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from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun,
Acquired from Buffalo in the Evander Kane trade, Wednesday, both sounded fired up about joining a team in a playoff race, as the Jets prepare to play division leader Nashville tonight.
“The pace of play is pretty awesome,” Stafford said after taking Dustin Byfuglien’s spot on the Jets’ second line, with Mark Scheifele and Mathieu Perreault. “It’s incredible to now be in a playoff race because that’s why everyone plays the game.
“Thirtieth-place team, sometimes frustration creeps in ... You can tell this team is extremely well prepared. Even in a morning skate they are on point and there’s a lot of communication and I can only assume in games it’s even more.”
Myers, at 6-foot-8, was easy to spot, taking the place of Zach Bogosian, who was also traded, alongside Toby Enstrom on the blue line.
“It makes things a lot more exciting,” Myers said. “Given the position we’re in right now, it’s going to be tight down the stretch. This is what we play for. It’s exciting for me, definitely, coming from the position we were in.”
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
He welcomes a fresh start after all the drama that fueled his exit from Winnipeg.
But first and foremost, after talking to Sabres general manager Tim Murray, Kane sees the opportunity that lies ahead next season after he recovers from his shoulder surgery.
"Once I talked to Tim and talked to my agent [Craig Oster of Newport Sports], there’s a lot of excitement for the future in Buffalo," said Kane. "Just looking at next year, they’re going to get a top pick and that’s exciting. Just to have one of those two guys maybe to play with next year, plus the other young players on that team. The sense I got from Buffalo is that, yes they’re rebuilding but they’re not going to sit around and wait. They’re looking to do something now. It’s nice to go somewhere where you feel wanted and you feel that they want to put you in a situation to have success."
Buffalo Sabres general manager Tim Murray talks about acquiring Evander Kane from the Winnipeg Jets.
"... One of the most dynamic players in the National Hockey League." That's Tim Murray, GM of the Buffalo Sabres.
Kane deal done
Myers Stafford Armia Lemieux and first for Bogosian and Kane
Jason Kasdorf a goalie from RPI also goes in deal
added 11:48am, from TSN,
The Evander Kane era in Winnipeg has come to an end as part a blockbuster eight-player deal with the Buffalo Sabres.
The Jets traded Kane, Zach Bogosian, and unsigned goaltending prospect Jason Kasdorf to the Sabres on Wednesday in exchange for Tyler Myers, Drew Stafford, prospects Brendan Lemieux, Joel Armia and a first-round draft pick.
According to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, the first-round pick will be the lowest of the three that Buffalo currently owns.
added 12:46pm, Winnipeg Jets release is below...
added 1:00pm, Bufalo Sabres release now below too...
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Could you feel your ears ringing from another time zone? I know I did. Dustin Byfluglien's overtime winner lifted the Winnipeg Jets over the Minnesota Wild in a key playoff race showdown Tuesday night, igniting a celebration at MTS Centre unlike anything we're seeing around the NHL.
Honestly, the hockey gods must deliver the playoffs for the Jets this year. We need to hear that crowd in a postseason setting. And what a shot by Byfuglien to win it, a ripper of a wrist shot to the top corner on Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk. In honor of that goal, take a look at the Byfuglien Bash video made last month by the Winnipeg Free Press that just rocks. The Jets have picked up five out of six points since the Evander Kane incident rocked the team, and perhaps it's something that will bring them closer together.
More tough tests await with a game Thursday night at Nashville and Saturday at Detroit. That was a huge win Tuesday, though, with the Jets now seven points ahead of Minnesota and the playoff danger zone.
read on for Burnside on the Ducks, Joe MacDonald on the Bruins and more topic too...
added 11:08am, from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
It’s no secret Kane feels he’s trapped in a fishbowl. Rumours are magnified in such a small, hockey-mad market. He will definitely tell interested teams a change of scenery equals a changed man.
That’s why teams will be interested. If true, you’re the proud owner of an effective, powerful forward.
“Jeff Carter is a talented guy who needed direction, to be shown the way,” one scout said. “Now he’s a different player on and off the ice, a real leader on that team. You wouldn’t have said that previously. I see real similarities between those guys.”
Can Evander Kane convince teams he can do it, too?
-Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet where you can read much more on Evander Kane.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Huge sigh of relief in Winnipeg as the Jets finally put an end to a six-game winless streak, and ending that happened to coincide with the tempestuous departure of Evander Kane, first from the team in Vancouver after an altercation with teammates and then the team in general as a shoulder injury that will require surgery has cost him the remainder of the season.
The Jets managed to take a step beyond the controversy by beating the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday, winning 5-3 after blowing open a close game with a four-goal second period. The two points helps the Jets strengthen their grip on the first wild card spot in the Western Conference and should help the team regain some equilibrium.
GM Kevin Cheveldayoff still has to figure out what to do with Kane, or rather when is the most opportune time to dispose of Kane for good. In the meantime, the Jets have something called 'the playoffs' to consider.
read on for more topics from the ESPN hockey writers, including LeBrun on Boston/Montreal
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
Unquestionably, if the Jets wait until then, there will be more teams in a position to make an offer. That's conventional wisdom. But Kane-ventional wisdom suggests the Jets may pay a penalty for the delay.
Even if the Jets had a healthy and happy Kane in their lineup, they were looking for more depth up front, especially on the wing. Winnipeg had been looking at Toronto's Daniel Winnik and reportedly called Ottawa on Chris Neil, though it's believed Portage and Main is on Neil's list of 15 places he can't be traded to.
Taking Kane out of the lineup for the rest of the season leaves a significant hole. The great misnomer is because Kane was playing on the "third line" he's a "third liner." The 30-goal man's numbers have been in decline for a couple of years now, though many write that off as a by-product of injury. Nevertheless, Kane still logged quality minutes amongst the Jets' forwards this season.
The point is there is some pressure on the Jets, more than ever in their brief history, to make the playoffs. It's been there all year long but the fact Winnipeg has, aside from a recent losing streak, played so well, the post-season expectation has risen, become even more tangible.
Teams interested in Kane now are likely to test Cheveldayoff's resolve and/or patience by offering packages weighed more heavily with here-and-now help than future considerations to see if he bites.
from Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press,
For sale: One left-winger with a bad shoulder and a bad attitude. Line forms to the left.
What do you mean you want to exchange pesos for dollars? And no, we don’t take rubles.
Kane’s agent Craig Oster let the first bit of air out of the tire Friday evening, admitting there had been talks about potential trades over the past few seasons. Other sources later confirmed the information.
While the news Kane had asked to be moved was no shocker, the timing of this leak piles on to a soap opera that opened this week with the player playing 20 minutes in Calgary and ended Friday with Kane electing to have shoulder surgery.
In between, Kane broke the team dress code at a meeting in Vancouver and then had his clothes thrown into a tub of water by veteran teammate Dustin Byfuglien. A healthy scratch and three days of screaming headlines and Kane had enough.
When, according to his agent, surgery was again offered as a solution to a previous shoulder injury, Kane said yes and ended his season.
Kane, according to his agent, had been offered surgery prior to the season. The fact he only opted to go forward with the operation after Tuesday’s doings is impossible to ignore.
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