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from Ted Wyman of the Winnipeg Sun,
Frustration was evident among the Winnipeg Jets and their head coach Monday, a day after the team suffered its fourth straight loss during a demoralizing start to the NHL season.
They are struggling to score, haven’t managed a single power play goal in five games and have lost the last four by at least two goals during a 1-4 start.
It’s the kind of rocky beginning that prompts the coach to drop an F-bomb in his media availability, an assistant captain to suggest the team has no idea how to handle adversity and the reminder to be delivered that what is discussed in the locker-room stays in the locker-room.
Asked how the team can fix the maddening inconsistency problem that has persisted since it first arrived from Atlanta, defenceman Mark Stuart said: “I know you guys ask how because you want to keep the conversation going but that’s something we’ve got to figure out in here.”
If you missed Paul Maurice post-practice yesterday, you can watch it here.
added 2:41pm, Below, watch Paul Maurice post-practice. Not a happy coach.
from Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press,
Has it already gone sideways? Five games in? Maybe. It will now take a four-game winning streak to climb above .500 and it won't happen on this homestand. With Carolina, Tampa Bay and Colorado still to come before the Jets hit the road next, the best this group will be able to call itself is .500 when they climb on the charter for Long Island and the now-incredible Islanders.
"You're trying to get things going the right way. Looking at your record isn't really productive," said Jets captain Andrew Ladd, who has one assist on the season. "You want to start simplifying and doing the little things properly and that will lead to results."
Ladd insists the Jets are better than a 1-4 team.
"We know there's a lot more in here and this is a time to help each other out and build your teammates up. To try and stay positive. But that doesn't mean you can't be pissed off at the results," he said. "It's OK. People can ask (if we're a bad team.) That's part of playing in the market we're in. We're going to be under a lot of scrutiny. That's part of being a pro, blocking that out and sticking together and knowing what we have in here and having confidence in that."
from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,
It certainly didn’t take Dustin Byfuglien long to work his way back into the top-six forward mix.
After Evander Kane suffered a knee injury early in the first period of Thursday’s 6-2 triumph over the Phoenix Coyotes, there was Byfuglien taking the majority of minutes alongside Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler.
It’s a trio that was used a bit last season after Jets head coach Paul Maurice took over and figures to present some interesting challenges, should the unit stay together because Kane is on the shelf for a substantial amount of time with the injury.
“Any time you’re on the ice with those two, it’s a pretty simple game,” said Byfuglien. “You just go to the net and those two will do the rest.”
from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,
Kane was doing his best to stay onside and Scheifele didn’t see him and went barreling into him, making hard contact with Kane’s right knee.
Kane was down on the ice writhing in pain, before he was helped to the bench.
After coming back for one shift during a Jets’ power play, Kane made his way to the dressing room for further evaluation and didn’t return.
“I’ll give you lower-body and we’ll find out a lot more (Friday),” said Maurice. “I don’t know. He’s going to have to go see the doctors and we’ll get a better idea. He was moving after, so that’s a positive. We’ll see.”
When asked specifically if Kane would require an MRI to reveal the full extent of the damage, Maurice was noncommittal.
“I don’t know what the doctors will do to him, but whatever they want to do to him,” said Maurice.
more on the Jets win over Arizona...
You can watch how the injury happened at TSN.
The Winnipeg Jets announced they have acquired goaltender Peter Budaj and forward Patrick Holland from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for forward Eric Tangradi.
“I think if you sit Evander down and have a one-on-one conversation with him, I’d guess the people that would probably say a lot of those [negative] things about him, their minds would change because they realize he is a kind person. He is a good guy, and I think he’s just a little misunderstood. I think he’s handled [criticism] great. Not a lot of personal stuff gets to Evander. I’ve played with him for six years now, and it’s something that everyone’s entitled to their own opinion.”
-Zach Bogosian of the Winnipeg Jets on Evander Kane. More on the Jets from Bogosian at Sportsnet.
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
Kane is his own man though. He couldn’t care less what people think.
“Why do those other leagues have more success in terms of marketing their players? Their personalities?” he asks. “Hockey is the sport that I love, but it’s also the entertainment business. The ice is a stage. When I’m in front of the cameras it’s a stage. Fans come to the building to be entertained. They read the newspapers to be entertained. They listen to the radio to be entertained. If you are mindful of that, maybe me winning money in Las Vegas and being excited about it — like anyone else would — isn’t the worst thing in the world.
“There is that (humble) reputation in hockey,” he admits. “But I think now you’re starting to see some diversity in personalities. The way social media is now … just the spotlight being on you so much. I think it’s going to benefit everybody.”
If “everybody” doesn’t include all the people here who cringe every time they hear Kane is making another headline, then perhaps he is right. At 23 he is a genuine first-line left-winger, an absolutely chiseled stud at 6-foot-2, 198 pounds....
The young man is all hockey player. He should own this town. But every time they open their heart to him he puts them on call waiting. It’s as if there is another NHL city on the other line talking to Kane’s heart, 24-7.
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