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Video- Tyler Myers Cross-Check On Tommy Wingels

Emily Sadler of Sportsnet in the nightly NHL recap put up a poll asking if Tyler Myers should be suspended for this cross-check on Tommy Wingels.

At this point, 76% believe he should be.

What do you think?


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Videos- Blake Wheeler Not Happy With Penalty Call Against Him

via Sportsnet,

Blake Wheeler vented his frustrations after a crushing loss to the Sharks, calling out Alex Stalock for a bad play outside of the crease.

Wheeler received two for tripping and the Jets lost to the Sharks 4-1.



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Plain And Simple, The Winnipeg Jets Need More Talent

from Damien Cox of Sportsnet,

... the lingering uncertainty of soon-to-be-free-agents Dustin Byfuglien and captain Andrew Ladd certainly hangs over this team, along with the larger question of whether the Jets are ever going to try and compete more aggressively by becoming a cap team and thus rewarding those who pack their rink every game.

We can talk about how the Jets take more penalties than most teams, and give up more power plays than anyone else. They give up more goals per game than they score and have anemic special teams and are, generally, much better at home than on the road.

Blake Wheeler plays like an elite forward most nights, and Drew Stafford has been very good after giving the Jets organization a shot in the arm by choosing to re-sign in Winnipeg last summer after coming over as part of the Evander Kane trade.

But at the end of the day, you have to ask: Do the Jets, with $11.5 million of unused cap space, have the talent to match up with the real contenders in the NHL?

The answer is no, at least not right now. And if Ladd and Byfuglien both leave, it’s hard to see any time soon when the Jets will be able to say they’ve got the talent to really challenge.

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Evander Kane Returns To Winnipeg On Sunday

from Damien Cox of Sportsnet,

Kane wanted out of Winnipeg last season and got his wish, leaving lots of bad feelings behind even though the pieces acquired for Kane and rearguard Zach Bogosian in the Feb. 11 trade by Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff – notably winger Drew Stafford and defenceman Tyler Myers – helped fuel Winnipeg’s charge to the post-season.

Kane scored 30 goals one season in a Jets uniform, but eventually he didn’t see Winnipeg as the place he wanted to be around the same time the hockey club decided it needed to move on. So what does he expect when he returns to play in a Buffalo Sabres uniform on Sunday?

“It was my first time being traded, so it will be a new experience for me going back and playing against a team I used to play for. It will be interesting and, uh, entertaining,” he said with a smile.

“I’ll probably be just as entertained as everyone else. I just have to wait to see what the entertainment is going to be. But I know there’s going to be a hockey game and I’ll be participating in that.”

True enough, and one between a Jets team that expected to be much further ahead of Buffalo in the standings than it is right now.

But there could well be a cringe factor, too, depending on how upset Winnipeg fans remain from Kane’s exit, how personally these Manitobans took this episode in their beloved team’s history.


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Bobby Farnham And Nikolaj Ehlers Fined For Diving

NEW YORK (Jan. 7, 2016) – New Jersey Devils forward Bobby Farnham has been fined $2,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment), the National Hockey League announced today.

Farnham was issued a Warning following an incident flagged by NHL Hockey Operations during NHL Game No. 307 at Vancouver on Nov. 22. His second Citation, which triggered the $2,000 fine, was issued for an incident at 14:13 of the second period during NHL Game No. 553 at Ottawa on Dec. 30. Farnham was assessed a minor penalty for embellishment on the play.

NEW YORK (Jan. 7, 2016) – Winnipeg Jets forward Nikolaj Ehlers has been fined $2,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment), the National Hockey League announced today.

Ehlers was issued a Warning following an incident flagged by NHL Hockey Operations during NHL Game No. 299 against Arizona on Nov. 21. His second Citation, which triggered the $2,000 fine, was issued for an incident at 5:53 of the second period during NHL Game No. 547 against Detroit on Dec. 29.

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If The Winnipeg Jets Decide To Trade Dustin Byfuglien And Andrew Ladd

Dan Rosen of NHL.com answers some questions from the fans....

