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Jets Coach Tells It Like It Is

from Kirk Penton of the Winnipeg Sun,

If you think you’re a frustrated fan of the Winnipeg Jets, try being their coach.

Claude Noel is no longer Mr. Nice Guy. The honeymoon is over. The bench boss’ frustration level has reached new peaks after Thursday’s dismal 5-2 home loss to the Florida Panthers, which was Winnipeg’s fourth setback in a row.

“I’m a pretty black-and-white, up front guy. So this is what we are,” Noel said after Friday morning’s practice at MTS Centre. “We’ve spoken to each other, and this is what we’ve said, and right now this is unacceptable. This is not what we’re going to be about moving forward. You may think this is what we are, but it’s not going to get shaped this way. This is not going to go. This is not what I want, and this will not be the representation that we’re getting. It will get going in the right direction.”


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Jets Have Their Good And Bad Days

from Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press,

They spent almost two weeks on the road, visiting seven cities in four states. Broke bread together. Went to battle on the ice together. Won some, lost some and gave us a sampling of what the 2011-12 Winnipeg Jets are all about.

“You know,” said Jet winger Chris Thorburn during the trip, “winning is contagious and I think we’re learning about ourselves and gaining confidence as games go on. What I like is everyone is contributing in different ways and the more we can play like that, the more success we can have.”

Good point, that….

Consider this, then, the six things we learned about the Jets while they were away…

NO LEAD IS SAFE- From the confounding department: this Jets team must learn—absolutely must—how to close down teams when they have them by the throats. Four times against the Sabres they blew leads, including a 2-0 advantage in the first that was wiped out in all of 11 seconds. They led 5-1 in Philly, trailed 7-6, blew an 8-7 advantage and then won 9-8. They blew a 2-0 lead against the Panthers before winning in OT. Developing a knockout punch when an opponent is on the ropes would help. But learning how to cover up and not get counter-punched is paramount.


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Byfuglien’s Slow Start Topic Of The Day

from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,

The head coach of the Winnipeg Jets spent a good chunk of Monday’s meeting with the media defending the play of Byfuglien, who has been subject to plenty of criticism in the early stages of the season for his limited production and routinely getting caught up ice and out of position.

“He likes playing defence and I don’t think he sees himself as a forward,” said Noel. “If you want to go down that road, that’s an area I’m not prepared to go right now. We’ll keep him playing defence. There are some things he can give us back there. Right now, I’m not entertaining the thought of moving him up front.”

Byfuglien was at the rink for Monday’s optional skate, but didn’t go on the ice and wasn’t around to speak with reporters by the time the room was opened up for interviews.

Byfuglien seems to be frustrated by his play and it’s clear he’s trying to work through it.


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Jets Defeat Flyers 9-8

I normally don’t point to game recaps, but if you missed the game, it was a wild one.  Every time I was about to change the channel, someone scored.

from Paul Waldie of the Globe and Mail,

Seventeen goals, three goaltending changes, one blown-four goal lead and countless crazy bounces. Throw in a hero goal in the last minute and it’s hard to believe this was a game involving the Winnipeg Jets. But it was and the Jets managed to hang on, just barely, to beat the Philadelphia Flyers 9-8 to in front of a cranky crowd at the Wells Fargo Center.


added 10:39pm, video highlights below…

added 1:18am 10/28/11, I’ve also added a 2nd video with just the goals below….

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More Consistent Calls Needed

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The area of inconsistency undermining the NHL isn’t supplementary discipline as applied by VP Brendan Shanahan, but rather initial discipline as determined by the league’s referees.

Seriously, one night Ryan Callahan is called for goaltender interference on the Island for kind of brushing against Evgeni Nabokov on a play going nowhere, but a few nights later nothing is called against the Penguins’ Matt Cooke in Winnipeg for knocking aside Ondrej Pavelec while a goal is being scored by Zbynek Michalek.

What’s the standard?

One night, Brandon Prust is called for boarding in Vancouver for having the Canucks’ Andrew Alberts fall down into him while finishing a check at the slightest touch.

But a couple of nights later, Cory Sarich gets away scot-free in Calgary for nailing Brad Richards from behind in front of the Rangers’ bench—not far, coincidentally, from the spot on the ice where Curtis Glencross concussed Chris Drury a couple of years ago.

What’s the standard?

