Report: Patrik Laine Revealed Reason for Leaving Winnipeg – Rude Treatment in Locker Room

Pekka Jalonen of the Finnish publication Iltalehti (Evening News) revealed his belief why Patrik Laine wished to leave the Winnipeg Jets. It was because of issues with fellow stars on the team.

When Patrik Laine was drafted with the second overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, Winnipeg Jets fans were ecstatic. Almost immediately, the then 18-year-old became a fan favorite, as he scored 36 goals in his rookie season. He scored 44 goals in his second season and grew even more popular with the fans.

However, according to the report his relationships with two of the Jets’ other star players were partly to blame for his desire to leave Winnipeg. These players were the team captain and right winger, Blake Wheeler, and the team’s number one center, Mark Scheifele.

According to inside information that ltalehti staffers gathered, Wheeler felt his position as the team’s top right winger was threatened by Laine, whose original position was right wing. He was also not enthusiastic that Laine’s popularity could possibly rival that of Teemu Selanne, who had played with the previous incarnation of the Winnipeg Jets.

Meanwhile, Scheifele made it clear to everyone that he preferred to play with Wheeler than with Laine.

According to the report, outside the locker room, both Wheeler and Scheifele would make things difficult for Laine and talk behind his back. Coach Paul Maurice would not interfere and just let Wheeler and Scheifele lead the team the way they wanted.  Thus, the situation in Winnipeg was difficult for Laine.

After the trade took place on Saturday, January 23, Wheeler partially admitted that he had handled some things poorly with Laine. “Maybe I could have communicated a little better instead of being frustrated.” Wheeler, of course, didn’t detail what exactly happened behind the scenes.

Meanwhile, Scheifele remained silent. When the Jets faced the Ottawa Senators later that night, Scheifele, in a interview, did not mention either Laine or his departure from the team.

Jets’ Head Coach, Paul Maurice, however, admitted making mistakes with Laine. He stated he tried to create an environment for each player where they could feel they could be at their best. But in the case of Laine, Maurice admitted his failure and took full responsibility for it.

During the summer prior to the 2019-20 season, Laine had signed a two-year contract extension. At the end of the deal, he would be a restricted free agent. Laine was hoping he would leave Winnipeg at the end of that deal, if not sooner.

Now that he has been traded, the Blue Jackets are trying to work out a new contract extension with him. The Blue Jackets’ General Manager, Jarmo Kekalainen, has had a previous relationship with Laine from a Finnish World Championship team.

Jalonen, the reporter from Iltalehti, noticed how the Jets have lost so many players in recent years, including Evander Kane, Jacob Trouba, Dustin Byfuglien, Jack Roslovic and Patrik Laine, all of whom wanted out of Winnipeg. He pointed out that Byfuglien even ended his career in the middle of the contract period.  Hence, Jalonen wonders if “there is something rotten in the club led by GM Kevin Cheveldayoff and in the locker room led by Wheeler.”

The original interview with Iltalehti can be found here.  Laine also gave an emotional farewell to the Jets which is also covered by Iltalehti and covered here.

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By Diane Doyle

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37 Responses to Report: Patrik Laine Revealed Reason for Leaving Winnipeg – Rude Treatment in Locker Room

  1. Scottlew73 says:

    Every team has it’s “click’s” no matter what level of hockey,but what makes it worse @ NHL level is it’s usually longest serving & highest paid!(aka Ovie & Backie for example) if you ever have a coach or GM come in & say “we need either “culture or team first mentality ” it’s usually code for i’am getting ride of older guys that are problem in the room. + this happens in regular world to it’s just not as published… Ha ha

  2. Eric Lord says:

    Interestingly, there had been reports out of Winnipeg last season that Laine was the problem. They said he felt jealous of Wheeler playing with Scheiffle & thought that he should be on the top line. Maybe there’s a bit of truth in both stories.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Poor “millionaire ” baby

  4. Anonymous says:

    Pure garbage sensationalist hit piece. No quotes you’ll notice from the supposed source of all of this information

  5. brandygirl11 says:

    liane was jealous of Wheeler and Scheifele that is the true he want to be number 1 and wanted to play with either or Wheeler and Scheifele or both self ness I would say

  6. Anonymous says:

    I disagree, I think there is something to it. 4 notable players and a young guy with potential all wanted out. You don’t see that from successful contending teams, only crap ones or dysfunctional ones.

    • Jason says:

      Look at why those players left or wanted out. Trouba went somewhere that was good for his fiancee’s career. Kane wanted to go somewhere that was good for his “brand” and we see how that has worked out for him. Buff is 35 and pretty much missed all of last season recovering from an injury and isn’t playing this year either. Roslovic couldn’t crack the lineup and wanted a change of scenery. Laine couldn’t unseat the top line wingers and wasn’t happy with his usage because of it.

  7. Anonymous says:

    The guy that wrote this article is a huge Laine fan boy. Kane pisses off every team he’s with, Byfuglin retired from injury, Trouba wanted to play in the US cause his wife is a doctor certified in America. Guy made up a story without real sources. And no, I’m not a Jets fan on a caps website, Pekka Jalonen wrote an article a year ago about how much Wheeler loved Laine’s attitude. He is a Finnish writer that wants every piece to paint Finnish players in the best light.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Sounds like they all need to grow up.a little

  9. Anonymous says:

    Shame on Wheeler. .Jets will fall back again .

