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from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun,
Wheeler has been with this Thrashers/Jets organization for parts of four seasons. Long enough to know that comfort, complacency — call it what you want — can creep in like a mouse finding its way into your basement in the winter.
You don’t even know it’s there, at first.
Then you start finding the turds.
“It creeps in,” Wheeler said.
But not everywhere.
Some organizations seal up their rooms so tight, they keep it out.
“It wasn’t there in Boston,” the 27-year-old said. “Everyone felt like scratching and clawing every day, especially younger guys like myself and some other guys.”
Why are players like that in Boston and not in Winnipeg?
Start with team leadership.
In Boston and elsewhere, the core players simply don’t put up with any slacking. The peer pressure is enormous.
It’s safe to say the Jets don’t have that.
via the Situation Blog at NHL.com,
At 19:14 of the first period in the Jets/Blue Jackets game, the Situation Room initiated a video review because the puck entered the Winnipeg net. The referee informed the Situation Room that Columbus forward Matt Calvert made incidental contact with goalie Al Montoya, preventing Montoya from doing his job in the crease. This is not a reviewable play therefore the referee's call on the ice stands - no penalty, no goal Columbus.
Brian Leetch or Patrick Burke explains the suspension.
After the Jets lost to Dallas today...
from Tim Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press,
"What I say doesn’t matter," said Jets right-winger Blake Wheeler, who tied the game twice with goals 1:55 apart in the second period. "It’s what you do out on the ice. You can blow smoke as much as you want in the media. We’ve been blowing smoke for three years, everyone, myself, everyone that’s stood in front of a microphone in the last three years, we’ve said the same s--t. What do you want me to say? That’s about it. I don’t know what else to say."
After running a home winless skid to 0-3-3, Jets captain Andrew Ladd, only one of three members of the team to speak to reporters after the game, was asked if something drastic has to happen.
"I don’t know," Ladd said. "It’s not my decision to make. But obviously something needs to change."
Plus a game misconduct for this hit on Alex Goligoski.
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
(Evander) Kane hasn’t played since Nov. 29 with a lower body injury, and was off to a seven-goal, 14-point start for the Jets in 26 games this season. More eye-opening has been his behavior off the ice: clashing with Winnipeg coach Claude Noel about the reasons behind being scratched on Nov. 6 against the Chicago Blackhawks, giving short, surly answers to the Winnipeg media and now missing the first half of December with an undisclosed injury.
It certainly doesn’t seem like model behavior from a player that refers to himself as #thenatural on Twitter. But it might also be actions Kane hopes will eventually get him moved to a more desirable NHL destination as the Jets seem understandably reluctant to trade a young 30-goal scorer that’s locked up for $5.25 million per season for four more years beyond this one.
Expect the Bruins to be a team that would be interested in Kane’s service if/when the Jets finally get tired of his act. His combination of size, strength toughness and offensive skill is exactly the kind of player Boston is always looking for on the wing, and the Bruins have the right combination of young assets/valued NHL chips to make a deal happen.
Would anybody take big issue with the Bruins dealing Brad Marchand, Jordan Caron, Malcolm Subban and a high draft pick in exchange for the unhappy Kane if push comes to shove in Winnipeg?
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from Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press,
The Winnipeg Jets are set to celebrate their fifth anniversary in the NHL with an outdoor game in the winter of 2016.
Jets chairman Mark Chipman confirmed Monday the league and True North have agreed to play a Heritage Classic at Winnipeg's Investors Group Field two seasons from now.
"The NHL has confirmed to me they are going to do an outdoor game in Winnipeg. I don't have a specific date to announce but it would be our preference that we do it in the 2015-16 season," Chipman told the Free Press Monday evening in the lobby of the Inn at Spanish Bay. "The date hasn't been confirmed but our preference is to do it then. The league's commitment to doing an outdoor game in our city is fantastic. It's something we've been talking about for some time and it's part of a significant strategy to do outdoor games and it will be great to be a part of it. We just have to firm up some details and hopefully we'll have a date to announce fairly soon."
from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
Lance Bouma clearly eliminated Dustin Byfuglien with illegal body contact that directly resulted in Bouma scoring a short-handed goal. Bouma should have been assessed an interference penalty negating any opportunity to score on the play. The Jets should have then enjoyed a two-man advantage for one minute and forty seconds.
A "pick" is defined as the action of a player who checks an opponent who is not in possession of the puck and is unaware of the impending check/hit. A player delivering a "pick" is one who moves into an opponent's path without initially having body position, thereby taking him out of the play. When this is done, an interference penalty shall be assessed. Lance Bouma got away with a text book example of a "moving pick" when he eliminated defender Dustin Byfuglien and then put himself in position to receive a pass from Matt Stajan and slip the puck past Winnipeg goalkeeper Al Montoya.
read on and watch the goal below...
from Tim Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press,
The three most popular theories for this kind of night where it concerns the Jets are the following:
The officials simply had a bad night. It happens.
The officials feel it's easy to kick the Jets around since they are basically still the new kids of the NHL block. Nobody will mind all that much.
The officials have an intense dislike of Jets winger Evander Kane, who is rarely without an opinion or comment during the games, so Kane and his team just don't get the benefit of any doubt. One NHL official has privately expressed that sentiment to a Winnipeg reporter not that long ago but whether it's real or widespread can't really be verified.
All of that aside, Monday's incidents were more than interesting.
Calgary's Lance Bouma skated directly at Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien on a two-on-two and bowled him out of the way, an interference that provided Bouma's opening to score a short-handed goal.
The play became a virtual wash when Byfuglien scored a power-play goal a few seconds later.
In overtime, with the Jets a man short, Byfuglien was bopped and upended by Calgary goalie Reto Berra as he rounded the net. It was ignored.
And then at the end of overtime, Jets centre Bryan Little said all he did was shake his head at the officials. That earned him a misconduct and an important disqualification from the shootout.
more and you can watch the higlights of the game below via Sportsnet and the Bouma "interference" starts at the 1:00 mark...
from Paul Wiecek of the Winnipeg Free Press,
Noel told reporters Saturday morning following his team’s practice at MTS Centre that Bogosian -- who suffered a lower-body injury late in the second period of Winnipeg’s 3-2 shooutout win over Philadelphia Friday night -- will definitely not play on Sunday in St. Paul and he fears that Bogosian may be out longer than that.
"Bogosian gets further assessment later this afternoon, so he will not be a player in the game tomorrow. And right now I’m not sure he’s day to day -- it’s longer than that," said Noel.
With Bogosian out for at least Sunday’s game and likely longer, Zach Redmond will on Sunday play his first NHL regular season game since the femoral artery in his right leg was cut by an errant skate in a freak accident during Jets practice in Raleigh, North Carolina Feb. 21.
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