Winnipeg Jets News: Regular Season and Preseason Updates
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2/27/14: Most people, even true NHL fans, probably cannot name five, if any players on the Winnipeg Jets. That is not the fault of the players, bur that is what happens when one plays in Winnipeg. The Jets best and best known player is easily Evander Kane. He has struggled this season and is frustrated with his injuries. Kane has not played in the past month - due to both the Olympic break and a deep cut on Kane's hand. The Jets are sixth in the Central Division and still have a shot at the playofffs this season.
2/20/14: The Winnipeg Jets have four of their own over in Sochi, Russia for the Winter Olympics: forwards Michael Frolik (Czech Republic), Olli Jokinen (Finland), Blake Wheeler (USA) and goaltender Ondrej Pavelec (Czech Republic). The Czechs were a powerhouse in the past, but they also had the best goalie on the planet (at the time) in Dominik Hasek. They have not been able to replenish the stock of elite players they once had, of course that would be a tall order for anyone. Four Olympians is something to be proud of, and it is no wonder that the Jets have a shot at making the playoffs in the Western Conference.
2/13/14: The Jets may be building something in Winnipeg. It is very true in the NHL that most great teams struggle for a bit, draft well, develop talent, then make the leap to the elite (see the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks as great examples). The Jets are still finding their way, but it is very encouraging that young players like Mark Scheifele is playing like a seasoned veteran. Scheifele was the franchise's first round pick in 2011 and is impressing his teammates in his first full season in the NHL. He is also just 20 years old and has 34 points in his first 60 NHL games. If he continues to develop, he could be one of the best in the league in the next few years.
2/6/14: So this is pretty cool. A lot of teams, in all sports, give the player of the game something special. In football, it is the game ball. Usually in hockey, it is the game puck. The Jets are going a different route. They are giving their player of the game a fighter pilot helmet with the Jets logo on it. Forward Devin Setoguchi was the first to win the award last week after Winnipeg knocked off the Vancouver Canucks. It could be fun if more teams did something like this - imagine the Kings giving their POG a small kingdom, or San Jose giving theirs a live shark.
1/30/14: The NHL will stage the Heritage Classic next month, which will pit the Vancouver Canucks against the Ottawa Senators in an outdoor game. Both teams will wear throwback uniforms, with the Canucks honoring their predecessor, the Vancouver Millionaires (the last team from Vancouver to win a Stanley Cup - almost one hundred years ago). Word now comes that the Winnipeg Jets will get their own outdoor game next season, which may well be a Heritage Classic against another Canadian team such as Calgary or Montreal. The location has yet to be determined, but there are plenty of great venues available.
1/23/14: Winnipeg fired head coach Claude Noel a couple weeks ago as they languished in last place in the Central Division. He moved Dustin Byfuglien from defense to offense before he left, and new coach Paul Maurice is not moving Byfuglien back to defense. The logic is that Byfuglien can create offensive chances and space, and that he has the skills to play forward. While the move really cannot hurt, it is unusual position switch and not often found at the highest level of professional hockey. Incidentally, the Jets are only 10 points out of a playoff spot, and there is still a chance that they can catch fire.
1/16/14: Perhaps it was only a matter of time, but those who follow the NHL realized that Jets coach Claude Noel was on thin ice. The axe fell on Sunday when the Jets announced they replaced Noel with Paul Maurice as head coach. The Jets also fired assistant coach Perry Pearn. It looked like he had a chance to save his job when the Jets had a three game winning streak at the end of 2013, but started 2014 with five straight losses. And a few of those games were not even close, as they gave up six goals to both Pittsburgh and Columbus. The Jets may need to hit the reset button soon and purge some under-performing players from their roster before they can really improve.
1/9/14: The Jets are not an elite team in the NHL and, in fact, sit well out of a playoff spot and have lost their last three games. Now they are getting criticized from other teams. After the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Jets 6-5 on Sunday, a few Penguin players questioned the Jets' system. This was not an attack on the individual players - for whom they had praise. It was an indictment of the Jets' gameplan. Certainly Evander Kane is a top player, but with so many issues, the Jets may be forced to trade him for prospects and get a new coach before next season.
1/2/14: The NHL may be on the bottom rung of the four major professional sports leagues and could probably benefit from some big time rivalries. The Jets and Oilers may not be at the top of the marquee wish list, but it could have some impact in Canada. There is a budding rivalry between these two teams. Neither is particularly strong, but both have a lot of talent and could easily become playoff contenders in the next few years. At least the first gauntlet has been laid. Jets' goalie Ondrej Pavelec is upset at an elbow he received from Nail Yakupov last week in the Oilers 6-2 win. It should be fun to watch these teams match up again later in the season.
12/26/13: The Jets added some organizational depth in the most important place earlier this week by signing goalie Eric Comrie to an entry level contract. Comrie was selected 59th overall last June and has been playing with the Tri-City Americans of the WHL. One nice stat is that his play has actually improved since he was drafted and he has better numbers. His two older half-brothers (Mike Comrie and Paul Comrie) each played in the NHL several years ago. Mike even had 365 points in almost 600 career games. His younger brother is also on the Americans and may get drafted in the next couple of years.
