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from Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press,
Winnipeg GM Kevin Cheveldayoff has done strong work with his draft-and-develop plan and there is potential as well as burgeoning depth in his organization.
But it’s clear his NHL group isn’t ready and you can argue they may never be. It’s time to push the whole package along a bit and make tomorrow come quicker.
Blake Wheeler is hitting his prime and playing the best hockey of his career.
Andrew Ladd, Bryan Little, Dustin Byfuglien, Toby Enstrom and Mark Stuart are all in the thick of their careers and at their peak. Evander Kane, Zach Bogosian and Ondrej Pavelec have been in the league for a number of seasons and are approaching their primes.
Only three members of the current Jets should be considered untouchables and they are Wheeler and rookies Mark Scheifele and Jacob Trouba.
from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,
If GM Dave Nonis decides to fire Carlyle (perhaps with a little pressure from Tim Leiweke), and he hasn’t played his fire-a-coach card yet, that might give James Reimer a second (third?) life as a Maple Leaf. A new coach coming in could wipe the slate clean. If Carlyle stays, well, then Reimer and his agent will no doubt be looking for a trade out of town.
The irony here is the same landing spot is a possible destination for either Carlyle or Reimer: The ‘Peg.
After a hot start, the Jets under interim coach Paul Maurice have cooled off faster than that one beer you put directly in the freezer. Maurice has won just three of his past 14 games, including Monday’s five-goal collapse in Anaheim. Ted Nolan is looking more and more like the the only guy who’ll get his NHL interim tag lifted this season. The Jets, 22nd in goals allowed, can’t be thrilled with Ondrej Pavelec (.901 save percentage).
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Watch the holding stick play at the Winnipeg bench which lead to a Jets goal and put them up 4-0.
But the Ducks did come back to win the game as pointed out in an earlier post.
Too bad it is goalie Al Montoya...
Ouch, and Wheeler did return but you can imagine he may be a bit sore today.
Cam Ward with the stick save on Bryan Little.
Earlier today, Jonathan Quick joined the nominees.
from Tim Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press,
In the first renewal window for Winnipeg Jets season-ticket holders, more than 96 per cent of the approximately 4,300 upper-deck seats in the P6 and P7 group of the MTS Centre have been renewed, True North senior vice-president of business partnerships and account services Norva Riddell confirmed Friday.
Those sections originally required a three-year commitment back in 2011 and when the renewal window was open between Jan. 14 and Feb. 21, True North offered those customers another three years, or a longer extension up to six years.
Half re-upped for three years and the other half chose terms between four and six years, Riddell said.
"That was surprising," she said Friday about the choice for extra years. "And we are delighted with that. We just didn't know. Delighted with those results, for sure."
from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun,
The Jets have picked the worst possible time to go into the tank, last night’s 4-2 gift to the New York Rangers the latest example of a team finding different ways to melt down when it matters most.
This swan dive to the regular-season finish line has produced just two wins in 10 games, and only half of them have been without the 20-year-old Scheifele in the lineup....
The Jets inability to lift their game to the level required at this time of year can be reflected in some badly-time scoring slumps.
Evander Kane’s well-publicized drought has reached 11 games, and he’s minus-eight in his last six games.
Blake Wheeler has one goal in his last 13, Devin Setoguchi one in 12.
Zach Bogosian has been a plus player once in the last 11 games.
The old adage about big-time players coming up big in big-time games simply doesn’t apply, here.
from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,
The Jets find themselves in a familiar position as silly season shifts into overdrive, within striking distance of a playoff spot and just three games to play before the 2 p.m. CT deadline on March 5.
But the Jets have got plenty of company in the playoff race, which means the scales currently tip in the direction of teams in selling mode, with asking prices expected to be sky high.
Generally speaking, players who are set to become unrestricted free agents on July 1 make up the majority of those who will be on the move.
It's almost certain the Jets won't be in the market to bring in a rental player.
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