Winnipeg Jets star Patrik Laine happy to sign bridge deal with club

Patrik Laine isn’t short on confidence.The two-year bridge deal Laine signed with the Winnipeg Jets last Friday gives him the opportunity to increase his value on his next contract.“I know that I will be good for the next two years,” said the Finnish sharp-shooter, whose US$13.5-million contract pays him $6 million this season and $7.5 million next season.Story continues below

“I’m going to score a lot of goals, that’s for sure. I’ve always trusted myself and this is no exception. I’m going to be betting on myself in these two years. It was still a good deal for both sides.”Laine and fellow forward Kyle Connor, who signed a seven-year contract with the club on Saturday, spoke to reporters Monday for the first time since inking their respective deals.READ MORE: Winnipeg Jets make two-year, $13.5 million pact with Patrik LaineLaine, 21, scored 36 goals as a rookie before adding 44 in 2017-18, but his total dipped to 30 last season, which was third on the team behind centre Mark Scheifele (38) and Connor (34).Laine’s plans to excel in the short term are just fine with Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff.“I can’t wait for him to do those kind of things, but that’s insert name here,” Cheveldayoff said. “That’s with every single player. The best problem I can ever have is a challenge to try and fit people into a cap.“When you’ve got good players, that’s awesome to have. We hope and certainly expect for him to continue on the great trajectory that he’s had.”WATCH: Raw Kevin Cheveldayoff Media Conference