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Still Waiting For A Contract Extension For Paul Maurice

from Paul Wiecek of the Winnipeg Free Press,


It’s April 10, a couple of days after the Winnipeg Jets played their last game of another playoff-missing season, and head coach Paul Maurice and GM Kevin Chevaldayoff are doing their season-ending news conference.

The talk quickly turns to the status of contract extension talks for Maurice, who will be in the final year of his deal heading into the 2017-18 season, and both he and Cheveldayoff seem to agree it’s already all but a done deal.

"Paul has my full support," says Chevaldayoff.

"Every contract I’ve ever done took about 10 minutes," says Maurice.

Well, we must be in some kind of weird wormhole then, because that 10 minutes has now stretched into over four months, and with just five weeks to go before the team plays its first pre-season game on Sept. 18, Maurice is still a lame-duck head coach heading into the coming NHL season.


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Connor Hellebuyck Agrees To A One-Year Deal With The Winnipeg Jets

Winnipeg, MB - The Winnipeg Jets announced they have agreed to terms with goaltender Connor Hellebuyck on a one-year contract with an average annual value of $2,250,000.

Hellebuyck, 24, appeared in a career-high 56 games for the Jets last season, going 26-19-4 with a 2.89 goals-against average, .907 save percentage and four shutouts. Against Central Division opponents, the product of Commerce, Mich. went 12-3-1 with a 2.09 goals-against average and .937 save percentage. He played the most games of any goaltender age 23 and younger in the NHL last season. In 82 NHL games, Hellebuyck has a 39-30-5 record with a 2.71 goals-against average and .910 save percentage.

Hellebuyck was drafted by the Jets in the fifth round (130th overall) in the 2012 NHL Draft.

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Steve Mason’s Deal In Winnipeg

Winnipeg, MB - The Winnipeg Jets announced they have agreed to terms with goaltender Steve Mason on a two-year contract with an average annual value of $4,100,000.

Mason, 29, played in 58 games for the Philadelphia Flyers last season and posted a 26-21-8 record with three shutouts, a 2.66 GAA and a .908 SV%. The Oakville, Ont. native has played the last nine seasons for the Flyers and the Columbus Blue Jackets during which he played 463 games and went 200-177-63 with 33 shutouts, a 2.68 GAA and a .911 SV%. He also won the Calder Memorial Trophy as NHL Rookie of the Year in 2008-09, after going 33-20-7 with a 2.29 GAA and .916 SV%.

Mason was drafted by the Blue Jackets in the third round (69th overall) in the 2006 NHL Draft.

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Winnipeg Needs Goaltending

from Ted Whyman of the Winnipeg Sun,

General manager Kevin Cheveldayoff was working on a deal on NHL draft weekend and thought he had something hammered out before it fell apart.

There’s no guarantee he was trying to acquire a goaltender but he has never denied that he is shopping for one, so it would make sense.

With no trade completed, the Jets left Chicago with only one new goaltender in the fold — 18-year-old Swede Arvid Holm, whom they drafted in the sixth round, 167th overall.

Something more impactful has to get done in that area between now and next Saturday, which is when the NHL free agency period opens.

“We’re going to be active obviously,” Cheveldayoff said at the conclusion of Saturday’s draft.

“We’re going to a take a look at whatever is available to us and if there’s a good opportunity there that can help us, we’ll jump at it. We can start talking to free agents at midnight tonight. We’ve got a list of names lined up to reach out to their representatives and see if we’re a fit for them as far as they want to consider us.”

read on for more on the Jets...

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Video- Jake Allen Save That Wasn’t

After a review, Blake Wheeler has his goal.


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The Winnipeg Jets’ Morning Skate

from Paul Wiecek of the Winnipeg Free Press,

The high-flying Columbus Blue Jackets no longer use them. The defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins have mostly done away with them.

And at least eight other NHL teams have now either completely eliminated or rendered optional that uniquely anachronistic hockey institution: the game-day "morning skate."

So why, if so many teams — including some of the league’s most successful — have decided to stop dragging players out of their warm beds on game days are the Winnipeg Jets still holding morning skates on most of the days they play?

It’s a question I couldn’t help but wonder about — yet again — Thursday morning as I watched the Jets skate around in circles in an empty Barclays Center for reasons that seem to have at least as much to do with superstition and tradition as anything performance-related.

Tell me if this makes sense to you:

On a day the Jets were to play the New York Islanders at 7 p.m. local time, they dragged their players out of their beds in Manhattan, put them on a bus to Brooklyn, skated them for a half-hour or so beginning at 10:30 a.m. and then put them back on the bus and took them back to Manhattan — only to then repeat the whole journey again five hours later for the game.


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Winnipeg/New Jersey Game Tonight Has Been Rescheduled

NEW YORK (March 14, 2017) – Tonight’s game between the Winnipeg Jets and New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center, NHL Game No. 1024, has been postponed due to the severe winter storm impacting the area.

The game has been rescheduled for Tuesday, March 28.

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Video- Ryan Reaves Finishing His Ceck On Nikolaj Ehlers?

Two minutes for roughing.


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Winnipeg Sends Drew Stafford To Boston

added 3:45pm,


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The Auston Matthews And Patrik Laine Battles Are Just Starting

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

Let this be a reminder about why there’s so much hype when Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine are due to face one another.

It’s not so much a showdown between top picks from the 2016 draft, with personal stakes or a determination about who is ahead in some mythical race without a finish line.

No, it’s an event. Pure and simple.

These are two of the three best players in the NHL’s next generation and when you get them in the same arena the odds of seeing something magical dramatically improve.

“(They mean) a lot to the league, but maybe more to Canada,” Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice said before Tuesday’s 5-4 overtime loss against Toronto. “This is such a passion across the country and (there’s) appreciation for young players. For stars, for gifts, right?

“We’ve all been on the ice as players and we all know how much better Patty and Auston are than we are.”


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