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The Pieces are Falling Into Place

It seems the affairs of the Winnipeg Jets are quickly being settled. Today the team announced the hiring of Assistant Coach Pascal Vincent. Vincent has spent the past 12 seasons in the QMJHL as coach of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles and the Montreal Juniors. In that time, Vincent amassed an impressive 429-313-87, also serving as GM of both teams throughout his career in the Q. Vincent sounds like a good pick-up for the Jets, especially with a core of younger players that may need some guidance.

So while head coach Claude Noel will be getting some experienced help behind the bench, I wonder whether Winnipeg boy/ex-Manitoba Moose captain/three-time Stanley Cup winner Mike Keane might get some consideration for a role in the Winnipeg Jets organization. He was extremely popular with fans when he played with the Moose, and proved to be stalwart leader in the dressing room. He has played with guys on the Jets roster (Jason Jaffray, Rick Rypien) as well as a pile of guys who went on to play with the Vancouver Canucks. Keane and Jets goaltending coach Wade Flaherty also played on the Moose together.

There was certainly an uncomfortable feeling amongst Moose fans when Keane’s contract wasn’t renewed last summer by management – rather than look elsewhere for work on the ice, Keane retired. In February of this year, his number was raised to the rafters by the Moose organization in a touching ceremony. It would be nice to see Keane back in the fold in some capacity, and it would be a hugely popular move here in Winnipeg (whatever that’s worth).

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That’s It - Back To Winnipeg!

Well what do you know, KK has a Jets blogger quicker than the official Jets logo has been released.

Help me welcome Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson to the KK family.

-Paul


Well, hi there – my name’s Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson, and I’m thrilled to be your newly-appointed Winnipeg Jets blogger here at Kukla’s Korner. Yes, the NHL is back in Winnipeg, with a new arena and owners, but with the old team’s name. Should I take my Hawerchuk jersey in and have his name replaced with Bryan Little’s? I’m a bit confused here.

For better or for worse (probably worse), I’ve decided to call my little corner of the Kukla’s Korner blogosphere Benny and the Jets. It’s horribly corny, I know – especially if, like me, you have memories/nightmares of Benny, the old Jets mascot. What was Benny anyways? Expect a similarly corny banner graphic to go with my corny blog title in due time. Hopefully I’ll be able to incorporate the new Jets logo/colours in there somehow.

 

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Another #9 In Winnipeg?

from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,

Some might call it a bold move for Evander Kane.

As it stands right now, the Winnipeg Jets winger is planning to wear the No. 9 made famous by The Golden Jet, Bobby Hull — provided he can get his permission.

“It’s almost like asking a father for his daughter’s hand in marriage,” Kane told The Vancouver Province. “I’ve read somewhere on Twitter that he had done an interview and said that he wanted me to wear it proudly. I don’t know if that’s true or not. Hopefully, I’ll get a chance to speak to him soon. If he doesn’t have an issue with me wearing it, I’ll do my best on and off to live up to wearing that number. If I have to change, I’ll change.”

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The Grinding Jets

from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun,

In the 1980s we had Dale Hawerchuk.

The 1990s gave us Teemu Selanne.

Even back in the ’70s, Winnipeg had one of the biggest stars in all of hockey, Bobby Hull.

Household names, all of them, known not just here, but around the NHL.

It appears the new, reborn Winnipeg Jets, though, will have no such superstar, nobody to challenge the league’s top scorers, as Ducky, the Finnish Flash and the Golden Jet did in their time.

Give or take a soft pair of hands here, a deft touch with the puck there, the 2011-12 edition figures to be more blue-collar than big-name. Starting with its captain, Andrew Ladd, whose team-leading 59 points ranked just 50th in NHL scoring last season.

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Jets Sign Blake Wheeler, 2 Years

From TSN:

The Winnipeg Jets were busy on Monday signing seven players including right-winger Blake Wheeler to new contract. Wheeler signed a two-year deal worth $5.1 million total.

TSN also notes six other players were signed by the Jets today.

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Will Mike Keane End Up Behind The Winnipeg Bench?

from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,

Could the Winnipeg Jets be turning to Mike Keane to round out their coaching staff?

With news that Ray Edwards has declined the opportunity to be an assistant under Claude Noel, there’s still at least one opening on the staff and multiple sources told The Sun on Wednesday that Keane is interested in getting behind the bench for his hometown team.

Prior to having his jersey retired by the Manitoba Moose in February, Keane hinted he was open to getting into coaching should the right opportunity arise and former Montreal Canadiens bench boss Jacques Demers believes Keane would be a natural.

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More to Come on Realignment

From Scott Burnside at ESPN:

Despite Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold’s assertions to a local radio station earlier this week that the realignment question has been all squared away and the Winnipeg Jets would join the Minnesota Wild in a new Central Division, the relocation issue is far from being resolved.

An NHL source told ESPN.com on Wednesday it was premature to suggest any decisions have been made on how the NHL will look a year from now. Multiple sources have also told us the relocation of the Atlanta Thrashers to Winnipeg will give the NHL an opportunity to rethink its entire structure, so the realignment question will not be resolved until all parties have had their say.

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More discussion on the issue of NHL divisions was also posted earlier today.

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Eric Fehr Shocked at Trade

From Dan Steinberg at DC Sports Blog:

“It was actually a shock to me,” he told Toronto’s 590 The Fan on Tuesday. “I didn’t really know I was really being shopped around or anything like that. I just got a call from the Caps GM George McPhee, one day, and he told me I had been dealt, and he told me I’d been dealt to Winnipeg.

“Obviously I was sad when I heard I was being traded — I have a lot of friends in Washington and I’ve been there a lot of years and I really enjoyed my time there. But when he said Winnipeg ,that made it feel better pretty quick. This was just something that I think they ran out of room under the salary cap in Washington, and then some players were gonna get squeezed out and I was one of them. It’s not like I was specifically saying I wanted to come to Winnipeg or whether I wanted to be moved at all. It was just something that they felt needed to be done, and it ended up working out for me.”

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Capitals Trade Eric Fehr to the Jets

From NHL.com:

Eric Fehr, who scored 43 goals over the past three seasons for the Washington Capitals despite playing mostly on the third and fourth lines, was traded to the Winnipeg Jets on Friday for minor-league forward Danick Paquette and a fourth-round pick in the 2012 Entry Draft.

The trade is conditional on Fehr—who was born in Manitoba and continues to make a home there during the offseason—passing a physical with Winnipeg by 5 p.m. ET on Monday.

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Winnipeg’s Moves So Far

From Ryan Kennedy at The Hockey News:

I wonder if in all the excitement of a “clean slate” and “starting over,” the folks at True North Sports threw out too many Thrashers with the bath water. The franchise had a respected veteran NHL GM in Rick Dudley and a coach to match in Craig Ramsay. They were replaced by a team with far less elite experience. Save for two years as the assistant GM of the Chicago Blackhawks, Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff’s resume is all AHL, as is his assistant GM’s, Craig Heisinger. Their choice for the Jets’ first bench boss was Claude Noel, whose only NHL head coaching experience came in 2009-10 as the interim bench boss in Columbus for 24 games.

Now it is true that simply recycling old talent is no guarantee of success, but it’s a bold move handing an NHL team over to an entirely AHL crew.

With all the best free agents already picked off, Winnipeg has yet to sign a signature player. The team has approximately $43 million committed to 20 players next year, meaning the Jets must spend $5 million more just to get to the salary cap floor. Re-signing restricted free agents Blake Wheeler and Zach Bogosian will get them there, but was this team moved across the continent to be a cap floor franchise?

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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