What is the expected return for Dustin Byfuglien and Andrew Ladd, and would any teams want both if the Jets take back or retain salary?

Venturing a guess here that the return for those players is more in the form of draft picks and prospects than it is in actual NHL players. I guess it's possible that the Jets would be able to make a player-for-player trade, but that's unlikely when it comes to players who would essentially be rentals for the team they go to. They are playing on contracts that expire at the end of the season, making them unrestricted free agents on July 1. I would think that the Jets would want to continue to try to negotiate with one or both, exhaust all options before looking at the trade market. That's what they should be doing, at least.

As for a team wanting both, why wouldn't they? Ladd is an experienced leader, a 200-foot player who can score and play in all situations. Byfuglien is a weapon on the back end who can play forward too. His versatility, size and shot makes him a prize for any team that gets him. The Jets would be silly not to retain some salary on them if it means their return is better. These are expiring contracts. The cap hit won't matter beyond the end of this season. But I'm also not sure that would ever happen.

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Playoff Chances Fading For The Winnipeg Jets

from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,

Don't look now, but that mole hill is slowly morphing into a mountain for the Winnipeg Jets.

By dropping a 4-1 decision to the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night, the Jets fell two games below the .500 mark for the first time this season.

And their timing couldn't be worse.

With a record of 15-17-2 going into a three-day Christmas break, it's still too early to suggest that the Jets are on life support.

But they better start looking for the paddles, because they're currently trailing the Nashville Predators by eight points in the chase for the second and final wild-card spot in the Western Conference standings.


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Videos- Be Careful Out There Boys

A stick and pucks caused a few bloody moments last night.

Jaromir Jagr takes a stick to the face.



Two more incidents below...

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  Tags: blake+wheeler, jaromir+jagr, rob+scuderi

The Playoff Chances For The Winnipeg Jets Are Fading

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

With the Pacific Division being as tepid as it is -- for those keeping score and waiting form them to emerge from their slumber, the Anaheim Ducks lost again Monday -- no one is really out of it in that division. And with the Eastern Conference still wide open -- another loss for the slumping Montreal Canadiens, for those wondering how much they miss Carey Price -- it's hard to discount anyone except maybe the Columbus Blue Jackets, Carolina Hurricanes, Toronto Maple Leafs and Buffalo Sabres, and even those teams just barely.

However, is it time to put a fork in the Winnipeg Jets? The Jets were dumped 3-1 Monday night by the Oilers despire pouring 45 shots at Cam Talbot. Winnipeg is last in the Central Division now after the Colorado Avalanche surged past them into sixth place, but the real issue is the eight-poing gap between the Jets and the second wild card spot out West. That's eight too many for my liking.

For a team with significant free agent issues looming with captain Andrew Ladd and defenseman Dustin Byfuglien, the playoffs look like a longshot, and the pressure on GM Kevin Cheveldayoff to get top assets in return for Byfuglien and Ladd will mount they they aren't under contract soon.

more on the Jets from the ESPN hockey crew...

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Signing Milan Lucic And “It Could Get Messy In Winnipeg”

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

- Once the Kings are able to get an extension done with centre Anze Kopitar sometime next month, look for them to have serious discussions with Milan Lucic next. Acquired from the Bruins during last year’s roster shakeup in Beantown, Lucic has been a good fit for the rugged Kings and they have been pleased with the contribution he has made. Lucic, 27, is in the final year of a deal that pays him $3.25 million this season and if the Kings go on a long playoff run they’re going to love the sandpaper he brings.

- It could get messy in Winnipeg. The Jets aren’t close to getting unrestricted free agents Andrew Ladd and Dustin Byfuglien along with restricted free agent Jacob Trouba signed and nobody is happy the negotiations went public last week with their demands attached. The organization could be considered cheap while the players are viewed by others as greedy. This will be one of the hotspots to watch because GM Kevin Cheveldayoff has decisions to make.


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