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Afternoon Line- Paul Maurice

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Nikolaj Ehlers Off To A Great Start For The Winnipeg Jets

from Ted Wyman of the Winnipeg Sun,

Throughout his first five seasons with the Winnipeg Jets, winger Nikolaj Ehlers always showed blazing speed, a strong understanding of the game and flashes of brilliance, but you always had the sense that there was something even more dynamic to come.

So far this season, Ehlers has taken all of his hockey attributes to a new level.

The 24-year-old from Denmark is playing his best hockey through six Jets games so far and it’s not just about his impressive offensive numbers — four goals and three assists.

Ehlers is showing tremendous confidence in handling the puck, in backing down defenders as he makes zone entries at high speed, in trying creative things to make passes, in diving to get his stick on pucks at both ends, in finding a scoring touch.


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Winnipeg/Columbus Trade

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added 11:26am, Winnipeg press release is below.

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Right Decision Made To Play This Season

from Sam Thompson of GlobalNews,

Jets owner Mark Chipman told 680 CJOB that resuming play despite the uncertainty of the pandemic was the right decision to make, although he agrees with Bettman that it’ll be a costly one for the league’s 31 teams.

“It’s pretty simple arithmetic. You know, as a league, more than 50 per cent of our revenues come from the game itself — from the attendance at games and the ancillary revenues that are produced at a game. And we’re going to be without those this year,” Chipman said.

“So the commissioner, I think, (was) just trying to be honest and direct that we would have been far better off not playing from a financial perspective. Having said that, I think it was the consensus of the league that we were better off forging ahead.

“It would have been very, very difficult to not play in many respects. So I feel like we’ve made the right decision, but it’s going to be a costly one.”


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Those Trade Demands In Columbus And Winnipeg

from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

This just in: no one wants to play in Columbus or Winnipeg.

Once again, that’s the perception going around the NHL following the latest reported trade demands of Blue Jackets centre Pierre-Luc Dubois and Jets forwards Patrik Laine and Jack Roslovic.

If you’re a fan of either team, it can’t be easy to hear that three first-round picks, all under the age of 25, all want a so-called “change of scenery” so early in their careers. At the same time, it’s nothing really new. Whether it was Evander Kane and Jacob Trouba, or Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky, or even Teemu Selanne and Rick Nash, both franchises have had a difficult time keeping their star players happy.

Now, it’s Laine and Dubois — the No. 2 and No. 3 picks of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft — in addition to Roslovic, who was the 25th overall pick in 2015, who are counting the days before moving on from their respective cities.

Make all the jokes you want about the weather and lack of entertainment options. How there’s nothing to do in Columbus. How there’s even less to do in Winnipeg. But for fans who are on the outside looking in, it makes no sense that Laine and Dubois — and to a lesser extent Rosolovic — would want out.


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Afternoon Line- Patrik Laine

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Paul Stastny May Be Headed Back To Winnipeg

from Jason Bell and Mike McIntyre of the Winnipeg Free Press,

The Winnipeg Jets are closing in on a deal that would see Paul Stastny brought back into the fold.

Multiple sources told the Free Press late Thursday night the veteran centre, who had a short but sweet stay in Winnipeg two seasons ago, is believed to be returning just as Friday's free agent frenzy is set to kick off.

The Vegas Golden Knights need to trim salary to get under the cap, and the Jets are desperate to find someone to play up the middle on the second line behind No. 1 centre Mark Scheifele.

In that sense, it's a potential match made in hockey heaven. An announcement was expected as early as Friday morning.


added 11:16am, It is official, Winnipeg release is below.

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Dale Hawerchuk Has Passed Away At Age 57

from John Kreiser of NHL.com,

Dale Hawerchuk, the leading scorer in the first iteration of the Winnipeg Jets and a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, has died, his son Eric announced over Twitter on Tuesday.

Dale Hawerchuk was 57 and had stomach cancer. The forward was a six-time 100-point scorer for the Jets and helped make them a consistent Stanley Cup Playoff team during the 1980s. He held the franchise career records for goals (379) and points (929) until Shane Doan, captain of the Arizona Coyotes and the last member of the original Jets still active in the NHL, surpassed them during the 2015-16 season. By then, the relocated franchise was concluding its 20th season in Arizona after moving from Winnipeg in 1996.

Hawerchuk was a star almost from the time he began playing competitive hockey at age 4. He played junior hockey with Cornwall of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and had 103 and 183 points in his two seasons, helping the Royals win the Memorial Cup each time.

The Jets took Hawerchuk with the No. 1 pick in the 1981 NHL Draft and he was an instant star, winning the Calder Trophy as the top rookie in the NHL after scoring 45 goals and 103 points in 1981-82 and becoming the first player to reach 100 points as an 18-year-old. The Jets improved by a then-NHL record 48 points from the previous season, finished second in the Norris Division and qualified for the playoffs for the first time.


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Paul Maurice And Matthew Tkachuk On The Mark Scheifele Injury

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

Well, truth be told, if there’s a chance that superpest Matthew Tkachuk went into what looked like an innocuous collision with Scheifele in the first period of the Flames’ 4-1 win over Winnipeg with the intention of trying to slice the back of Scheifele’s leg open, then anything is possible. And after the game, Jets coach Paul Maurice made no effort to hide his feelings that that was exactly what Tkachuk did.

“It was intentional,” Maurice said of the Tkachuk hit. “It was a filthy, dirty kick to the back of (Scheifele’s) leg…(Tkachuk) went after the back of (Scheifele’s) leg. He could have cut his Achilles (tendon). He could have ended a man’s career. It was an absolutely filthy, disgusting hit.”...

For his part, Tkachuk said the hit was, “such an accident.” Tkachuk said he saw Scheifele turning away along the boards and went in for a hit and his left leg collided with Scheifele’s left leg. “I feel terrible,” Tkachuk said. “He’s a top player in the NHL and somebody I’ve come to know the last couple of summers training with Gary Roberts and he’s such a great guy. Just a top player in the league and it’s not good for the game when somebody like that isn’t in the game. It was very unfortunate and unlucky and such an accident and I feel terrible about it.”


Watch the incident below if you missed it last night.

added 11:08am, Below, watch Paul Maurice after the game.

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Injury Report For The Winnipeg Jets


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