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from James Turner of the Winnipeg Sun,
Winnipeg Jets star defenceman Dustin Byfuglien has pleaded guilty to careless boating after reaching a deal with Minnesota prosecutors where any alcohol or drug-related intoxication-related charges he faced were thrown out.
Byfuglien entered his plea Monday morning in a Minneapolis courtroom, moments before his jury trial was set to begin.
Judge Ronald Abrams sentenced the Stanley Cup-winning player to 30 days of community service. Abrams suspended 28 of them for a period of a year, leaving Byfuglien to serve two days.
from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun,
...should Pavelec’s agent, Allan Walsh of mega-agency Octagon, have informed the Jets of Pavelec’s crime during negotiations, assuming he knew?
That’s an ethical question a few NHL agents were willing to tackle, Wednesday, as long as they got anonymity.
“If I’m negotiating for an injured player, I can’t sell a team broken goods or a tainted product,” one said. “I can’t sell them week-old chicken. To save face, he would have had to disclose that — if he knew. Sooner or later it’s going to pop up. And if you’re upfront about it, you’ll be able to do damage control.”
Telling the team would probably put a “road bump” in the negotiations — “maybe they wouldn’t have a deal done right now,” the agent said — but it shouldn’t hurt a player’s value, at least not in a situation like Pavelec’s, a first-time offender who didn’t hurt anybody.
“On May 26, 2012, I was involved in a traffic accident in the Czech Republic. There were no injuries. Police arrived at the scene and I agreed to a blood alcohol test. On June 12, my attorney appeared in court on my behalf and submitted a plea of guilty at the first proceeding. The court issued a six month suspended sentence and suspended my driver’s license for 20 months in the Czech Republic. The case will be dismissed in 12 months provided I have no alcohol related violations during this time. I’m disappointed in myself for this error in judgment. I’m thankful no one was injured as a result of my actions. I want to sincerely apologize to our fans, the Winnipeg Jets organization, and to my teammates for any embarrassment this has caused. I’m truly sorry for letting you all down.”
-Ondrej Pavelec of the Winnipeg Jets. You can read a statement from the Jets at their website.
from Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press,
The Winnipeg Jets and Evander Kane’s representatives are working on a long-term contract that could see the player signed for up to six years.
Negotiations are moving at a methodical pace with both sides motivated to strike a lengthy pact and get it completed well before training came according to multiple sources involved in the deal.
Contracts signed by New York Islanders sniper John Tavares and Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel are being used as examples. Both players signed long-term packages coming out of their entry level contracts, Tavares a six-year deal worth $33 million and Kessel a five-year pact worth $27 million.
from Nova Sport (translated),
One of the biggest Czech hockey star Ondrej Pavelec has problems with the law. Well-known goalkeeper in his luxury car crashed and blood was at almost two per mille of alcohol.
For his transgression came from the court an annual requirement and twenty months should not get behind the wheel.
Ondrej Pavelec is the star of the NHL, the world champion and now pirate road of a criminal record. At the May Kladno ride in your luxury sports car BMW M6 does not remember much. Around ten in the morning and crashed because the breath test, he was measured over two per mille of alcohol in the blood.
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Well, here you go, the biggest news of the day…
via Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,
It appears the Winnipeg Jets have lost the services of depth defenceman Arturs Kulda.
Kulda, who turns 24 later this month, was a restricted free agent and has signed with Sibir Novosibirsk of the Kontinental Hockey League, according to the team’s website.
Kulda, a seventh round (200th overall) draft pick of the Atlanta Thrashers in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, had no points in nine games with the Jets last season and six goals and 20 points in 63 games with the St. John’s IceCaps of the American Hockey League.
Okay, now go and enjoy this summer, it will get busy soon enough.
via Winnipeg Jets tweet,
#NHLJets agree to terms with Kyle Wellwood
from Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press,
Second thoughts? Heck, yeah, Tim Stapleton has had a gazillion of them.
But when a guy’s phone is silent 10 days into NHL free agency, it can be a sign. And so as much as he wanted to stay in Winnipeg with the Jets, the lukewarm response he got after becoming an unrestricted free agent—and the league’s continuing fixation with size—meant the 5-9 forward had to begin looking elsewhere for work.
Elsewhere, in Stapleton’s case, is Dinamo-Minsk in the KHL.
“Last year in Winnipeg was the absolute best for me,” said Stapleton Wednesday when he was reached on a golf course near his home in Chicago. “It was by far my favourite year in my career. I’ve played in Europe, I’ve done a lot of things and been all over the minors, but the fans in Winnipeg and the support, the guys on the team… it’s sad for me.
“It wasn’t an easy decision. I even woke up today thinking, ‘Man, what did I do?’ But it’s just something that made sense, especially turning 30 (next week). I’ve got to look out for life after hockey.”
via Nick Kypreos tweet,
Hearing soon to be former #Flames Olli Jokinen and Winnipeg #Jets closing in on a multi year deal.
via Darren Dreger tweet,
2 year deal, $9mil for Jokinen in Wpg. $4.5 aav
from Kirk Penton of the Winnipeg Sun,
It was, at times, a tough first season in the Manitoba capital for the 20-year-old, who was still young enough to play in the WHL last winter but was instead in his third NHL campaign. He was dogged by off-ice issues in the early going, but he bounced back to finish with 30 goals. Not bad for a youngster.
Now, however, the Vancouver native is about to become a restricted free agent if the Jets can’t get his signature on a new contract by Sunday morning. Other teams would then be able to offer Kane a contract, but the Jets would be able to match it. If they don’t match it, the Jets would get draft picks in return, the number depending on how much the contract is worth.
It’s hard to picture the situation ever getting that far, even though there always seems to be plenty of drama when it comes to Kane….
He obviously deserves plenty more than than the $900,000 salary, $90,000 signing bonus, the $250,000 bonus he got for 30 goals and any other perks he might have received for his play. Give him a good chunk of money ($3 to $4 million per) for a few years, and by the end of that deal the real identity of Evander Kane will be known.
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