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from Paul Waldie of the Globe and Mail,
The Winnipeg Jets managed to look more like a soap opera Thursday than a hockey team fighting for a playoff spot with drama coming on several fronts.
It all started shortly after the team’s morning skate when forward Evander Kane appeared before reporters looking contrite. Kane, who leads the team in scoring with 18 goals, had been benched briefly during Winnipeg’s 5-3 loss in Boston on Tuesday and he was called out publicly after the game by head coach Claude Noel for poor play.
“It’s something I have to deal with and I have to be better,” Kane said Thursday looking downcast. He added that he had not spoken with Noel since the Boston game. “The coach’s job is to do what he thinks is best for the team and I want to be able to contribute and I want to be able to help the team out…I need to better, I know I can be better and I will be better,” Kane added.
When Noel appeared before reporters later he blamed the media for provoking him into the comments.
Johnson received two for roughing while Evander Kane receive a double minor for roughing.
from Kirk Penton of the Winnipeg Sun,
Ondrej Pavelec was frustrated with his forward teammates on Tuesday night, and his feelings hadn’t changed much on Wednesday afternoon.
The Jets starting netminder was not pleased with Winnipeg’s offensive attack during their 3-2 shootout loss to the New York Islanders on Tuesday night at MTS Centre. He voiced his displeasure after the game and didn’t back down when asked about it again after Wednesday’s practice.
“I just said what I felt,” Pavelec said. “It’s not easy to score a goal in this league, and we just threw the puck away in their zone. We’re practising every day what we’re supposed to do, and we just don’t do that. It was bad to see it. We were just shooting for a rebound, and nobody’s driving to the net.”
Al Montoya left the game and Kane received 2 for goalie interference.
A follower on twitter told me he compares it to the Tootoo hit on Miller. What do you think?
added 9:52pm, The Jets also had a video tribute of Selanne which you can watch below…
Alex Ovechkin scored very late in the game to give the Caps a 1-0 victory.
Jets coach Claude Noel’s media conference post-game had a feel of a college lecture than the normal press conference we are used to.
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.”
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