dr martens boot Petan puts disappointment behind him
Patrik Laine isn planning a career change or preparing for life after hockey.
But the Winnipeg Jets sniper shared plenty of thoughts in an article for The Players Tribune, which came out on Tuesday morning and was titled is Good.
When speaking to reporters following the morning skate, Laine sounded surprised the article had been released and admitted he hadn read the final product yet.
a good question, said Laine, when asked how the project came together. did an interview one day and that pretty much it. That how much I know.
only time I do that (put pen to paper) is when I sign autographs. Nothing else. Jets faced the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday night in what was the fourth game of a 10 game homestand.
Laine also shows off his sense of humour and takes a few shots at his friend and teammate Nikolaj Ehlers for his lack of video gaming prowess.
don believe that, I would never do that to my friend, Laine said on Tuesday morning.
Ehlers refutes the claim, saying it Laine who might owe him a paycheque for all of the losses sustained in those video games.
don think so, said Laine. a liar and you guys know it. also mentioned the battle for the goal scoring lead between him and Laine (a battle Laine currently leads 24 to 20).
What would happen if Ehlers found a way to pull ahead and win the race?
would probably hear about that for the rest of my life, said Laine. it my job to make sure that never happens. That one of my jobs here, part of what I here to do. friendly banter between Laine and Ehlers is nothing new and the Finnish sniper has heaped ample praise on Wheeler throughout the course of the season.
is one of the top scorers in the league right now, said Laine. can see right now that he doing super well. He was really good last year also. Our team was not doing so well last year. But because the team is winning this year, everybody is focusing on what Blake is doing as a captain and what he doing right. He been super good this year and hopefully, he will continue doing that. thing Laine hasn revealed is why he been growing his beard throughout the course of this season and how long it might be sticking around until now.
the deal. I going to grow it until the last game of the season, said Laine. it not for a while. I just going to let it grow. I know (Andrew Copp) doesn like it.
doesn matter. I not here to look good. I here to play hockey. who’s back
Nic Petan admits that being sent to the minors in late October was a tough pill for him to swallow after spending a good chunk of the previous two seasons in the NHL.
But the skilled forward knew that feeling sorry for himself wasn going to help him get recalled any quicker, so he focused on rounding out his game instead.
not too sure, probably a few weeks, Petan said when asked how long it took him to get over the disappointment of the demotion. was tough at times (to stay patient while others were recalled). But it about staying positive and knowing the right time is the right time. Every time something happens (with the Jets), you get a message from someone. I obviously excited to get called up. Starting fresh, it helps. with reduced minutes is part of the adjustment in the return to the NHL.
probably one of the first things that you think about, said Petan. you try and play the same way. Don try and change your game at all. The minutes are going to change, but keep the same mindset. dominating in the AHL, Petan confidence is high as he gets this latest opportunity.
been a huge key and I on the right path right now, said Petan, who had a goal on a nifty redirection and made several slick passes in his return to the NHL.
Byfuglien joins 800 club
Tuesday game marked the 800th NHL game for Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien, an impressive milestone when you consider the pride of Roseau, Minn. was chosen by the Chicago Blackhawks in the eighth round (245th overall) of the 2003 NHL Draft.
much love he has for playing the game, said Jets head coach Paul Maurice, when asked about the most important thing he learned about Byfuglien while coaching him. at practice, he practices hard and he the loudest guy on the ice. He has fun. But the games are what it all about for him. He likes coming to the rink and in the (high) pressure situations, he not casual but he breathes. He relaxes out there. He can put a smile on his face in tie games late and he not tense. He excited about the atmosphere of that time of game. He got a real genuine love for playing and competing. chipped in a goal and an assist in the first period on Tuesday, giving him three goals and 23 points in 41 games this season and he racked up 168 goals and 472 points during his NHL career.
Still on track
A visit to the doctor on Monday afternoon didn provide any surprises for Jets centre Mark Scheifele.
Scheifele, who has missed the past 16 games with a suspected shoulder injury, is on schedule to return to the Jets lineup on Friday against the St. Louis Blues provided there are no setbacks.