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Rumours are a-swirlin’ - is it true that Nikolay Zherdev wants to don a Winnipeg Jets jersey (whatever that might look like) next year? The former fourth overall pick (2003, Columbus Blue Jackets) is said to have a desire to play for the Jets, according to a tidbit out of Russia (article in Russian - Google translate this puppy).
Late Friday is typically when bad news is released, in hopes that it won’t have much traction over the weekend and will be forgotten/out of the news cycle by Monday. So I was initially surprised when it was announced that the Winnipeg Jets logo would be revealed at 4 p.m. CST last Friday. It made a lot more sense when I found out the logo was supposed to be released yesterday, but a grainy cell phone pic of the logo on a t-shirt started making the rounds on the Internet on Friday afternoon. True North decided to take control of the matter, and quickly rolled out the logo later that day. Winnipeggers responded by standing in line to hand over as much money as possible for as many Jets hats and shirts as they could carry.
I thought about firing off a blog the same day (or Saturday) with my reaction to the primary and secondary logos as well as the wordmark, but decided to let it all sink in for a bit instead. I picked up a hat and shirt on Saturday morning from a local sports shop (not the Jets Gear store in the MTS Centre, which had lineups out the door pretty much all weekend), and seeing the logo on an actual piece of clothing changed my opinion - at least on the primary logo.
from Global Winnipeg,
Merchandise bearing the recently-released logos of the Winnipeg Jets continue to fly off the shelves.
Sales of hats and t-shirts emblazoned with the military-style maple leaf roundel and jet fighter image have brought in $200,000.00 since Friday, according to the hockey club. The store has rung in more than 5500 transactions.
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The most popular item, a white Jets hat, has sold out but is going for $66 on eBay.
From the Winnipeg Jets:
True North Sports & Entertainment is proud to unveil today the primary and secondary logos for the Winnipeg Jets Hockey Club which will begin play in the National Hockey League in 2011.
The design for the new logo, which was developed in partnership with Reebok and the NHL, was inspired by the logo of the Royal Canadian Air Force.
“True North Sports & Entertainment felt it was important for the new Winnipeg Jets to develop a strong new identity,” said Mark Chipman, Chairman & Governor of True North Sports & Entertainment. “We felt it was important to authenticate the name Jets and we believe the new logo does that through its connection to our country’s remarkable Air Force heritage, including the rich history and relationship that our city and province have enjoyed with the Canadian Forces.”
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).
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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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