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Consistency the focus for Laine

Laine: "I've always trusted myself and this is no exception."

by Jamie Thomas @JamieThomasTV / Winnipeg Jets

WINNIPEG - From hearing about his new contract, to getting on a plane, doing his physical testing and then meeting the media, it's been a quick turnaround for Patrik Laine who arrived in Winnipeg on Sunday.

"I was actually at the airport in Bern when my agent called about the contract so I was already going home," said Laine describing what his weekend was like.

"Just go home, pack my stuff and head back to the airport. It was a long day and last night when I landed it took me 22 hours to get here so it was kind of a long day. Now I'm here and I'm all excited and yeah, good to be back."

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The Finnish forward signed a two-year-deal worth 13.5 million dollars with an average annual salary of 6.75 million that to him works for both sides.

"Obviously there was a lot of things we had to figure out with the team, term, AAV and finally got the two years with the 6.75," said Laine.

"I think it was a good fit and good deal for me as well as for the team."

While Laine has missed all of training camp, there shouldn't be any concerns about him being in game shape when the season begins. He said he started skating earlier in the summer than usual and on top of that spent some time with SC Bern of the Swiss Elite League.

"I had a great two weeks. Great team had a lot of fun. Great country. Skated every day, you know the facilities were great," said Laine.

"I know all the coaches over there, it was easy to go over there. Had a lot of fun and obviously having (fellow Finn and Avalanche forward Mikko) Rantanen there it was great for me and him as well. It was good to be there."

Laine has scored 110 goals over the first three years of his NHL career, putting him behind only Alex Ovechkin, Nikita Kucherov, Connor McDavid, John Taveras and Auston Matthews. Confidence is something Laine has never been short of and that shows with believing in himself taking a shorter second contract.

"I know I'll be good for the next two years; I know I'm going to score a lot of goals for sure. I've always trusted myself and this is no exception," said Laine.

"I'm going to be betting on myself these next two years. It was a good deal for both sides. It doesn't matter if it's a two year deal, eight year deal I still got to be better. I still have to score. So nothing's going to change."

After his torrid goal scoring binge last November, the 20-year-old had a significant drop off in that department over the final five months of the season. But he played what Paul Maurice called Laine's best game as a member of the Winnipeg Jets in Game 4 of the opening round series with the St. Louis Blues. To Laine, being a more consistent player will be his focus.

"Everybody knows it was a tough year for me and the team. That was not the way we wanted to end the season but I think for me the last two months, the last month and a half I was playing good hockey especially in the playoffs and that's something I got to keep doing from Thursday on," said Laine.

"That's something that I've been focusing on this summer. Obviously add consistency. Focus more on my five on five play and something I have to focus on when the season starts on Thursday and that's kind of it."

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