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From Gary Lawless at the Winnipeg Free Press:
A police report, expected to be released in the next 48 hours will state Winnipeg Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien passed a breathalyzer test administered by Hennepin County Sheriff’s department police officers.
Byfuglien submitted to a breathalyzer test but refused to provide a urine sample when asked, according his lawyer Mitch Robinson.
Byfuglien was arrested on suspicion of boating while impaired and refusing a test.
Despite the clean breathalyzer, charges are still likely to be laid, as per Mike MacIntyre in yesterday’s Winnipeg Free Press.
Anxious Winnipeggers couldn’t have asked for much more from their rookies and prospects at the Young Stars tournament in Penticton last night. All that was missing from the Jets’ near-perfect 4-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks prospects were the official uniforms (the team wore white modified practice jerseys).
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from Ted Wyman of the Winnipeg Sun,
“I’m here for a reason,” Bogosian told Global TV Winnipeg Monday morning at the MTS IcePlex. “That’s because I want to play here, I want to be here.”
Both Bogosian, a restricted free agent defenceman, and the Jets have said all summer they want to get a deal done — today’s words were nothing new — but as the beginning of training camp creeps closer, a few fans have been starting to get nervous.
“I wouldn’t come here if I didn’t want to be here,” he told Global. “I’m not obligated to be here until actual training camp. The fact is I want to come in here before camp and get into a routine, get to know some of the new people that I (didn’t) meet last year. It’s good to get into a little bit of a routine.”
Many people have seen and heard the trade rumours, though most of them have been preposterous (like Bogosian for the overpaid underperformer Scott Gomez).
The first glimpse of the Winnipeg Jets’ return to the ice goes down at 7:30 Pacific time (9:30 Central), as the rookies/prospects take on the San Jose Sharks’ youngsters in Penticton at the Young Stars Tournament. To watch the game, visit the tournament’s site for live streaming.
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from Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star,
Members of the Winnipeg Jets are finding home-hunting in their new city a tad frustrating, and eye-opening, as they settle into town on the eve of training and rookie camps.
Evander Kane, for example, told reporters in Winnipeg that his search went through 13 places, more than he expected.
The problem is that while pro athletes earning seven-figure salaries tend to seek higher-end dwellings, Winnipeg only has so many to offer.
Allan Asplin, team leader of Judy Lindsay Team Realty in Winnipeg, says the Jets’ concerns with the local real estate market are, well, real.
“People tend to hang onto higher-end homes here, there’s not a lot of them on the market,” Asplin said. “As far as rentals go, when we get a high-end rental, we can put it up on the market, and within an hour, we have five or more people very interested ... there’s a lot of interest if you have a nice place to rent.”
With the regular season home opener a month away, the Winnipeg Jets continue to tweak their roster, albeit with modest changes. Yesterday the club announced they’ve signed former Leafs/Canucks/Sharks (and Blues, although he never played a game for them) centre Kyle Wellwood to a one-year, $700,000 contract. Seems like a relatively safe pick-up for the Jets – Wellwood can surprise with bursts of speed and some pretty slick stickwork.
via the Winnipeg Free Press,
The Winnipeg Jets have dipped into the remaining pool of NHL free agents to grab veteran centre Kyle Wellwood, signing him to a one-year $700,000 contract.
A 28-year-old former draft pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs (134th overall in 2001), Wellwood has appeared in 373 NHL games with the Leafs, Vancouver Canucks and San Jose Sharks. He split last season between the KHL and the Sharks, heading over to Russia after failing to land a roster spot in a tryout with the Phoenix Coyotes. He appeared in 35 games for the Sharks last year, scoring five goals and adding eight assists.
The Jets have not confirmed the signing, but his name did appear on the team’s roster on its website Thursday before being removed.
Military personnel, multiple Royal Canadian Air Force aircraft in the background, security checkpoints out the wazoo and members of the federal government on hand in the crowd – it had all the makings of an election campaign appearance or an announcement of new fighter jets for the military.
Instead, we got our hockey team’s jerseys. From the back of that massive Hercules strolled Nik Antropov, Andrew Ladd, Mark Stuart and Eric Fehr, looking like an awkward boy band as they emerged through the smoke and blue light to some heavy guitar riffage.
The jerseys consist largely of two shades of blue. The primary navy blue base of the home dark jerseys is referred to as “Polar Night Blue” which is found on many of today’s Royal Canadian Air Force planes, including the Dash 8. The lighter, secondary blue is called “Aviator Blue” which is similar to the historical colours by used the RCAF, including traditional RCAF flags and the jerseys of the 1948 RCAF Flyers. The jersey also features the previously unveiled primary logo on the front, with the secondary logo placed on the shoulders of each jersey.
“We wanted to create a look that worked well with Reebok’s modern and innovative “Edge System” uniforms,” said Kevin Cheveldayoff, Executive Vice-President & General Manager of the Winnipeg Jets. “However, it was also vitally important to us to honour the rich history of hockey in our city, and fit the era of the Royal Canadian Air Force which inspired the primary crest design. The result is clean, simple and traditional.”
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
An NHL general manager once said of Dustin Byfuglien: “I don’t want a player with bigger (breasts) than my wife.”
read onMornlin if you want Simmon’s opinion on NHL fighting and the recent deaths…
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