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A Winnipeg couple say they will file a human rights complaint against the NHL for a policy requiring their breastfeeding baby to have a full-price ticket to the upcoming Heritage Classic, even after the league apologized and offered them free tickets.
Clifford Anderson and Shalyn Meady went public with their concerns earlier this week, after learning they would have to spend an extra $400 for their six-month-old son, William, to attend the 2016 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg next month....
On Thursday, Anderson told CBC News that the NHL's vice-president of marketing contacted him to offer two complimentary tickets.
"They were very polite and apologized for the fact that we were unhappy with the situation and offered us tickets, two tickets to the Heritage Classic," he said.
However, he said there were two catches — the couple could not publicize the ticket offer if they accepted it, and he was told similar arrangements would not be offered to other families with young children.
Anderson said they declined the league's offer. Instead, he and Meady want the NHL to change its policy so families can bring children under the age of two to the Heritage Classic game without tickets.
from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,
The Winnipeg Jets and Trouba’s camp have done a nice job of keeping the state of negotiations private, but the fact a deal hasn’t been made yet is getting closer to becoming an issue.
To this point, it’s best to compare the state of negotiations to a staring contest.
Basically, it looks like the Jets and Trouba’s agent Kurt Overhardt are waiting for the other side to blink.
Neither has drawn that final line in the sand and there’s probably still some room to make concessions and how soon they find a way to bridge the gap is likely going to determine whether this gets done in the near future or stretches into early October.
That’s when the threat of a holdout moves from possibility to reality and the closer it gets to the season opener against the Carolina Hurricanes on Oct. 13, the greater chance it becomes a distraction for the Jets.
from Nick Wells of CTV,
A Winnipeg couple is willing to drop the gloves with National Hockey League after they were told to buy a $400 ticket for their six-month-old son to attend the 2016 Heritage Classic game.
Clifford Anderson and Shalyn Meady say they shelled out $800 for two tickets several months ago, and only recently discovered they would need to buy another ticket for their infant son.
The 2016 Heritage Classic will feature the Winnipeg Jets taking on the Edmonton Oilers at Investors Group Field on Oct. 23.
Anderson said he contacted the Winnipeg Jets and was referred to the National Hockey League.
"Everyone needs a ticket and everyone needs a seat, including babies," said Anderson. "That's what I was told."
Watch a CTV Winnipeg report below...
Winnipeg, MB - The Winnipeg Jet Hockey Club announced today that Blake Wheeler will be the club’s new captain with Dustin Byfuglien and Mark Scheifele serving as alternate captains.
Wheeler, 30, has been with the organization for the past seven seasons, serving the last three years as an alternate captain to Andrew Ladd. Wheeler has become one of the NHL’s top forwards, finishing tied for sixth in league scoring in 2015-16 with 78 points (26G, 52A). The native of Plymouth, Minn. has been in the NHL for nine seasons, playing for the Jets, Thrashers and Boston Bruins. Over his career, he has 440 points (173G, and 267A) in 615 career NHL games. Wheeler is fourth all-time in franchise scoring with 330 points (123G, 207A) in 394 games. Blake signed a six-year contract extension with the Jets in 2013.
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
You’ve got to be sure.
Whether the question is, “Is Jacob Trouba a top-pairing defenceman?” Or, “Can I win a Stanley Cup with Sean Monahan as my first-line centre?” an NHL general manager has to absolutely sure he knows the answer before he starts handing out long-term deals to young, restricted free agents on just their second contract.
That is where the Jets are with their unsigned 22-year-old right-shot defenceman Trouba, a player on whom the hockey world is split. He is big (6-foot-3, 202 lbs.), mobile and shoots the puck well. But the question persists when you talk to people around the National Hockey League:
Is Trouba destined to be a top pairing defenceman on a good team? That’s the projection the Jets are facing, as Trouba’s camp is likely asking to be paid and played like a top-pairing defenceman.
