Patrik Laine, Kyle Connor, Jets to feel more pressure regarding contracts, coach says

Patrik Laine, Kyle Connor and the Winnipeg Jets figure to soon feel a heightened sense of urgency with each restricted free agent forward unsigned and the season approaching, coach Paul Maurice said.

"The pressure on both sides kind of comes at the same time, that the closer you get to the season, the more pressure comes on the team and the player to get a contract signed," coach Paul Maurice told in a recent interview. "We'll see that mount and we're hopeful (they'll be signed) by the time the puck drops. You want everybody at camp, absolutely, but you really hope everybody's done by the time the season starts."

Winnipeg begins training camp Sept. 13 and opens its regular season at the New York Rangers on Oct. 3.

Laine had 50 points (30 goals, 20 assists) in 82 games last season, the fewest goals, assists and points in his three NHL seasons. But his 110 goals since 2016-17 are the sixth-most in the League; the 21-year-old trails Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals (133), Nikita Kucherov of the Tampa Bay Lightning (120), Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers (112), John Tavares of the Toronto Maple Leafs (112) and Auston Matthews of the Maple Leafs (111).

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