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LAINE SAYS HE DOESN'T HAVE TO ''PROVE ANYTHING TO ANYONE'' THIS YEAR

SEP 23, 2021  (17H46)      COOPER GODIN
The 2020-21 season was a rough one for Patrik Laine. It started before the season even began when he reportedly requested a trade from the Winnipeg Jets. That became a reality on January 23rd when he was shipped to Columbus along with Jack Roslovic in exchange for Pierre-Luc Dubois.

His first season in Columbus was a rocky one to say the least. Laine found himself benched multiple times during the year by head coach John Tortorella. Thankfully for Laine, Tortorella is no longer the head coach of the Blue Jackets, after the organization decided to mutually part ways with him. In comes new head coach, Brad Larsen, who will more than likely give Laine all the opportunity in the world to become the player he was prior to his arrival in Ohio.

The Tampere, Finland native finished the season with 24 points (12 G, 12 A) all of which were career lows.

During his final media availability of the season, Laine told reporters that he was going to skip the 2021 IIHF World Hockey Championships "Because of this season, I can't stand even a game of hockey."

On Thursday, Laine met with the media ahead of the Blue Jackets' first on-ice skate of training camp and he was asked if there was anything he needed to prove due to his poor statistical showing last year.

Laine responded with, "Yeah, I don't think I need to prove anything anymore. I think I've already proved what I can do in this league. You know, scoring over 40, it's not an everyday think for a lot of guys in this league. So, I know I've done that already. So, I don't think I'm in that position anymore, where I need to prove anything to anybody. But I still want to be better. It doesn't matter if I scored 70 last year. I'd still want to be better. And I'm not really a numbers guy, like, I don't really set certain goals for the year, 'I want to score this many goals' or whatever. I just want to be a better player than I was last year and it's going to be easier this year, because I was pretty sh*t last year. But you know, just kind of try to build off last year and try to be better and have fun this year."

Laine and the Blue Jackets will open their pre-season schedule on Monday, September 27th when they travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Penguins.

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NHL STATS
SEASON
2021-2022GPGAPTS
CONNOR MCDAVID
56713
LEON DRAISAITL
54711
ALEXANDER OVECHKIN
55510
STEVEN STAMKOS
5459
KYLE CONNOR
5639
TYLER BERTUZZI
+3
5639
EVGENY KUZNETSOV
5459
ANZE KOPITAR
5639
JORDAN KYROU
4268
ANDREI SVECHNIKOV
4448
JESSE PULJUJARVI
5268
TIMO MEIER
+1
5358
LOGAN COUTURE
+1
5358
J.T. MILLER
6178
CONOR GARLAND
6358
BRAD MARCHAND
+2
4437
DAVID PERRON
4527
DREW DOUGHTY
4167
OLIVER BJORKSTRAND
5257
RYAN NUGENT-HOPKINS
5077
  COMPLETE STATS
NHL STATS
YESTERDAY
OCTOBER 24, 2021 G A PTS
LUCAS RAYMOND
3 1 4
ROMAN JOSI
1 3 4
TYLER BERTUZZI
1 2 3
MATT DUCHENE
- 3 3
DYLAN LARKIN
- 3 3
RYAN JOHANSEN
2 - 2
JOSH BAILEY
1 1 2
DEREK FORBORT
1 1 2
FILIP FORSBERG
1 1 2
BRAD MARCHAND
1 1 2
  COMPLETE RESULTS