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Winnipeg’s Goal Is To Make The Playoffs

from Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press,

There's no magic wand for Cheveldayoff to wave for a fix and he's been clear on his stance of not spending futures to try and get into the post-season.

So maybe help just isn't a possibility under management's long-term gameplan.

"I'm not so worried about third or not. If we get into the playoffs, then we deserve to get in there. Third or sixth or eighth or fifth, it would be a great opportunity for our young players to go to the playoffs," Cheveldayoff told the Free Press last week. "That's obviously what you are trying to do. Now you don't sell the farm to do it but in the same breath you don't sit here and look at the opportunity and say, 'nah, we'll wait until next year.' You take what you can get and you run with it."

Cheveldayoff has a plan and he won't be dissuaded. He also has 10 picks in this summer's draft and if he can move a few of them for a roster player with some term going forward, he can help the present and the future. So there are trades he will make. But there are lots of variables and a rental player doesn't seem to be in the cards for the Jets.

So perhaps it'll be up to the men you already know as your Winnipeg Jets to get this done on their own.

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Hard To Judge The Jets

from Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press,

The Jets are a difficult bunch to figure out. If they were superheroes they'd be The League of Inconsistent Gentlemen. Capable of great things for stretches and then dreadful such as they were Friday night in a 6-1 pasting at the hands of the once left-for-dead Washington Capitals.

Feel free to judge the Jets but do so at your peril. Until they are either eliminated or have clinched a berth there is no telling with these bunch.

They are unproven. The players, the coach and the management group.

One night, take Tuesday's win over the Boston Bruins, it all looks great. The next, the last two dreck-filled losses to the Caps provide an example, there is cause for great concern.

Should we all just remain calm and wait until the returns come in? Sounds great in theory but it doesn't work that way in real life. People in Winnipeg are invested in the Jets, emotionally and financially. They care and they are going to get wound up. It's a long way better than apathy.

The team's inconsistentcy can make life a little rough for the ticket-buying populace. They don't know what to think from night to night.

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Winnipeg Goalies Talk Equipment

from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,

And it was abundantly clear that Pavelec doesn’t agree with what is being proposed.

“I don’t know, come on. How many times are they going to change the rules? I don’t think it’s that fair,” said Pavelec. “If you take something away from the goalies, you have to take something away from the players too. Ok, so we’re going to get small gear, we (should) give players wood sticks.

“There’s nothing I can do but I don’t like it, that’s for sure.”

Jets backup Al Montoya thinks Pavelec is on to something.

“I would be a fan of that. The way the puck comes in these days is pretty crazy,” said Montoya. “They want to see goals, which is understandable. But you’ve got to protect the goalie. There’s a lot of money invested in this position for every GM is going to want to make sure their goalie is safe, first and foremost.”

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Jets Learning To Win

from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,

“We have to learn how to win games in the third,” said Jets blue-liner Zach Bogosian. “We’ve just got to keep the pressure on. It’s something we’ve talked about, playing with the lead. You have to make sure you just keeping forward and we did a real good job of that.”

The Jets continue to work on raising their expectations and not letting satisfaction creep into their psyche.

“That’s the challenge. You have to feed off what we’ve done the last couple of games, the success we’ve had and the good feelings that come from that,” said Jets captain Andrew Ladd, who added an empty-netter with 38.7 seconds to go. “When things are happening and things are going well, you get the sense in your game, you know what to do and you realize why you’re doing those things. It’s easier to make those decisions.”

The head coach put it this way.

“There’s a price to pay to win games and right now, we’re paying it,” said Claude Noel.

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Chris Thorburn Not Happy With Colton Orr

from Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press,

Thorburn, however, is beloved in the Jets dressing room for his willingness to stand up for teammates. So when Orr slighted him near the end of what until then had been an honourable exchange, the rest of the Jets took notice.

With less than three minutes expired in the game, the two big men engaged.

Orr's jersey came mostly loose near the end of the scrap, leaving Thorburn at a distinct disadvantage with nothing to grab. Most often, this will signal the end of a fight and usually the linesmen will intervene to prevent injury. But Orr was allowed to keep on slugging.