12/19/13: While it is does not have the cache of Maple Leafs and Bruins, or the standing implications of Blackhawks and Blues, the Jets and Stars may be developing a bit of a rivalry. Two points separate the teams in the standings, and Dallas beat the Jets 6-4 last week. The big issue was Anthony Peluso of the Jets viciously hitting the Stars' Alex Goligoski from behind. Peloso was ejected from the game and has a hearing with the league coming up. Stars coach Lindy Ruff was livid about the hit - adding fuel to this growing fire.
12/12/13: The NHL installed the Winter Classic a few years ago to raise the profile of the league with a marquee matchup, played outdoors, in a historic or large venue. Past Winter Classics have seen the Pittsburgh Penguins, Chicago Blackhawks, and Washington Capitals in places like Wrigley Field and Yankee Stadium. The NHL has expanded the outdoor games so that there are six now. The most notable this season being the Ducks vs. Kings at Dodger Stadium. Winnipeg is getting in on the act and will get a Heritage Classic game in 2016. Good stuff for the Jets, though no opponent has been announced yet.
12/5/13: There may be some big trouble brewing in little Winnipeg. There is reportedly tension between the Jets' best player, Evander Kane, and the team. Kane is in the second year of a six year, $31.5 million contract, but his name is being thrown around in trade speculation. Kane has struggled this season and has not provided the offensive production as in past years. He has not asked for a trade yet, but labor tension is always delicate and that could mean the 22 year old will have a new home by the trade deadline, if not sooner.
11/28/13: Tough news this week for the Winnipeg Jets as they placed Zach Bogosian on the injured reserved and recalled Zach Redmon to take his place on the roster. Bogosian has a groin strain is 'week-to-week' according to coach Claude Noel. Bogosian is one of the Jets top four defenseman and has one goal and three assists in 21 games. He may not score much, but he is a workhorse, pulling in almost 23 minutes per night. Winnipeg is looking up at the rest of the Central Division, and certainly needs everyone healthy to turn the season around.
11/21/13: As has been mentioned before, the Jets certainly got the short end of the stick when they were re-aligned into the Central Division. Winnipeg has been steadily improving this season and just outlasted the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 in a shootout. That put the Jets at 10-9-2 on the season. Their 22 points would put them in the thick of the playoff hunt in the Eastern Conference, but they second to last in the Central. In fact, Nashville brings up the rear with a .500 win percentage. The Jets will be a team to watch the rest of the season as they keep improving and are on a four game winning streak.
11/14/13: Many people questioned the Jets when they signed Bryan Little to a multi-year contract for over $23 million dollars. So far, the Jets are looking pretty smart. Little leads the team in goals and points with 10 and 17, respectively. That puts him in a tie for fourth in goals in the NHL and a tie for seventh in the NHL in points. He has been a key contributor as the Jets try to rebound from their slow start and get back to .500. He notched four points in the last two Jets wins and is showing everyone that he is well worth the money.
11/7/13: Winnipeg does not have the financial resources of teams like Toronto, or the New York Rangers, or Los Angeles Kings, so when they make a long-term deal then it better work out for them. The team re-signed young defenseman Zach Bogosian to a seven year, $36 million deal. Bogosian is only 13 games into his contract and has not been productive yet. He has zero goals and only three assists. To the media, the sky is always falling and they are causing concern that the Jets are regretting the deal. Then again, it is only 13 games into the contract, so it is likely to get better, especially as the Jets add talent around him.
10/31/13: The Winnipeg Jets are adapting to life in the fiercely competitive Western Conference and currently sit about 500 on the year. They have been inconsistent, to say the least. One night, the beat the mighty St. Louis Blues in a come from behind win and won the shootout. But then they go and lose to the mediocre Nashville Predators. Some good news is the new life in forward Blake Wheeler. Wheeler had a slow start, but has scored in consecutive games - bringing his point total to three goals and three assists on the year. If he (and others) can continue to improve, then there may be a playoff spot waiting for them.
10/24/13: The Winnipeg Jets were the unlikely beneficiary of the long-standing St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks rivalry. The NHL schedule makers had the Blues playing in Winnipeg the night after St. Louis visited Chicago. The Blues and Blackhawks played another draining and physical game (St. Louis won 3-2 in a shootout). The Notes were tired by the time they played the Jets and it showed. Winnipeg rallied from an early deficit and was able to beat the mighty Blues in a shootout. The win evened up the Jets' record at 4-4 and keeps them in the mix in the young season.
10/17/13: Even though it is only five games into the season, there is already some panic setting in with the Winnipeg Jets. The Jets won their first two games. However, they have dropped their last three games. And there are different types of losing. Losing close games is one thing - but the Jets have been completely dominated in their losses. They are getting outchecked, outshot, and generally outplayed. The Jets need to reassess their offense because the dump-and-chase method simply is not working at this point. There is some young talent on the team, and maybe it is time to let them be free to make their own plays rather than depend on a dull dumping strategy.
