BREAKING: The REAL Reason Patrik Laine Wanted Out Of Winnipeg

There have been a number of rumors circulating the true reason Patrik Laine wanted out of Winnipeg. Finnish publication "Italehti", citing "inside sources" claim that Laine was mistreated by some of his teammates and the bullying was nonstop. 

Patrik Laine was mistreated by forwards Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler and Paul Maurice was "too weak to defy them". 

The publication states that Wheeler felt his position on the right side of the top line was threatened because Laine was originally a right winger. Wheeler was also not enthusiastic about Laine's popularity in Winnipeg rivaling that of the "Finnish Flash", Teemu Selanne. 

Wheeler and Scheifele threw sand at Laine's skates in almost every possible way. Wheeler was also known to speak behind Laine's back and a leak to the public would have been extremely embarrassing. In an interview with Wheeler, he gives a lengthy response to his side of the story.

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