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from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
Garret Sparks has now seen both sides of the NHL spectrum in just 72 hours.
But he vowed not to let the hellish side of the sport get in his kitchen after a 6-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets. The Marlies call-up, who got all the kudos in a 3-0 debut shutout Monday, wanted to take most of the blame Wednesday, but it was a true team effort in that regard for Mike Babcock’s club.
The Leafs’ most lopsided loss of the season came down to an inability to handle the hard-charging, hard-hitting Jets and coming apart at the seams in the third with Winnipeg up only a goal. Dion Phaneuf was a minus-4 and the hot line of Nazem Kadri, Leo Komarov and James van Riemsdyk totalled three shots as part of an 0-for-3 power play.
But say this for Sparks, he’s a quick learner.
“I’m not going to dwell on it, I’ll take it for what it’s worth,” he said after facing 35 shots. “It was my second NHL game, a new experience. It’s a difficult league, you ask anyone who comes in and they’ll take their lumps at some point. I got it out of the way early, I guess.”
Catch the game highlights below...
from Mike Johnston of Sportsnet,
It’s no secret the Winnipeg Jets are a potential trade partner for the New York Islanders, who are actively trying to accommodate Travis Hamonic’s request to be dealt to the West.
However, Elliotte Friedman, who was first to report Hamonic’s situation earlier this month, says there are a lot of moving parts to a potential trade.
“I really believe there’s a deal to be made there between Islanders and Jets for Hamonic,” Friedman told Sportsnet 960 The Fan Monday. “Now, that doesn’t mean it’s going to happen, but I think there’s something there.”
While there is plenty of speculation surrounding the futures of pending unrestricted free agents Andrew Ladd and Dustin Byfuglien, Friedman feels what the Jets decide to do with pending RFA defenceman Jacob Trouba could be a determining factor in a potential deal with the Islanders.
“Everybody talks about Ladd and Byfuglien, but to me Trouba is just as big a deal because he’s heading into the end of his entry-level contract.”
from Tim Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press,
Talks have been held with Ladd and his representatives, but more than a quarter of the way through the season, nothing is believed imminent.
Byfuglien’s camp has been reported recently as saying negotiations had not even begun.
Those two veterans, who could become unrestricted free agents on July 1, 2016, likely top the priority list.
But the Jets have four other regular, young players who will be restricted free agents next summer. Jacob Trouba, Mark Scheifele and Adam Lowry are all coming to the end of their entry-level deals and goalie Michael Hutchinson is also in the last year of his contract.
Given the roles they have, Trouba, the team’s 2012 first-rounder, and Scheifele, the team’s 2011 first pick, will at some point become priorities.
For all of these potential free agents, Cheveldayoff has at least manoeuvred himself into a decent position — he has the most available cap space among the league’s 30 teams, said to be more than US$12 million by nhlnumbers.com.
Below, watch how the injury happened.
from Paul Wiecek of the Winnipeg Free Press,
Give Bryan Little credit.
On a night Little’s Winnipeg Jets teammates — and even head coach Paul Maurice — were talking about moral victories and the pride of effort in a 3-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues, Little was having none of it.
"It was a better effort but it doesn’t make it any easier to swallow — we lost again," said Little, who had a goal and a team-high four shots against the Blues on a night he was clearly the best Jets player on the ice.
"But it doesn’t make it better — or make this trip feel better — that we put in an effort. Sometimes, it’s just not enough."
The loss to St. Louis sent the Jets home from a much-hyped four-game road trip through the Central Division a perfectly awful 0-4. Add to that two earlier losses — a regulation loss to Philadelphia at home and a shootout loss to Ottawa — and Winnipeg has now lost six in a row.
So yeah, full marks to Little for recognizing the hollowness of any moral victories and seeing his coach’s post-game comments for what they were — the very best efforts of a man trying to find something, anything, positive upon which he can build a turnaround.
"It was absolutely a bounceback (game)," Maurice insisted. "We needed a better result to feel good about it, but certainly it was there."
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from Adam Vingan of The Tennessean,
With the Predators leading the Jets by five early in the third period en route to a dominant 7-0 victory at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday, Jets forward Mark Scheifele shot the puck into the Predators’ net after a blown whistle, a definite no-no in hockey’s unwritten code of ethics.
"It was an offside, and the guy wanted to score a goal on (Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne) and I think we kind of lost it a little bit,” Predators center Mike Ribeiro said. "Physical game, a little bit out of control at the end."
A fracas immediately ensued, with Rinne even leaving his crease momentarily to lend a blocker in defense of his teammates.
“They had six guys on the ice,” Rinne said. "I’m not known for my physical presence, but I just wanted to go out there and see if somebody’s one-on-two or something just to help out.”
Video of the "fracas" is below...
Check this out as Nazem Kadri gets stood up big time by Dustin Byfuglien, but the Maple Leafs forward lived to joke about it after the game.
Patrick Burke explains the decision.
added 12:52pm, before the decision came down today and after his meeting, Byfuglien met with the media, watch below...
If you missed the hit, watch it here.
added 5:15pm, Sportsnet has some different views of the hit too, watch below...
Byfuglien received 2 for elbowing.
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