10/10/13: The Winnipeg Jets fans welcomed back Teemu Selanne, in what may be his last visit to Winnipeg. The original Winnipeg Jets drafted Selanne. He was a rookie in the 1992-93 season and set rookie records with an astounding 76 goals and 132 points. Those type of numbers would easily lead the league now - and by a large margin. Selanne was named the number one star of the game. He did not have a goal or an assist, but certainly got the sentimental vote. The Jets fans were classy and appreciative in his return, giving him a standing ovation.
10/3/13: Winnipeg could be compared to the Green Bay Packers. The team enjoys unconditional support and has the smallest stadium in the league. It is also one of the toughest places to play for road teams. The Jets have been back in Winnipeg for two seasons now, but they need to consider the honeymoon over. The goal this year, their first in the Western Conference, must be to get back to the playoffs. The front office opted to keep their core together for this season rather than search for veteran leadership. There is no substitute for doing, and that is the only way this team will get the experience they need to take the next step.
9/26/13: The Jets, when they were the Atlanta Thrashers, had the coziness of playing in the Southeast Division. While the Capitals are usually good and the Lightning have had some exciting years, it was no where as competitive as the Western Conference - which is where the Winnipeg Jets are now. The Jets have a nice assortment of young talent and need to come together quickly in their new environs. A big part of their development may be right winger Devin Setoguchi. The Wild jettisoned him and that could be the Jets gain on the second line. A big year by Setoguchi would give the team two solid scoring lines and keep them competitive throughout the year.
9/19/13: The Winnipeg Jets made their mark on the NHL even though the season is still a few weeks away. The Jets started as the Atlanta Thrashers - an expansion team in 1999. Only those people who have a pulse could have foreseen that NHL hockey would not succeed in Atlanta. Again. (The Calgary Flames were originally the Atlanta Flames, but moved in 1980). The move to Winnipeg forced the league to re-align the conferences, so the Winnipeg Jets are now in the Western Conference, while the Detroit Red Wings and Columbus Blue Jackets transferred to the Eastern Conference. This was a good move by the league, though it leaves 14 teams in the West and 16 in the East.
9/12/13: Team Canada would be wise to consider Jets' captain Andrew Ladd for their Olympic team. The Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia are less than five months away. Canada is always a favorite, and they won gold in the 2010 Games in Vancouver. One thing Team Canada could use is physical, defensive forward like Ladd. Ladd has always been a great backchecking force, but in the past four years has developed an offensive game. He would do well on the third or fourth line for the Olympic team. That does not even mention that he knows how to win championships - he was on both the 2006 Hurricanes and 2010 Blackhawks who both won the Stanley Cup.
9/4/13: Some may feel that moving a team from a major metropolis to Winnipeg is a big risk. That is probably true, though the team did not receive much support in Atlanta. But Jets management is showing they are willing to take big risks. They came to terms with defenseman Zach Bogosian on a seven year, $36 million deal. Bogosian is a talented defenseman, true, but at the same time, that is the type of contract that instills him as a long-term cornerstone. If he is not the player they expect him to be, then the contract could cripple the franchise for years. Here is hoping that the the Jets made the right call and improve along the way.
8/29/13: There was much rejoicing in Winnepeg a couple of years ago when the Atlanta Thrashers announced they were relocating there. Since then, the team was renamed the Winnepeg Jets, a nod to the former NHL team that once resided there but moved to Phoenix. Attendance has been outstanding and the city is primed for a winner. Their road may be tougher this season. The Jets are moving to the Western Conference, and with it, the added burden of all the great teams. The good news is that their travel schedule will be lighter, so they will not spend half of their year on the East coast.
3/13/13: Unlike much of the Southeast Division, Winnipeg finds themselves in playoff contention with 28 points through 26 games. After boasting one of the top home ice advantages last season, the Jets have actually been better on the road this year going 8-5-2 away from the friendly confines of Winnipeg. Andrew Laad has led the Jets for much of the abbreviated season, currently holding a seven plus/minus while pouring in a team-high 13 goals. Ondrek Pavelec has played well as the starting goalie, but backup, Al Montoya has been even more impressive having not lost a game thus far with a 2.33 GAA.
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Winnipeg Jets Tickets -Season Info
The Winnipeg Jets are undergoing a transition as a franchise. After having a monster of an offseason in 2010, the Winnipeg Jets have started to put together a very talented young unit. With a focus behind players like Evander Kane, Dustin Byfuglien and 25-year-old captain Andrew Ladd, the Winnipeg Jets are taking the steps to ensure this franchise is competitive for years to come.
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After the Atlanta Thrashers were purchased and moved to Winnipeg, the new owners decided to use their throwback name of the Winnipeg Jets. The question now lies as to what are they going to do with their logo. Will they modernize the old or go in a completely new direction? They have the same make up as the Thrashers and still have currently low expectations but True North Sports and Entertainment has told its fans that the team will not survive or last long in Winnipeg financially unless every game is close to sold out.
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