The game continues to get faster. The NHL’s referees have not kept up.


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Byfuglien Pleads Not Guilty

From the CP via CBC:

Winnipeg Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien has pleaded not guilty to charges related to an alleged impaired boating incident.

Court documents with the Hennepin County court in Minnesota show not guilty pleas were entered to all four offences.

Police stopped a boat driven by Byfuglien on Lake Minnetonka in August.

Court documents say the 26-year-old passed a breathalyzer test but a police drug recognition expert concluded he was under the influence of drugs.


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Winnipeg Coach Not Happy With Team Play

from Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press,

Winless in three tries and in a terrible nosedive to open the season, the Jets are both perplexing and vexing their boss. And the man who stepped up to the podium following Sunday’s optional skate at the MTS Centre looked and sounded nothing like the jovial sort who entertained everyone prior to the historic Oct. 9 opener.

“If I look at the three games and the way they went… are we achieving to the level that I think we should be? The answer would be no, we are underachieving. We are way below the bar,” Noel said Sunday in a tell-itlike- it-is autopsy of his club.

“Why is that? Why are you, an NHL player, playing like an American league player? And it’s not one or two, it’s more than that. What has happened between last season, training camp and the start? Where did this go sideways? You can’t tell me this is what we are, because if anybody was enthusiastic about the season, I was. I believe we can be a playoff team.

“But we don’t look like one now.”

read on

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Still A Mess In Phoenix

from Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press,

Hey Mayor Scruggs, hope the $50 million you’ve poured into the Phoenix Coyotes was worth it.

You kept your team, we got ours. It’s all good.

You get to sit in your private box and watch your team tangle with the Winnipeg Jets tonight.

Pricey tickets, for sure, but according to you, hockey is the key to economic survival in the desert. Well, we’ll take your word on that because surely you and your council know what you’re doing—betting on professional sports to prop up one of the most depressed economies in the U.S.

Here we are folks, back at the scene of the crime and all the usual suspects, from Scruggs to Cactus Phil Lieberman to Ed Beasley, are still in the picture.

They continue to try and peddle the Coyotes to some rube willing to pay over $200 million for a franchise worth less than half that, while agreeing to keep the team in a place that will never work as an NHL market.


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Shane Doan Welcomes The Jets

from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,

Saskatchewan-born, Alberta-bred, B.C.-trained, Doan is as Western Canadian as canola and cowboy boots. He can’t forget where he came from because to do so would defy his DNA. He remembers what it was like to be 19 and playing in the NHL and admits that Saturday, when Phoenix plays host to Winnipeg for the first time in their twist-tied existence, there will be a tug at his heartstrings. “A surreal moment,” he says, knowing that at 35 he is the last Coyote with a link to the original Jets. “It was the team that gave me the incredible opportunity to play my first NHL game. I don’t take that lightly.”

But neither should his attachment to the Coyotes be dismissed. As their long-standing captain, Doan has had to address family members, teammates, Jobing.com arena workers even parking attendants on the on-going saga that has been the team’s quest for a new owner. Single-handedly, Doan has kept the flag flying, hopeful the Coyotes will stay where they are, where he feels comfortably at home.

“You look at Atlanta [whose Thrashers became the new Jets] and you’re almost jealous. It’s over and done with. We’ve had to deal with it for two, three years,” Doan says. “Last year, the hardest part was the playoffs. We’d made it and we were playing Detroit and on the day of the game it was announced when we’re beat out we’re going to be moving. Instead of feeling that incredible excitement, it stole the joy out of what we’d accomplished.


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Jets Should Learn From The Blackhawks

from Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press,

The Chicago Blackhawks are the gold standard in the NHL and the Winnipeg Jets were given a first-hand look at what the elite look like and how they operate on Thursday.

Chicago showed the Jets how things are done on the ice as well as they erased an early 2-0 Winnipeg lead and steamed their way to a 4-3 victory.

The Jets didn’t have enough horsepower to stick with the Blackhawks all night and it underlined where Winnipeg is as a team and an organization right now. They’ve got a plan but it’s far from fleshed out. These Jets will need some patience.

Chicago, on the other hand, just two summers removed from a Stanley Cup romp, are a well-oiled machine with the most expensive of parts.

The Hawks have it all from Norris Trophy calibre defenceman in Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook to an elite forward group that includes Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharpe, Marian Hossa and Dave Bolland.


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