot with him. jarko is either going to want to keep laine happy to make negotiations easier or to get full value back if he has to trade him again. it might mean torts job if things go sour. I’m not sure it will though the laziness/ hard to deal with on laine part is mostly over blown. I’m not sure if he ever had a shift as bad as the one Dubois was benched for the other night. if he did it was mostly because he was playing hurt. I liked the Anderson trade from the start I saw him play a lot and the first thing you always noticed was his speed. a guy that big and that fast would be welcome on any team. I liked domI too but let’s not kid ourselves 45 points from Anderson is as good as 65 points from domI when you factor in everything else.

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23 Jan 2021 23:52:45
So, what are the delusional Jets fans here saying about the Laine trade. Thought he was never getting traded or was worth a cr@p ton more.

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23 Jan 2021 15:46:36
Kyle Connor - Mark Schiefele - Blake Wheeler

Nikolaj Ehlers - Pierre-Luc Dubois - Mathieu Perreault

Jansen Harkins - Paul Stastny - Andrew Copp

Trevor Lewis - Adam Lowry - Mason Appleton

Josh Morrissey - Dylan Demelo

Nathan Beaulieu - Neal Pionk

Derek Forbort - Tucker Poolman

Gustav Nyquist - Max Domi - Cam Atkinson

Patrik Laine - Alexandre Texier - Oliver Bjorkstrand

Boone Jenner - Jack Roslovic - Nick Foligno

Mikhail Grigorenko - Mikko Koivu - Kevin Stenlund

Zach Werenski - Seth Jones

Vladislav Gavrikov - David Savard

Michael Del Zotto - Dean Kukan

I think both teams look solid af

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23 Jan 2021 17:40:22
I actually like the lineup and this should make it better for the Jets to ease Perfetti into the lineup in the future. Since now he can come in as a winger instead of being thrown in as a center.

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23 Jan 2021 18:05:03
Columbus' center depth looks a bit weak though and I don't think they'll be playing Laine on the second line.

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23 Jan 2021 18:15:39
I really like the Jets lineup and yeah Perfetti as a winger would be perfect. And he’d have a really good centermen. I think Laine will be LW on Columbus’ top line. I just did a rough lineup for them cause I don’t know what their lines usually look like. Probably going to see
Laine - Domi - Atkinson
Nyquist - Texier - Bjorkstrand

Or something

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23 Jan 2021 18:36:58
I got ya. I wonder if they will play Laine on the left side. He always said he preferred left side, I just don't know what Tortorella would do.

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23 Jan 2021 22:14:44
I would prefer that Vesalainen or Perfetti play on the second line instead of Perreault.

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24 Jan 2021 00:05:02
Domi and Laine could be a good duo.
( may cause Torts a stroke) . can't wait for some of his future press conferences lol.

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24 Jan 2021 04:11:50
Sosa, most of the Laine stuff like that is made up by posters that have never watched Laine play. Laine plays his butt off every shift, I don't see that causing any problems with Tortorella.

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24 Jan 2021 08:33:31
I've watched Laine play Marcus. one game he looks amazing, and can be a threat to score every time he touches the puck, and back checks. then some games and moments, he looks like he wants to be anywhere but on the ice. I hope all the best for Laine, and I think he has developed into a better 2 way guy each season, he just needs to be more consistent. IMO he has the tools to be a top 5 winger in the game. maybe even the best one.

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24 Jan 2021 16:18:04
Sosa, every single player in the game has shifts where they don't look engaged, so I don't read too much into that. Laine's best traits are that he wants to be the best player on the ice and hates to lose. I've seen Laine try and make mistakes defensively, but rarely do you see him on the ice and not trying, which is a big difference.

But, he's not a Jet anymore, so I guess I should stop defending him and let people hate on him if they want. Not that you are doing that Sosa. :)

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