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from Ted Wyman of the Winnipeg Sun,
The game had a little bit of everything. The Jets outshot the Lightning 13-8 in the first period but found themselves down 3-0. They were down 3-1 in the second when Lightning defenceman Anton Stralman hit off-balance centre Bryan Little in the neutral zone, contacting his head and sending him to the dressing room.
No penalty was called on the play, which incensed the Jets and led first to a Maurice bench minor and eventually a game misconduct issued by referee Francois St. Laurent.
Maurice was asked what he thought about a picture circulating of St. Laurent laughing a he threw the Jets coach out of the game.
“I would say that would then have been consistent with their overall demeanor regarding the incident,” Maurice said.
“I was upset because you work with these guys every day and you care about them and their wives and their families. Little is getting neck x-rayed and I seem to be more concerned about the result of that hit than anyone else.”
more on the Jets who lost 6-5 in a shootout to the Lightning.
Watch the hits and a mad Maurice below...
from Ted Wyman of the Winnipeg Sun,
It was the kind of telling statement that makes you wonder just how bad things have become for the Winnipeg Jets.
After the Jets lost 2-1 to the Carolina Hurricanes and generated a measly four shots on goal in each of the first two periods, coach Paul Maurice was prompted to talk about his message to the players after 20 minutes, a message that was clearly not received.
“It didn’t make a difference before the game either,” Maurice said. “It’s the same message.”
It’s a recurring theme of the season. The Jets play well one night, and are lacklustre the next. They talk about needing quick starts and then fail to generate so much as one quality scoring chance through two periods. They turn it on a bit in the third and get a goal – this time from Blake Wheeler – but fall short in a classic case of too little, too late.
They struggle on special teams and allow that to be a major difference in the hockey game.
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
Cheveldayoff’s most important decision will be the future of Jacob Trouba. Like Byfuglien, Trouba is a three-zone, right-shot defenseman.
But while the Jets have a good projection of Byfuglien’s next five seasons, they don’t have the same clarity with Trouba. Nobody does with 21-year-old defensemen. Trouba could develop into Winnipeg’s version of Drew Doughty. Or he could round into more of a muted but still dependable defenseman like Erik Johnson.
Trouba will be restricted after this season. His asking price will start at Dougie Hamilton’s six-year, $34.5 million contract. It will be up to Cheveldayoff whether sinking $18.85 million into three right-side defensemen (Byfuglien, Trouba, and Tyler Myers) is a good investment. If Cheveldayoff can stomach that price, Toby Enstrom could be the defenseman to go. If not, the Jets will reluctantly put Trouba on the market and expect a Ryan Johansen-type return.
more on the Jets and additional hockey topics...
Patrick Burke with the explanation.
via a press release from the Winnipeg Jets,
The Winnipeg Jets today announced they have signed defenceman Dustin Byfuglien to a five-year contract extension with an average annual value of $7.6 million.
Byfuglien, 30, has recorded 32 points (15G, 17A) so far this season while appearing in all 52 games and sits in a tie for second amongst all NHL defencemen with his 15 goals. Byfuglien leads the Jets so far this season in shots (163), penalty minutes (78) and ice time (24:14 per game). The native of Roseau, MN, was named to the 2016 NHL All-Star Game in Nashville, TN where he recorded a goal and an assist for the Central Division team. Byfuglien has been named to the All-Star Game in each of the last four seasons that the game has taken place (2011, 2012, 2015, 2016).
Team to watch over the next month: The Winnipeg Jets. They have to sign or trade Dustin Byfuglien and captain Andrew Ladd and will probably end up moving defenceman Jacob Trouba, who wants more money than they’re willing to pay.
-Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun where you can read a few more hockey related notes.
I imagine the Trouba talk will get the attention of a few teams and many fans. But I can't see the Jets not signing him.
Trouba will be a RFA on July 1st and GeneralFanager has all salary related information on Trouba.
from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,
Winnipeg was up 3-1 after Stafford scored on a wrist shot through traffic at 10:37 of the second. Roy lodged a coach's challenge, arguing that Ladd had interviewed with Varlamov. After the post-video ruling that there wasn't goaltender interference and the goal stood, Roy was livid and drew an unsportsmanlike-conduct minor.
"They (said) Varly bumped into their player," Roy said. "I guess we didn't agree on that part. It was a tough call for sure. From my point of view, it's clear that (Ladd) made a step backward, or at least sideways, and that was just enough to prevent Varly from making the save."
more on the Avs 4-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets.
The Roy incident starts at the :40 second mark of this highlight package video...
Watch Roy post-game below...
from Gary Lawless of TSN,
Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff and Byfuglien’s agent Ben Hankinson are working on reaching a contract extension which would keep the defenceman in Winnipeg for several years going forward.
Most guesses have the Jets and Hankinson discussing a five-year term with an annual average value north of $7-million. Talks have increased in regularity over the last few days and there now seems to be a sense of urgency to reach a conclusion. If a deal is going to be worked out, it could happen in the next week.
With the trade deadline set for Feb. 29, time is getting scarce. The Jets need an answer. And that answer will create a ripple effect across the NHL.
The Jets need to know where they stand. Cheveldayoff’s phone continues to ring and teams say his message right now is his focus is on signing Byfuglien and until there is clarity on that front, the future of Ladd can’t be discussed.
Byfuglien, and his decision to stay in Winnipeg or wait and go to free agency in July, is holding up a lot of people.
Cheveldayoff will be prepared for a number of scenarios....
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