    • Anonymous says:

      Really shame on wheeler, Laine is a baby and wanted to be on the top line. You know who out workednhom was Connor. Thankngod he’s gone.

  10. Anonymous says:

    I view the situation that. Laine only worked hard when he wanted to He seemed a little like mommies baby , poor Baby

  11. Anonymous says:

    Laine has huge talent that comes with a even bigger ego. Right from his draft year, he spoke out that he should have been the first overall pick in the draft over Mathews. Complained that he needs better players to play with, rather than speaking with his stick. He is an elite player that seems to have long scoring droughts, yet believes that he is a number one guy. He’s a very good player that needs a few more years to mature.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Well boo-fricking -hoo. We’ll see how you like the “rude treatment in the locker room” with Tortorella as your coach. Plus you were in a hockey town that loved you now you’re in a place that hardly knows what hockey is. Good luck.

  13. Anonymous says:

    The Finnish reporter’s take isn’t really worth transmitting further. To suggest that Wheeler would somehow have an issue with Laine becoming more popular than Selanne… Wheeler wasn’t around during Jets 1.0 and I can’t imagine him feeling Selanne had a legacy being threatened and that Wheeler would take that personally . A shit take.

    Also, the Jets wanted Kane out more than Kane wanted out. Trouba’s spouse wanted to study medicine in an American city, that’s why he left. Buff just didn’t have the drive to play anymore, nothing to do with the team or city. Roslovic wanted out because he was a;ways going to have troubles getting more than 3-4 line minutes in Winnipeg and the coach acknowledged this.

    There probably were dressing room issues with Laine but this article is mostly repeating the “beliefs” of somebody who seems to be given an audience because he is from Finland and not because his views are at all informed or considered.

    Bit of a rant sorry but just an annoying piece.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Laine will be filling the net long after Wheeler is retired…

  15. Anonymous says:

    It’s not shear crap both Wheeler and Scheifele are d-bags!

  16. Anonymous says:

    Laine a top young goal scorer wanted to play 1st line minutes and get paid for being one of the top young snipers in the game. Both rather reasonable requests. Ehlers is his best friend, what’s better than playing with your best friend? That’s how bad Laine wanted out… Both Wheeler and Scheifele have bad local reps. I have no trouble believing any of this, makes total sense!

  17. Anonymous says:

    In the end Wheeler is just another selfish American, ala Buff, won’t win with Wheeler as your captain…

  18. Anonymous says:

    I always say where there’s smoke there’s fire… Not a stretch, totally believable!

  19. Anonymous says:

    Scheifele has been pouting about the deal he signed 6 months after he signed it, and on most accounts has had a bad attitude since. He’ll be gone when he’s up.

  20. Anonymous says:

    I love mr anonymous calling out Jets fans. Laine wanted to be the top right winger but didn’t do the work to deserve that opportunity. Instead, he got huge power play minutes and played with other top six forwards. Both Maurice and Wheeler commented that they could have handled the situation, taking responsibility for their actions. Professionals.
    Laine, disgruntled, instead had to blame the situation on others. He wasn’t happy, then it was his decision to ask to leave, maybe we, Winnipeg weren’t a good fit for him?
    Hopefully he enjoys Torts and Columbus.

  21. Elliot Howard Dick says:

    Wouldn’t this b called Bullying ! Wheeler & Schiefele how to b Professional’s . How would u feel it was ur child ! And how would u feel has a Parent ! Hockey Lives Matter !

  22. Anonymous says:

    That’s because Laine plays a lazy game

  23. Diane Doyle says:

    It is easy for someone, including Jalonen, the Finnish writer who had talked to Laine to wonder if there’s a problem with the atmosphere in the locker room since a lot of people left the team or wanted out. Although Byfuglien seemed to have left due to injury. Trouba, an American, left for his wife’s medical school but I know it’s not uncommon for many Americans who want to leave a Canadian team due to the exchange rate of the Canadian dollar vs the American dollar. (That includes two former Capitals who had started off with Canadian teams and then became Capitals; i.e. Rod Langway and Dave Christian.) But figure there might well be a problem in the locker room. Whatever the reason, management should still be concerned if there is too much turnover in general. Maybe Laine hasn’t handled the situation with the greatest maturity. (I don’t know enough about the character of Laine, Wheeler, or Schiefele to know who’s right and who’s wrong. There’s probably fault on both sides.) Maurice seems to be a more laissez faire coach so the player centered leadership has more power. (Confess to not being familiar enough with Jalonen,, the original Finnish writer, to know if he is a Laine fanboy or not.)

  24. Anonymous says:

    Cater to Wheeler over Laine is a bonehead play, Laine will be filling the net long after Wheeler is gone. He’s another spolled entitled American who sees the writing on the wall. Poor leader. Ran Lainre out of town. Epic fail on Jets part to retain a young budding superstar in favor of an aging vet on the hole 16 of his career. It’s well known in Wpg Wheeler’s not cared for in the room.

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