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from Ted Wyman of the Winnipeg Sun,
There’s a convincing argument to be made that Winnipeg has the loudest, most passionate hockey fans in the NHL right now.
A lot of that is because it’s so new here, but it’s easy to see how much fans at MTS Centre appreciate their Winnipeg Jets and the uber-boisterous excitement is not likely to wane any time soon.
I’m not here to debate whether Winnipeg fans are louder than those in Montreal or Toronto or Vancouver or Chicago or Philly. The fact is, I don’t know that, not having been in any of those buildings yet this season.
What can be said, however, is that Jets fans are making a big impact on what’s happening on the ice and are gaining a reputation across the NHL for their impressive fervour.
via the CP at the Winnipeg Free Press,
Winnipeg’s male hockey fans want a faster way to answer the call of nature.
They’ve started an online petition calling on the MTS Centre to replace the modern single urinals with old-fashioned troughs.
The petitioners say most of the 15,000 hockey fans at games are beer-drinking men who need the bathroom at least once.
They complain male fans have to spend too long in between hockey periods to pee and risk missing some of the action.
The fans say replacing urinals with a trough would mean 10 guys could relieve themselves at a time instead of just four.
At least one petitioner grumbled the current setup means men are being forced to line up “forever” just like women.
Zach Bogosian with a hit on Pierre-Marc Bouchard late in the game. Bogosian also received a ten and game misconduct.
The condition of Bouchard?
This via Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,
Coach Mike Yeo said Bouchard was getting patched up, but an update will come Wednesday. I have heard his face is a mess. Obviously the concern is a head injury because Bouchard has a history of concussions. He returned last Dec. 1 after being limited to one game two seasons ago after his season-ending one three years ago.
First the hit via TSN and below, the Wild broadcasting team make the same call.
from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,
Yzerman said he has no problem with Winnipeg making the claim (Antti Miettinen).
“Not at all,” he said. “If somebody else signed him, depending on the contract, we would have considered claiming him. They were well within the rules and were entitled to do it.”
The rule was put in place in order to stop teams from stockpiling players in Europe (thus circumventing the salary cap) and bringing them back to the NHL when needed. But the flaw is that the team that has done all the work signing the player is at a disadvantage when it comes to keeping him. That is why the Lightning tried to make the contract as unfriendly to other teams as possible by signing Miettinen to a two-year deal with a no-move clause.
“I don’t know if it’s fair or unfair, but there is a flaw to it,” Yzerman said. “I think it needs to be tweaked. Maybe, like, you can’t be claimed by a team higher than you in the standings, I don’t know.”
a bit more
Yesterday was a triple-header for the folks at CBC and as always, their openings are always appreciated by hockey fans.
First we have Vancouver/Ottawa and Winnipeg/Detroit and below are the early and late games.
from Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press,
With the Twitter and trade talk behind him, Evander Kane is creating a new kind of conversation with his all-star calibre play.
The Jets forward has blown up on the NHL scene, with a scorching start to the season that has him 47th in league scoring with 21 points.
His 14 goals are fourth best in the NHL and has people league-wide discussing his potential all-star status.
Kane will need to keep up his pace and maybe even increase it to get the nod but the NHL’s hockey operations types have taken notice.
Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun talk about the soaring Jets and the struggling Capitals.
Burnside: ...they shocked the NHL’s hottest team, the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins 2-1. That was the first regulation loss in 16 games for the Bruins, who look like they have repeat on the brain. But the Jets hunkered down and played tough against the cream of the Eastern Conference. They’ve now won three in a row and seven of their past 10. The goaltending and defense seems to be coming around after some pretty wacky moments through the first quarter of the season. As of this writing, they are but one point out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, and you have to commend Claude Noel for keeping his team on track when they could have gone completely sideways.
LeBrun: ...I’m not sure I’ve heard an NHL crowd that loud or passionate all season than what was on display at the MTS Centre last night. There are going to be growing pains as the Jets build this team, but it’s nights like Tuesday that remind you just why it was the right call to put a team back in Manitoba.
more at ESPN…
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
Matty’s Short Shifts:
• Winnipeg Jets’ Dustin Byfuglien is the most unique player in the NHL, but nobody can convince me he’s a true NHL defenceman. True, he misses the creative Tobias Enstrom, who covers up a lot of mistakes, but Big Buf is a forward masquerading as a blue-liner. Stick him in front of an opposing net and he’s a terror. Play him on the point on the power play with his ripper (100 shots so far this season), but play him on the wing at even strength.
• If Anaheim Ducks GM Bob Murray is actually listening to pitches from teams on Bobby Ryan, he should take a trip down memory lane and ask former Jets GM John Paddock if he’d like a do-over on that trade of a young Teemu Selanne to the Ducks for Oleg Tverdovsky and Chad Kilger. I don’t think that one turned out too well.
much more from Matheson…
“They should support me, maybe I’m one of the reasons they moved here.”
-Ilya Kovalchuk of the New Jersey Devils, responding to the Winnipeg fans who booed him tonight. More on the Devils from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger.
from Bartley Kives of the Winnipeg Free Press,
All of Winnipeg’s major arts organizations are suffering at the gate during the first fall season in 15 years to see the likes of opera, ballet and theatre face off against the National Hockey League.
In what’s being described as an unprecedented situation, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Manitoba Opera, Winnipeg Art Gallery and Royal Winnipeg Ballet are experiencing disappointing fall seasons as walk-up attendance falls short of expectations….
While the arts administrators do not draw a direct correlation between soft sales and the return of the NHL, they said it would be foolish to ignore the attention devoted to the league’s heavily anticipated return to a city desperate to watch hockey again.
“We’re all thrilled the Winnipeg Jets are back, but the entertainment dollar is the entertainment dollar. There is only so much of it,” said Manitoba Opera’s Desrochers.
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