I don't think they go $8M. He's still a RFA not eligible for arbitration so the team has some leverage.
A good deal for both sides would be one that takes him to the year before UFA (I think he qualifies at 25). Maybe a three-year, $18M or so deal? Just spitballing. That gives both sides time to evaluate where the player is in terms of overall development before they either lock him up long term or deal him for assets.
The Jets have loaded their roster core for the next 3
He mixed the lines up last night, putting Laine on with Scheifele and Wheeler, Perrault up with Little and Ehlers. Seemed to work, since they made the comeback (Little tied it up as the 6th man with the goalie pulled). But I expect Maurice to go back to their regular current lines.
I was talking with a friend who is a real Jets fan (I'm a part time fan at best) and was suggesting that maybe Little was the problem with that line, that he's getting long in the tooth. He disagreed, sayi
Was it this shot you're talking about? 😉
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Mike Bossy was a fantastic player in his day. Not trying to pick a fight but I have a hard time believing they taught better shooting technique some 30 years ago. I sense some nostalgic feelings behind this... 😇
The Bossy comp might be fair. In fact you could make a case for the Jets being a lot like the Isles.
Laine/Bossy. Pretty close.
Scheifele/Trottier Trottier may be the most underrated superstar ever and Scheifele could develop into the same type of player.
Trouba/Potvin not a good comp but Trouba is damn good.
Morrisey/Persson Morrisey is developing into a fantastic player
Big Buff/McEwen Great comp- both are solid veteran complimentary pieces.
It's also just damned tough to play in the NHL at his age. His old junior linemate, in Edmonton, found himself pushed into the league too young because they almost religiously believe in throwing kids in the deep end of the pool to teach them how to swim. Laine found himself in the league because he has an elite shot and the Jets couldn't help themselves. Tough to blame them.
I think it's really tough to develop the way you should when you're not in a development league.