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The Team Comes First

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

As we have heard from inside the dressing room of the Pittsburgh Steelers, it’s a complicated balance between being a teammate and a union brother.

Le’Veon Bell’s ongoing holdout has not been unilaterally supported by fellow NFLPA members inside that Steelers room. In fact, they’re more worried about the effect Bell’s holdout has on the Steelers’ success, than whether it provides any rising salary tide for running backs across the National Football League.

In hockey, more often, it works the other way. The rare player who does hold out tends to self-reflect over the effect his absence has on his team.

It’s just the way hockey players are raised. “Hockey is a team-first game,” Darnell Nurse said on Monday, after signing a two-year, $6.4 million deal that will have him back at Oilers training camp on Tuesday morning.


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Video- A Sit Down With Patrik Laine

via the YouTube page of TSN,

Patrik Laine sits down with TSN's Darren Dreger to talk about why he focused on losing weight this offseason, if he can break the 50-goal mark and make another run at the Rocket Richard Trophy, if his contract will be a distraction this year and the expectations for the Jets after a deep playoff run last season.


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All Mark Chipman

from Tim Campbell of NHL.com,

On what a successful 2018-19 season looks like for the Jets: "Making the playoffs. One thing I've learned for sure is that's the hardest part, getting in. I remember [former Los Angeles Kings coach] Darryl Sutter telling me that a few years ago, after the Kings' Stanley Cup success and a conversation I had with him about it. He said getting in, in his experience, was the hardest part, and that proved to be true. That's the trickiest part, the most challenging part, in this League with the competitive balance that exists. That's how I would define success in a season -- getting ourselves back in the playoffs and then hopefully play well again, as we did through the first two rounds last season. It would be great to go deeper. That would be everybody's hope and is each year but to begin with, we have to get ourselves in. I'd define that as success."

On if his commitment to patience and stability gets more difficult going forward: "I think it gets harder. There's been some acknowledgement that we've got a plan and we're sticking to it but I'm also not that naive to suggest that if things didn't go well this year, that there could quickly be a lot of criticism and demand for change. I think we're just getting started, to be honest. When I wake up in the morning, I don't go sprinting down the hall thinking we've succeeded. This is a really demanding business and we're just getting started, so patience is going to be essential and maybe even more so, now that we've had a little bit of success. And I stress little.'"

more from Mark Chipman who is the governor of the Winnipeg Jets...

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Blake Wheeler About To Get A Five-Year Extension


added 9:33am, Winnipeg press release is below.

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Evening Line- Pekka Jalonen

“My opinion is that NHL is stupid and greedy. NHL has a great chance to promote the game and asking money for practice makes people angry. Tickets for the games are expensive so practices should be free.”

-Finnish journalist Pekka Jalonen on the NHL charging to watch the Winnipeg Jets and Florica Panthers practice while in Finland.  Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun has more.

Below, the press release on this topic the NHL sent out earlier today.

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Cap Issues Ahead For The Winnipeg Jets

from Mike McIntyre of the Winnipeg Free Press,

The final numbers are almost in — and it appears Winnipeg Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff and his staff will be able to keep the band mostly together as they gear up for what they hope is another run at the Stanley Cup.

But just as quickly as the window of opportunity seemed to open last year for this young and talented group, there is growing evidence to suggest it could also slam shut in a hurry without some shrewd manoeuvring and maybe some luck sprinkled in.

It's no secret the small-market Jets are on the verge of a salary-cap crisis that is likely going to force Cheveldayoff to make some cold, hard decisions that could change the look of the team in the very near future. That's the price to pay for drafting well and then trying to keep the homegrown core intact.

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Jacob Trouba Awarded $5.5M In Arbitration

Trouba was looking for $7M, the Winnipeg Jets offer was $4M.

This is for one year.


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The Bottom Line Is Jacob Trouba May Not Want To Play In Winnipeg

from Paul Wiecek of the Winnipeg Free Press,

Well, if you accept that there is no good reason why the Jets wouldn’t have made Trouba the same kind of lavish, multi-year offer they’ve made to so many other top players in recent years, there are only two possibilities: the offer still isn’t lavish enough; or, more likely in my view, the problem this time around is the same as the problem last time around — Trouba doesn’t want to be here.

If that’s the case, the clock is ticking for the Jets. Because two years from now, Trouba will become an unrestricted free agent. And if you think he’d stick around when he didn’t have to, after everything that’s gone on the last two years, you’re delusional.

Trouba is a solution for the Jets on the ice. That’s not up for debate.

But he’s a problem off it — one that only got bigger Friday.


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Salary Arbitration Hearing Is Over For Jacob Trouba

from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,

Now that Jacob Trouba and the Winnipeg Jets have stood before an arbitrator and presented their respective cases, it won’t be long before an award is handed out.

While it’s possible the two sides reach an agreement before the 48-hour window the arbitrator is given to make a decision, in all likelihood this negotiation will end with the ruling on what is expected to be a one-year pact.

Whether that ruling is closer to the $4 million offer the Jets presented or the $7 million the Trouba camp asked for remains to be seen.

It’s possible the arbitrator splits the difference and comes in somewhere around $5.5 million....

It’s been written in this space that this summer represented the best opportunity for Trouba and the Jets to come together on a long-term deal and for the sake of argument, let’s use six years at around $36 million.

Now that the window for that is nearly closed, what does it mean for the long-range plans of the Jets?

That’s impossible to know at this stage of the proceedings.

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Will The Winnipeg Jets And Jacob Trouba Find Common Ground Before Friday’s Arbitration Hearing?

from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,

The clock continues to tick for Jacob Trouba and the Winnipeg Jets to get a new deal done and with roughly 48 hours to go before Friday’s arbitration hearing, the filings are in.

According to a source, the Jets are offering $4 million, while the Trouba camp is countering by asking for $7 million.

The numbers were first reported by Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada.

Under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement, the Jets have the choice of electing a one or two-year award if the case is heard in arbitration.

Because Trouba is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 of 2020, the Jets are expected to choose a one-year award.


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