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Jets Fans Vote to Keep Patrik Laine, Turn on Another Player

Despite a growing negative reputation in Winnipeg, Jets fans aren’t ready to give up on Patrik Laine.

It doesn’t take much to get a fan base to turn on you. And, one of the easiest ways to do so is be a high-profile player and ask for a trade. With that in mind, you’d think Jets fans might want to be the first in line to see the organization pop forward Patrik Laine on a plane and send him out of town for a decent return. After all, he’s said he doesn’t really want to be with the Jets any longer and many see him as a bit entitled.

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But, there’s something interesting going on with the Winnipeg Jets fan base. After Laine and his agent made it clear he’d prefer being moved somewhere else, a huge portion of Jets Nation is already ready to forgive him. Not only that, but they want to throw the guy more money.

Ted Wyman of the Winnipeg Sun reports that almost 80 percent of Jets fans surveyed believe Laine shouldn’t be traded. In fact, 75 percent of those fans want the Jets to re-sign the forward despite comments he’s unhappy with his role on the team.

Those fans have noted that they don’t want to Jets to get hosed in an extension or overpay for the winger, but they don’t want Laine to go, even if there’s a risk he remains unhappy not being a top-line winger on an offensively-loaded Jets team.

Wyman suggests it’s almost exclusively because of the talent Laine possesses. He’s so good at scoring, Jets fans are willing to overlook his desire to whine and complain, even to leave. Wyman writes:

The 22-year-old Finn is a special talent when it comes to goal-scoring and Jets fans clearly don’t want to see him shipped out of town, as beloved Finnish sniper Teemu Selanne was back in 1996.


Not As Much Love For Roslovic

On the other hand, 60% of participants in the survey suggested the Winnipeg Jets should ship 2015 first-round draft pick Jack Roslovic out of town. Roslovic is currently a restricted free agent and his numbers have been good for the Jets over the past 180 games in a bottom-six role. He too seems a bit unhappy with his role.

Buzz is that the Jets are shopping Roslovic and the hope is that they can turn him, plus other pieces into a left-side top-four defenceman. It seems fans are hoping the Jets are able to pull that deal off.

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