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from Bartley Kives of the Winnipeg Free Press,
All of Winnipeg’s major arts organizations are suffering at the gate during the first fall season in 15 years to see the likes of opera, ballet and theatre face off against the National Hockey League.
In what’s being described as an unprecedented situation, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Manitoba Opera, Winnipeg Art Gallery and Royal Winnipeg Ballet are experiencing disappointing fall seasons as walk-up attendance falls short of expectations….
While the arts administrators do not draw a direct correlation between soft sales and the return of the NHL, they said it would be foolish to ignore the attention devoted to the league’s heavily anticipated return to a city desperate to watch hockey again.
“We’re all thrilled the Winnipeg Jets are back, but the entertainment dollar is the entertainment dollar. There is only so much of it,” said Manitoba Opera’s Desrochers.
Andre Deveaux of the New York Rangers and Zach Bogosian of the Winnipeg Jets each face NHL disciplinary hearings today for incidents that occurred in separate games Wednesday night.
Deveaux received a match penalty for a hit to the head of Florida’s Tomas Fleischmann at 10:59 of the second period.
Bogosian will have his hearing for a hit on Washington’s Cody Eakin at 9:21 of the 2nd period. Bogosian was not penalized on the play.
You can watch the Bogosian hit below and Deveaux hit here...
A fanned shot from the point by Pronger leads to a shorthanded goal for the Jets.
Here kid, have my stick.
“I’m pretty sure good people, beautiful people live in Winnipeg. I’m pretty sure passionate fans. I didn’t mean it and I don’t want to offend anybody. I just I sincerely apologize if I offend somebody, fans in Canada and Winnipeg. I didn’t mean it to be honest.”
-Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov.
Today Bryzgalov apologized for the statement he made when it was a possibility the Coyotes could be moving to Winnipeg, remember?
“Not many people live there, not many Russian people there,” he said at the time. “Plus, it’s cold. There’s no excitement except the hockey. No park, no entertaining for the families, for the kids. It’s going to be tough life for your family.”
more from Paul Waldie of the Globe and Mail
from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,
It’s not often a 5-2 loss to the Florida Panthers serves as a demarcation point for a franchise, but that’s exactly what happened to the Winnipeg Jets a week ago.
After losing to the Panthers and looking putrid doing so, the Jets were booed off the ice by their own fans. The same fans, incidentally, who waited 15 years for the NHL to return the way a spinster pines for marriage and who hadn’t seen the team in action at home in more than two weeks.
It was then the Jets stopped being cute and cuddly. And now if the team has any hope at all of making the playoffs in their first season back in Manitoba, they have to establish an identity beyond being the former Atlanta Thrashers, beyond being the new novelty act in the NHL, beyond being Canada’s seventh team.
Yes, NHL hockey belongs in Winnipeg. We all get that. Now it’s up to the Jets to prove they belong in the NHL.
from Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press,
Despite having moved to Winnipeg and taken on a new name and colours, the Atlanta Thrashers still, unfortunately, exist.
But a renewed campaign to permanently extinguish them is upon us.
Management and some players in the Winnipeg Jets dressing room have seen enough of the Thrashers’ way of doing things and are now intent on eliminating any remaining DNA.
Management doesn’t like the approach the group takes, as evidenced by recent comments from coach Claude Noel.
“We have to raise our standard of existence. We have a low standard of ourselves. That’s what we are right now,” said Noel. “That’s part of trying to change your identity.”
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.”
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.
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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