He had a disappointing 2002-03 campaign and the beginning of this season has been even more disappointing. He was expected to finally have a breaktrough season, but so far he's been his usual self: trying, trying, doing everything and more, but not getting the results.
He's stuck in the third line which has a lot of potential (Jussi Pesonen on the RW and SM-liiga rookie, Red Wings' prospect Valtteri Filppula centering the line), but so far the results haven't been too impressive.
Translation of the Jatkoaika.com profile:
Spinning, bustling, hustling. Laine keeps moving all the time and is always one of the most active players on ice. However, he too is afflicted with the somervuori-syndrome: sometimes he doesn't seem to be able to score at all. A big-time fan favorite; the fans were deeply worried about his future with the club already last spring.