Averaging eight goals and 24 points per season over his first three campaigns, the scoring numbers don’t add up to a top-pairing guy. And as one NHL exec asked, “Does Trouba make his teammates better?”
continued plus Johnny Gaudreau mentioned too...
from Scott Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press,
It’s been noted by some media Trouba may be concerned with his role on the team and where he fits in. This is something very real to me — let’s dig deeper.
Good players are concerned about the role they have on the team, and how comfortable they are with that situation is of vital importance. Head coach Paul Maurice finally allowed Trouba to be free of blue-line partnerMark Stuart for some good times last season and the dynamic duo of Dustin Byfuglien and Trouba performed well. That required Trouba to play the left side — not something he was totally comfortable with — but he was obviously happy to play with superb talent.
Trouba said he hoped to play one side or the other — not to be switched back and forth — but I can’t see Maurice guaranteeing any player anything. There may be nights when he needs to spread out the defensive talent over the six spots, relegating Trouba into "Stuart territory."
But for fun, let’s say Maurice guaranteed Trouba would always play in one of the top-four defence pairings with Byfuglien, Tyler Myers or Toby Enstrom. On the surface, left-shooting Enstrom would seem to be the best match, so Trouba could play his natural right-side position. Putting Myers and Byfuglien together, however, would be a disaster.
Therein lies the problem for Trouba. He’s far and away the Jets’ best choice to switch over from the right side. Myers and Byfuglien are hampered by their foot speed and quickness when tight to the puck.
from Jared Clinton of The Hockey News,
So, what’s the issue with getting Trouba under contract? Well, according to TSN’s Gary Lawless, just about everything.
“(The Jets and Trouba are) apart everywhere,” Lawless said on TSN’s That’s Hockey. “They’re apart on money, they’re apart on term and they’re apart on usage. Jacob Trouba doesn’t want to play in the bottom pairing anymore. He wants to play with Dustin Byfuglien or one of the other top four D in Winnipeg. He wants power-play time. He wants to be a big part of what they’re doing in Winnipeg if he’s going to be here for a long time.”
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Trouba wants to be paid what he feels he’s worth, especially if he’s going to sign a long-term deal. Disputes over money and term are common in contract negotiations. However, following the past two seasons, and especially after a 2015-16 campaign in which some felt he took a step back, there seems to be concerns about whether Trouba deserves to be paid like a top-pairing blueliner. The fact of the matter, though, is that barring a trade, Trouba is likely to sign either a long-term deal that pays him like a top-four defenseman or a bridge deal that sees him in line for a raise a few seasons down the road.
More interesting than the debate about money and term, then, is Trouba’s concern about his usage and where he fits into the Jets’ lineup.
from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,
... That's why a bridge of a season or two still seems to make the most sense right now.
If Trouba can continue to log big minutes and increase his offensive production, the Jets will be happy to pay him big bucks over a longer term.
One of the potential problems is that as long as Dustin Byfuglien, Tyler Myers and to a certain degree Toby Enstrom remain in the fold and healthy, there haven't been many power-play minutes available for Trouba, which has an obvious impact on his point totals.
But the Jets appear to hold much of the leverage when it comes to this round of negotiations, so Trouba's options seem pretty straightforward.
Sign a bridge deal and bet on himself to progress and cash in next time or lower his salary demands on a longer-term contract, assuming that's what he wants.
If neither of those possibilities appeal to Trouba, that's where things could get dicey.
Winnipeg, MB - The Winnipeg Jets™ Hockey Club announced today that Anders Hedberg, Bobby Hull and Ulf Nilsson will be the first inductees into a newly created Winnipeg Jets Hall of Fame. The three players were members of the prolific ‘Hot Line’, which, as a trio, led the Winnipeg Jets to two World Hockey Association (WHA) championships in 1976 and 1978, and remains one of the most potent lines in professional hockey history. Members of Hot Line will be honoured in the inaugural Winnipeg Jets Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at the MTS Centre when the Winnipeg Jets play the Toronto Maple Leafs®.
added 5:17pm, Winnipeg release is below...
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