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from Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press,
Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff has been strident in his insistence the Jets will stick to their long term development plan and not trade futures for rental players to help his club chase a playoff berth.
Cheveldayoff has gone even further in suggesting his aim will be to collect draft picks at every turn.
“I’m always going to be trying to acquire assets. I’m always looking to make our team better for the future,” Cheveldayoff said in a recent interview with the Free Press.
The strategy is sound but does get stretched a bit if the Jets continue to stay in the playoff mix.
Can Cheveldayoff peddle soon-to-be unrestricted free agents like Tanner Glass and Jim Slater for picks if the Jets are in the hunt? Normally the trading of key players such as these two would be a signal from the GM to the room that the boss has given up on the current season and has switched to planning for the future.
Cheveldayoff finds himself in limbo right now with his club making a charge for a playoff spot. He must protect the integrity of his roster and his dressing room first and consider offers for the future second. Or try to do both at the same time.
The Jets had a surprise guest for their game against the Bruins last night.
“She” brought them luck too, with Winnipeg beating Boston 4-2.
from Tim Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press,
As for what assets might be in play, Cheveldayoff was predictably vague, but he did say he holds no player on a “pedestal,” making it clear he has no untouchable players on his current roster.
As for what other teams might be asking for, Cheveldayoff stopped the question.
“It’s not just other teams asking about (our young players),” he said. “There are a lot of things that are talked about.”
Including the opposite, he seemed to indicate.
Another thing Cheveldayoff was definitive about Thursday was that he won’t be involved in any “rental-player” deals, where he might acquire a player whose contract runs out at the end of this season.
On the other end of that matter, Cheveldayoff confirmed that he has not been negotiating with any of his soon-to-be-unrestricted-free-agent players about contract extensions.
Those UFA’s are Jim Slater, Tanner Glass, Kyle Wellwood, Tim Stapleton, Johnny Oduya, Randy Jones, Mark Flood and Chris Mason.
My team, playing at home, scores two goals early in the 3rd period to go up 2-0. Then the home team gets a 4 minute power play and
does nothing with it
(sorry, they did score a goal), knowing if the do score, the game is basically over.
Then it happens, home team takes a 2 minute penalty and just over a minute later, a player on the home team plays the puck with a broken stick and is caught.
Now down 3 to 5, but still with a 2 goal lead, you think, ok, kill the 5 on 3 and your team is still good.
But the visiting team scores on the 2 man advantage and 12 seconds later, ties the score on a weird goal.
Of course, the nightmare ends when the visiting team wins in the shootout.
It happened tonight, Winnipeg visiting Washington. Nightmare video below…
from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun,
If anybody can identify with Winnipeg Jets forward Evander Kane, it’s former Jets star Keith Tkachuk.
“I kind of feel for what he’s going through,” Tkachuk was saying from his home in St. Louis, Wednesday. “It’s definitely overwhelming.”
Tkachuk has been reading about the attention Kane has attracted since moving here with the Atlanta Thrashers. And if he sees some similarities to his own days as a Jet, well, it’s because there are a few.
A thick, power forward with a heavy shot and soft hands, Tkachuk joined the Jets from Boston University just before he turned 20, in 1992.
It didn’t take long before the goals and the money were piling up — along with the rumours.
“Being in the spotlight, I definitely wasn’t ready for that,” Tkachuk said. “And sometimes I took advantage of it. But you forget that all eyes are on you.”
Simply put, Tkachuk had a reputation as a guy who didn’t shy away from a party.
from Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press,
But personal differences aside, what has happened to Kane in the last couple of days is absolutely shameful.
Some wiseguy hears a rumour and takes a sign to a hockey game slandering Kane. Someone else takes a picture of the sign and puts it on Twitter and whoosh—the whole thing catches fire. Websites, Facebook pages and Twitter accounts repeated rumour after rumour about Kane on Saturday with no evidence to support the claims. Posts became so inflammatory on the Free Press website Saturday night the comments section was shut down.
Disgusting is only one way to describe it.
The offending sign first appeared at a Jets game in Ottawa last week: “Dear Evander: Please stop walking out on your bills. Sincerely, Winnipeg servers and restauranteurs.”
Kane posted the picture on his Twitter account with the message, “Ha, Ha. What a complete lie this is but I really like the colours on the poster.”
The Jets were refusing comment on Saturday, but in making calls to Winnipeg restaurants I was able to learn that NHL security had conducted an investigation into the matter. A Jets executive confirmed this and stated the investigation came up empty. The folks in the restaurant business that I spoke with had good things to say about Kane.
First, Chris Neil on Luca Sbisa and below is Zach Bogosian on Tomas Kopecky.
Both clean hits, no retaliation, players just got up and continued to play.
from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,
Add Evander Kane to the long list of high-profile NHL players currently on the sidelines with a concussion.
The Winnipeg Jets left-winger came to the Jets medical staff on Friday morning saying he had a headache and has since been diagnosed with a concussion, meaning he will miss Saturday’s pivotal game with the Florida Panthers (6:10 p.m., MTS Centre) and is likely going to be out until after the NHL All-star game.
Kane leads the Jets with 18 goals and is second in points with 31.
“He’s feeling better today, but we’re going to play it day-by-day and see how he’s doing,” said Jets head coach Claude Noel. “It’s part of the game and it’s another injury for me. You have to deal with people being in or out. How long it’s going to be, you don’t know.
“It’s a fairly grey area and you just don’t know what you’re dealing with, that’s the problem. Is it going to be a few days, is it going to be a few weeks, you don’t know.”
NEW YORK (January 20, 2012) – Winnipeg Jets forward Nik Antropov has been fined $2,500, the maximum allowed under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for boarding Buffalo Sabres defenseman T.J. Brennan in NHL Game No. 691 in Winnipeg on Thursday, Jan. 19, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.
The incident occurred at 9:28 of the third period. A minor penalty for roughing was assessed on the play.
The Jets started celebrating a Tanner Glass goal, but Ryan Miller of the Sabres ended the stick-raising quickly.
Winnipeg did win 4-1.
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