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NHL Rumors: Justin Schultz, Patrik Laine

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What will the Winnipeg Jets do with Patrik Laine?

Sportsnet: Contract talks between the Winnipeg Jets and Patrik Laine appear to have been nonexistent so far this offseason. We’re Laine’s comments to Chris Johnston an attempt to get talks going?

It’s not known if Laine’s camp has spoken with other teams this offseason. Laine’s comments suggest that he is “prepared, if not open” to playing somewhere other than Winnipeg.

Laine stated, “I’m not stressed. I’m not worrying about that at all,” said Laine. “I know that I’ve done my job as well as I can over these three years, so I know I’m going to play somewhere next year. So that’s something I’m not thinking about too much.

“Hopefully we get it done in the next couple months and be ready when the puck drops.”

What will the Pittsburgh Penguins do with Justin Schultz?

Trib Live: Justin Schultz is entering the final year of a three-year contract that pays him $5.5 million annually.

The Pittsburgh Penguins will be facing another cap crunch next summer, as goalie Matt Murray and forwards Alex Galchenyuk and Jared McCann, among others, will be in line for new deals.

Over the next few months, the Penguins will have to decide whether Schultz is part of their future or their past.

Jonathan Bumbulie believes that Schultz will be traded during the season. The Penguins will not have the cap space to re-sign him and GM Jim Rutherford will not want to lose him for nothing in the off-season.

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