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from Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press,
It's right there in black and white in the National Hockey League's coaches' handbook:
Don't gush too early and too much about rookies until the real bullets start flying.
And so it was late Thursday -- not long after the Boston Bruins' 3-2 overtime victory over the Winnipeg Jets -- when Claude Noel clamped down hard on his tongue while offering, then tempering, his praise of young defenceman Jacob Trouba.
"For a 19-year-old player I think he makes good decisions, he plays hard, he plays a lot of minutes and makes a lot of good decisions," said the Jets' boss. "There's some good stability in his game."
Asked if he had done enough to earn a spot as one of the team's top six defencemen, Noel added:
"That will be determined, but it's hard to believe... well, it's hard to say. For me, he looks good right now."
Actually, "good" doesn't begin to describe Trouba's play, particularly over the past two games. He was arguably the best of the Jets again Thursday -- goalie Ondrej Pavelec was pretty darn steady, too -- in racking up 23 minutes and 28 seconds of ice time and blocking two shots. There were some miscues, as he did finish minus-1 and was charged with two giveaways, but he played a lot of minutes in a variety of situations and looked comfortable.
from Melissa Martin of the Winnipeg Free Press,
The off-season was a rough one, as the plunging salary cap choked the free agent market and left many battle-worn NHL journeymen hunting for work. A bunch of them still are.
While that was going on, White retreated to his family's off-season home in Kenora. He tucked offers from Europe into his back pocket and waited, if a little nervously.
"Getting closer to camp, it seemed like there was hardly anyone being signed," he said. "The cap going down threw a big monkey wrench into everyone's plans."
So now, for a veteran of five NHL teams and 503 regular-season games, a new plan: White will battle to make the cut. The Jets have 18 blue-liners in camp, with seven on one-way NHL contracts already and few spots up for grabs. There's also Zach Redmond, who appeared to solidly install himself with the big club before his horrific leg injury last season and talented youngsters Jacob Trouba and Julian Melchiori will push for their NHL chance.
A pro, though, can't get caught up worrying about all of that.
more inlcuding a few thoughts on his time with the Wings last season...
"I think Evander Kane has come leaps and bounds for me in a lot of ways. The focus is always on a lot of things in the off-season, anything to write about. I don't have any concerns with him. I see a huge change in him.
"I saw it last year. I've seen it through the summer. I've seen it both on and off the ice and I've really liked what I've seen. He's very focused. I think he's matured. This is part of the process. The problem is we're under a microscope and that's a little bit of an adjustment for a young player, a young man. I like a lot of what I've seen and I'm very excited to have him play this year. I think he's got a lot to play for and I certainly know one thing, he wants to have success."
-Claude Noel, head coach of the Winnipg Jets on Evander Kane. More on the Jets from Tim Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press.
In a way I feel bad for Evander Kane who met with the Winnipeg media today to talk about the traffic ticket issues he had.
On the other hand, just pay the tickets and stories like this would be avoided.
from Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press,
Evander Kane said he is back in Winnipeg to make news for his hockey exploits, not unpaid traffic tickets.
And so the Jets winger said Thursday he has taken care of a pair of outstanding tickets after the Manitoba government filed a Court of Queen’s Bench motion to garnishee his wages in an attempt to recoup $650.80 in fines and costs. The tickets came after Kane was charged on June 4, 2012 for "using a hand-operated electronic device while driving a motor vehicle." That $249.80 ticket went unpaid, leading Manitoba Public Insurance to put a hold on his licence.
continued inlcuding video of Kane talking about the issue today...
from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,
Olli Jokinen has heard the doubters and insists he’s not done.
The Winnipeg Jets centre believes he still has plenty of gas left in the proverbial tank.
“I think I’m going to have five, six big seasons left,” said Jokinen, who was among those to hit the ice at MTS Iceplex for an informal skate on Tuesday morning and addressed the media for the first time since last season. “I’m not nearly as done as you guys probably think. I have a lot of years (left). I’ve been playing a long time and I still think I can play five, six years at this level — easily.”
A year ago, Jokinen was a big free-agent addition for the Jets, inking a two-year deal worth $9 million.
The expectation was that he’d take over as the No. 1 centre but that plan never materialized.
from Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press,
A man accused of robbing Winnipeg Jets defenceman Toby Enstrom in Sweden in late June has been sentenced to one month in jail for giving a false name to police.
Enstrom was assaulted on the evening of June 29 in ñrnskldsvik, Sweden while attempting to take money out of an automated teller machine. The Jets defenceman had been out for dinner with friends and his sister that evening when witnesses say they saw him attacked and left unconscious. He was rushed to the hospital and needed stitches above his right eye, but was not seriously injured.
Enstrom told the court in ñrnskldsvik on Thursday that he did not recognize the accused and could not prove he had actually lost any money.
from Tim Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press,
As they opened their 8,000-place waiting list Friday -- about 1,400 spaces were available when the process began -- the Jets announced that in the future, it will be a perk for waiting-list customers only to buy tickets through the exchange website.
"Our goal was to give back to these people on our paid waiting list, many people who have been with us two or three years now," Jets director of ticket administration Mitch Brennan said Friday. "Those people have been very loyal to us for a few years and in listening to what many of those customers said they wanted, it's a perk we wanted to give back to them."
The initial fee is a non-refundable $50 per seat to join the waiting list, then every subsequent summer, it's $100 to stay on the list, with that annual fee applied to any eventual season-ticket purchase.
Previously, those waiting-list customers received discounts on merchandise, access to MTS Centre event ticket offers, an invitation to the exclusive Winnipeg Jets wait-list open practice and access to some box-office last-minute ticket availability.
By now restricting the official ticket-exchange website to waiting-list customers, the team many be sending potential ticket buyers to other unauthorized resellers, websites or even scalpers.
The move won't be popular with some past regular customers who acquired tickets through the official exchange site.
"I’m just real happy that Winnipeg believed in me and gave me another chance to prove myself… I didn’t exactly have the best start to my career in Atlanta and obviously moving up to Winnipeg gave me a new chance to play in a hockey market and play in a hockey town. That’s where the term came in, it was definitely a no-brainer for me to want to stay there for a long time."
-Zach Bogosian of the Winnipeg Jets after signing a seven-year contract yesterday.. More from Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press.
via the Winnipeg Jets,
The Winnipeg Jets are pleased to announce they have agreed to terms with forward Bryan Little on a new five-year contract worth $23.5 million.
Little, 25, played in 48 games with the Winnipeg Jets during the 2012-13 season. In that time, the right-handed centre recorded 32 points (7G, 25A) and four penalty minutes. He sat second on the club’s leaderboard in assists and fourth among his team in scoring. The Edmonton, AB native has played in 404 career NHL games between Atlanta and Winnipeg for 227 career points (99G, 128A) and 125 penalty minutes.
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