Thorburn had some cross words for Orr and the linesmen but more importantly, the rest of the Jets got riled and started skating and banging and chirping. They played with purpose.

"I said what I had to say to (Orr) and I think I'll leave it at that," said Thorburn. "There's a mutual respect that we abide by. It's not like I'm the toughest guy in the world but I'll show up. Your adrenaline is running so I can understand that things happen. But, well... It is what it is."

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Judge for yourself, watch the fight below...

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The Winnipeg Jets Are A Hard Team To Figure Out

from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun,

Winnipeg has been outscored (16-23) in the first, but they tend to even it up (24-17) in the second. That's when things get interesting.

The Jets have given up 32 third-period goals, the fourth-worst mark in the league, while scoring 20.

But send them to overtime and they'll do an about-face: they're a perfect 3-0, behind only the Chicago Blackhawks.

Overall, the Jets are the NHL's No. 21 offence and No. 20 defence. They're perfectly comfortable in a one-goal game (8-4-2), but are one of just two teams yet to win by three or more.

So to sum up, the Jets should be just fine at home this week.

As long as they score first, play like they're on the road against a good team, keep it close, win the five-on-five play, don't give up any shorthanded goals, win the third period and don't worry about overtime.

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Jets Outworked Again

from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun,

If the first time is a one-off and the second a coincidence, the Winnipeg Jets are on the verge of a disturbing trend.

For the second straight game, the Jets were outworked and out-desired by a team below them in the standings, this time in Florida, Tuesday.

The 4-1 loss to the injury-riddled, last-place Panthers was every bit as ugly as a 3-0 beat-down by lowly Washington last weekend, causing some of those deep-rooted questions about this team's makeup to pop up again.

Having fallen out of a playoff spot in the loss to the Capitals, you'd think the Jets would come out hard and determined to start this four-game road trip.

Nope.

You'd think they'd jump all over a Panthers team that has as much talent in sick bay as it does on the active roster.

Nope.

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Video- Two Tough Guys Go At It, Volpatti And Peluso

Peluso did not return to the game, out with an upper-body injury.

 

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Devils Don’t Blame Bad Call For Their Loss To Winnipeg

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

The Devils should have had a goal or, perhaps, a penalty shot after Jets defenseman Ron Hainsey grabbed the puck off the left pad of goaltender Ondrej Pavelec and threw it out to the right point during a scramble in front with 6:07 left in today’s game.

No Devils blamed referee Mike Leggo’s clearly missed call, however, for their 4-2 loss to the Jets.

It’s one of those things that I think if you put yourself at the mercy of the referees late in the game, that’s your own fault,” DeBoer said. “We put ourselves in that spot, so it is what it is.”

continued and if you want to watch the above play, TSN has it here (scroll to the 1:05 mark).

 

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Winnipeg’s Zach Redmond Suffers Serious Cut In Practice

via Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press,

Winnipeg Jets' defenceman Zach Redmond was taken away by an ambulance this morning after suffering a serious cut to the back of his leg during a morning practice at PNC Arena.

The rookie blueliner was apparently slashed by a falling teammate's skate.

Several players and assistant coaches huddled around Redmond after it happened. Head coach Claude Noel was off the ice when the injury occurred.

Once the players cleared away, a lot of blood could be seen on the ice, and players like Antti Miettinen and Anthony Peluso came off the ice with blood stains visible on their socks and jerseys.

added 1:51pm, via TSN,

"He lost a lot of blood and was probably on the ice for 10-15 minutes as he was being treated before they took him off," said Brian Munz, play-by-play commentator for the Jets on TSN Radio 1290.

"The Jets and Hurricanes medical staff reacted quickly, along with the coaching staff and players present. They kept him as calm as stable as possible."

Jets head coach Claude Noel, whose club takes on the Hurricanes on Thursday night, said it was a "fairly wide cut," but was coherent.

"These things happen," he told a scrum after practice. "We were trying to get our extra players conditioned and it was a one-one-one battle at the net where (Redmond) tripped up and landed on his back and a player happened to step on him.

"He cut him just above the back of the knee. It's a fairly wide cut and he'll need to be taken to the hospital. He lost a fair amount of blood quickly. It looks like it was a vein. They got it tied up and pressure on it, but he'll be fine."

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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