Laine calls out fans for starting rumors about his 'mental health' leave of absence
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Laine calls out fans for starting rumors about his 'mental health' leave of absence

Some insight into the star forward's indefinite leave.



Last month Columbus Blue Jackets forward Patrik Laine announced that he was taking a leave of absence from the team and returning to his native Finland, citing personal reasons and the need to improve his mental health.

Laine's father passed away two years and, by all accounts, the two were very close. Laine has previously said that his father was his mentor in hockey and in life and that the two spoke to each other every single day. It's been posited by fans that maybe Laine didn't take the time he needed back in 2021 when his father died and that he's been trying to power through the past few seasons. You can imagine how difficult it must be for a young man with so much pressure on his shoulders to lose his father and mentor. Personally, I think it's commendable that Laine has decided to take the necessary time to grieve his father's death and to come to terms with his new life moving forward.

While there's nothing officially on the record concerning Laine and his reasons for stepping away from the team, there's some belief out there that he has been struggling with suicidal thoughts. Obviously, this is no small matter and I encourage any of our readers out there to seek help if they ever feel similarly. 

Some hockey fans though feel it's perfectly fine to joke about suicide and to personally call out players like Laine. I feel like those fans are absolute clowns though and they deserve to have a mirror held up to their behavior so they can see just how stupid they truly are.

Thankfully, that's exactly what has happened to 'Zach' from the BNB Roundtable podcast.

Near as I can the BNB Roundtable podcast is a group of Blue Jackets fans who get together to gripe about the team. While discussing the team, Zach made a reference to Laine's mental health leave of absence and insinuated that Laine attempted suicide by 'Remington Retirement'.

Here's the clip:

A 'Remington' of course, is a famous brand of razor blades... I'll let you sort out the rest

Thankfully, Laine himself responded to these disgusting comments himself and personally put these guys on blast.

Laine's reply:

We've got your back, Patty. Get well soon, brother.

There are, of course, fans though who will call Laine 'soft' and question his commitment to his team by leaving mid-season to work on his personal problems. Personally, I think those fans are out to lunch and need a reality check of their own. What I think does need to be addressed though is the fact that this isn't the first time we've heard of a Blue Jackets player needing to step away from the team, whatever their reasons may be. Goalie Elvis Merzlikins has reportedly requested a trade this season and there's been a laundry list of players who have begged out of the city in recent years. Pierre-Luc Dubois, the man Laine was traded for, infamously demanded a trade a few years back and superstars Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky both split town the moment they could, despite the team having a strong roster.

All of this is to say... 'what gives?'

What's the deal with Columbus? Why does seemingly no one want to play for this team?

NHL insider Frank Seravalli reported yesterday that some of the Blue Jackets players simply don't want to play for GM Jarmo Kekkalainen and head coach Pascal Vincent.

From Seravalli's most recent Daily Faceoff podcast:

“It’s not that people don’t want to play in Columbus, it’s that players don’t want to play in Columbus with this management group and with this coaching staff.”

- Frank Seravalli

That's pretty damning, in my opinion.

But really... can you blame these players?

There's been so much instability with this team during Kekalainen's entire reign as GM going back to 2013. He's made some good moves, some terrible moves and, frankly, some perplexing moves. Is this team really any better off now than they were back in 2013? It's time to clean house and give this team a fresh start. Until then, I can't see any players getting excited at the prospect of suiting up for the Blue Jackets.

Source: Patrik Laine