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from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,
The veteran goalie remains hopeful he can get a new deal done with the Winnipeg Jets and avoid unrestricted free agency. But he’s also been around long enough to realize that it might take getting to July 1 before the sides find common ground.
“I really have no idea,” Mason said in a telephone interview from Red Deer, Alta.
Much like everyone who follows the Jets, Mason is curious to see what effect, if any, the move to acquire Jonas Gustavsson from the Toronto Maple Leafs has on his future.
Finding a resolution with pending unrestricted free agent Ondrej Pavelec remains the top priority for the Jets, general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff reiterated on Saturday.
“A lot hinges on getting things done with Pav,” said Mason, who was 8-7-1 with a 2.59 goals against average and .898 save percentage last season. “We talked (with the Jets) last week before the draft and we haven’t spoken to them since. They’ve got a lot of things going on. It’s just a numbers game now, we’ll see how the dominoes fall.
“I don’t know if I’d say stressful, but there is so much uncertainty. You know what, it’s totally business. They have to protect themselves. They can’t leave themselves in a vulnerable situation.”
from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,
The pending restricted free agent was told by the Jets they won’t be sending him a qualifying offer before Monday’s deadline.
“No, we did not,” Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff said Saturday afternoon after the 2012 NHL Entry Draft came to a close.
The right-winger from Winkler was the first player Cheveldayoff traded for, coming over from the Washington Capitals last summer in a deal for an ECHL prospect and a 2012 fourth round draft pick.
What looked like a good opportunity for Fehr quickly became a nightmare as he missed all of training camp and the first 20 games of the season after recovering from off-season shoulder surgery.
Once the rehab was complete, Fehr quickly found his way into head coach Claude Noel’s doghouse and struggled to find his offensive confidence.
Rather than the Top-6 forward minutes that were projected for him, Fehr spent much of his time on the fourth line and struggled to find his scoring touch, finishing with two goals and three points in 35 games last season.
via Toronto Maple Leafs tweet,
The #Leafs trade Jonas Gustavsson for a conditional 7th Rd. pick in 2013 to the #Jets
He will have UFA status on July 1st.
via Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,
After meeting with Craig Oster and Don Meehan of Newport Sports (who represent Kane) on Wednesday, Cheveldayoff spent roughly two hours with agent Allan Walsh of Octagon to discuss a new deal with goalie Ondrej Pavelec.
As the rumour mill swirls around the status of negotiations with Winnipeg Jets restricted free agents Evander Kane and Ondrej Pavelec, the general manager continued to keep his cards close to the vest.
“Negotiations are ongoing for both of those players and there are other potential players within our organization on the UFA that we’re negotiating with as well,” said Cheveldayoff. “I’m always optimistic. Last year at this point and time, I never had the opportunity to meet with any of the RFAs representatives. We’ve been able to get a jump on that and things turned out pretty well last year.”
Walsh politely declined comment.
Money is believed to be the stumbling block the negotiations with Pavelec, who is weighing a one-year offer to play in for SKA St. Petersberg in the Kontinental Hockey League in the neighbourhood of $5 million per season.
The reports of Evander Kane wanting out of Winnipeg appear to be greatly exaggerated.
According to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, Winnipeg Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff has met with Kane’s representatives from Newport Sports Management and dismissed the rumours of Kane’s unhappiness with the team.
Dreger adds that the two sides also discussed contract parameters, but did not get down to talking numbers. Reports surfaced this week that a Jets player revealed that Kane didn’t want to negotiate for a new contract - sparking trade rumours and speculation going into Friday’s NHL Draft.
from Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press,
When it comes to the Jets’ goaltending, there are some meaty question marks, what with No. 1 man Ondrej Pavelec not only a restricted free agent but drawing interest from the KHL—negotiating ploy or not—and with veteran backup Chris Mason scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in just over two weeks.
Not only that, but veteran David Aebischer, who appeared in 31 games in St. John’s this winter, is an unrestricted free agent, and Fredrik Pettersson-Wentzel, once considered the top goaltending prospect in the system, did not have his contract renewed.
Yet all of that hardly seems to be setting off alarm bells with Cheveldayoff, who is said to be negotiating with Pavelec’s agent and has a number of options—be they in free agency or the promotion of Eddie Pasquale from St. John’s—should Mason not return.
Here’s Chevy’s take on the state of the Jets’ goaltending:
from Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press,
The boating charges against Winnipeg Jet defenceman Dustin Byfuglien will be decided by a jury.
Mitchell Robinson, the lawyer for the 27-year-old Byfuglien, met this morning with the judge and Hennepin County district attorneys in Minneapolis in a last-ditch chance to come to a resolution, but were unable to do so. As a result, the next step in the case – which stems from an incident last Aug. 31 on Lake Minnetonka in Minnesota—will be to schedule it for a jury trial on July 23.
“We’ll pick a jury then and let a jury decide,” said Robinson Thursday when reached by the Free Press. “I’m not surprised. I mean, I’m always optimistic that we can settle these cases, but we’re still so far apart. The prosecutor sees this as a boating-under-the-influence case and I see it as a case of failing to have navigation lights on.
“We’re very far apart. We weren’t able to reach any kind of a fair settlement, so the next step is trial and we’ll see what a jury thinks.”
Mark Stuart went sliding across the ice and Parenteau’s leg bended awkwardly when Stuart made contact with him.
Another replay below with possibly a better replay…
“Again… a wide-open game by both sides. That’s going to kill you at this time of year. This hockey is not going to take you to the playoffs. Even if we make it, if we’re going to play like that everybody’s going to kill us.
“A lot of turnovers, there’s got to be more responsibility there. You tie the game with three minutes left and everybody’s so excited at a time when you need every point and then they score like 10 seconds later.
“It wasn’t just about that one, there were a lot of turnovers all game long. I don’t know… I don’t know any more. We’ve lost so many games like that this year. At the end of the day, it’s our fault. At the end of the day if we’re not going to make it we can look in the mirror and say, ‘It’s our fault.’ It’s nobody else.”
-Ondrej Pavelec, Winnipeg Jets goaltender after losing to Ottawa last night. More from Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press.
Can you say control the puck and find the open man?
The Sens did defeat the Jets, probably putting and end to Winnipeg’s chances for the playoffs.
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