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from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun,
The Winnipeg Jets are officially on a skid, kicking off a six-game homestand with another brutal first period and getting a well-deserved, 4-1 spanking at the hands of the Dallas Stars as a result.
That’s three straight losses after a pair of season-opening wins, and while that may be a good poker hand, it’s a loser’s deal in sports.///
(Evander) Kane’s theory on what’s troubling the Jets since opening the season with two wins: too much thinking.
“We’re focusing maybe a little bit too much on what everybody’s saying, and what the X’s and O’s are,” he said. “We just need to go out and play hockey. We’re hesitant... caught flat-footed. And you’re not doing anything when you’re in between.
“It’s better to make a mistake trying to do something than be tentative. We just need to relax a little bit, but at the same time, if that makes sense, be a lot more intense.”
It's not always the goale who is responsible for the bad goal of the night.
Zach Bogosian with a terrible turnover and before Ondrej Pavelec could blink, Corey Perry buries the 'thank you' goal.
from the Winnipeg Free Press,
The Finnish Flash hinted this morning this game might be a little easier for him than his "first" return in December 2011, when adoring Winnipeg fans celebrated him, booed his teammates and cheered the Jets on to a victory that night.
"I had a chance to come two years ago and that was unbelievable," Selanne said after this morning’s skate downtown. "I don’t really expect anything like that tonight, but it’s fun to be here.
"I almost hoped I wouldn’t have to come back here because that was an absolutely perfect night. We lost, but it was something I was always going to remember.
"This place is so nice, the fans unbelievable. I’m very happy I have a chance to come back one more time."
via the CP at TSN,
Maple Leafs general manager Dave Nonis was taken to the hospital after feeling "unwell" during Saturday night's game, according to a team spokesman.
Nonis was feeling sick during the second period and saw team physicians at Air Canada Centre.
"As a precaution, (Nonis) was asked to go to the hospital for further testing," a Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment statement released Sunday read. "He has progressed very well overnight and is expected to be discharged today."
Here is the Steve Downie hit which caused the Roman Josi concussion.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
As far as first impressions go in this young NHL season, Jacob Trouba certainly opened some eyes.
The 19-year-old rookie blueliner from Michigan played a whopping 25:02 in his first NHL game on Tuesday night. Oh, and he had a goal and an assist with a plus-2 rating in Winnipeg’s season-opening win at Edmonton.
But what impressed me the most was the poise he played with.
"We certainly hope that that trend continues, and that’s what we saw in preseason," Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff told ESPN.com Friday. "And he got better every preseason game. He played high minutes in each of those games. The coaching staff tried to expose him in preseason to the other team’s best players to try and gauge where he was at. That was good. And obviously the first game, you don’t want to get too far ahead of yourself, but it was nice for all parties involved to see, for sure."
continue for more on the Jets, plus some Tim Thomas talk, Leafs, Senators and Canadiens too...
from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,
“It’s time for us to get in the playoffs and kind of show people what we can do and get to the big stage,” said Jets left-winger Evander Kane. “I’m a guy who likes to perform on the big stage and likes the big show. It’s time to get there and perform.”
The Jets’ stated goal was to make the playoffs in the first two seasons back in Winnipeg and they didn’t shy away from those lofty expectations.
Until you believe you can take the next step, it’s impossible to do so.
Yet belief is only part of the equation.
The Jets must make the daily commitment required to build a winning program, putting in the work and making a concerted effort to bringing one’s best each and every day.
Raising the standard is what elite teams do.
from Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press,
It's right there in black and white in the National Hockey League's coaches' handbook:
Don't gush too early and too much about rookies until the real bullets start flying.
And so it was late Thursday -- not long after the Boston Bruins' 3-2 overtime victory over the Winnipeg Jets -- when Claude Noel clamped down hard on his tongue while offering, then tempering, his praise of young defenceman Jacob Trouba.
"For a 19-year-old player I think he makes good decisions, he plays hard, he plays a lot of minutes and makes a lot of good decisions," said the Jets' boss. "There's some good stability in his game."
Asked if he had done enough to earn a spot as one of the team's top six defencemen, Noel added:
"That will be determined, but it's hard to believe... well, it's hard to say. For me, he looks good right now."
Actually, "good" doesn't begin to describe Trouba's play, particularly over the past two games. He was arguably the best of the Jets again Thursday -- goalie Ondrej Pavelec was pretty darn steady, too -- in racking up 23 minutes and 28 seconds of ice time and blocking two shots. There were some miscues, as he did finish minus-1 and was charged with two giveaways, but he played a lot of minutes in a variety of situations and looked comfortable.
from Melissa Martin of the Winnipeg Free Press,
The off-season was a rough one, as the plunging salary cap choked the free agent market and left many battle-worn NHL journeymen hunting for work. A bunch of them still are.
While that was going on, White retreated to his family's off-season home in Kenora. He tucked offers from Europe into his back pocket and waited, if a little nervously.
"Getting closer to camp, it seemed like there was hardly anyone being signed," he said. "The cap going down threw a big monkey wrench into everyone's plans."
So now, for a veteran of five NHL teams and 503 regular-season games, a new plan: White will battle to make the cut. The Jets have 18 blue-liners in camp, with seven on one-way NHL contracts already and few spots up for grabs. There's also Zach Redmond, who appeared to solidly install himself with the big club before his horrific leg injury last season and talented youngsters Jacob Trouba and Julian Melchiori will push for their NHL chance.
A pro, though, can't get caught up worrying about all of that.
more inlcuding a few thoughts on his time with the Wings last season...
"I think Evander Kane has come leaps and bounds for me in a lot of ways. The focus is always on a lot of things in the off-season, anything to write about. I don't have any concerns with him. I see a huge change in him.
"I saw it last year. I've seen it through the summer. I've seen it both on and off the ice and I've really liked what I've seen. He's very focused. I think he's matured. This is part of the process. The problem is we're under a microscope and that's a little bit of an adjustment for a young player, a young man. I like a lot of what I've seen and I'm very excited to have him play this year. I think he's got a lot to play for and I certainly know one thing, he wants to have success."
-Claude Noel, head coach of the Winnipg Jets on Evander Kane. More on the Jets from Tim Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press.
In a way I feel bad for Evander Kane who met with the Winnipeg media today to talk about the traffic ticket issues he had.
On the other hand, just pay the tickets and stories like this would be avoided.
from Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press,
Evander Kane said he is back in Winnipeg to make news for his hockey exploits, not unpaid traffic tickets.
And so the Jets winger said Thursday he has taken care of a pair of outstanding tickets after the Manitoba government filed a Court of Queen’s Bench motion to garnishee his wages in an attempt to recoup $650.80 in fines and costs. The tickets came after Kane was charged on June 4, 2012 for "using a hand-operated electronic device while driving a motor vehicle." That $249.80 ticket went unpaid, leading Manitoba Public Insurance to put a hold on his licence.
continued inlcuding video of Kane talking about the issue today...
from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,
Olli Jokinen has heard the doubters and insists he’s not done.
The Winnipeg Jets centre believes he still has plenty of gas left in the proverbial tank.
“I think I’m going to have five, six big seasons left,” said Jokinen, who was among those to hit the ice at MTS Iceplex for an informal skate on Tuesday morning and addressed the media for the first time since last season. “I’m not nearly as done as you guys probably think. I have a lot of years (left). I’ve been playing a long time and I still think I can play five, six years at this level — easily.”
A year ago, Jokinen was a big free-agent addition for the Jets, inking a two-year deal worth $9 million.
The expectation was that he’d take over as the No. 1 centre but that plan never materialized.
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