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from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun,
If the first time is a one-off and the second a coincidence, the Winnipeg Jets are on the verge of a disturbing trend.
For the second straight game, the Jets were outworked and out-desired by a team below them in the standings, this time in Florida, Tuesday.
The 4-1 loss to the injury-riddled, last-place Panthers was every bit as ugly as a 3-0 beat-down by lowly Washington last weekend, causing some of those deep-rooted questions about this team's makeup to pop up again.
Having fallen out of a playoff spot in the loss to the Capitals, you'd think the Jets would come out hard and determined to start this four-game road trip.
You'd think they'd jump all over a Panthers team that has as much talent in sick bay as it does on the active roster.
Peluso did not return to the game, out with an upper-body injury.
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
The Devils should have had a goal or, perhaps, a penalty shot after Jets defenseman Ron Hainsey grabbed the puck off the left pad of goaltender Ondrej Pavelec and threw it out to the right point during a scramble in front with 6:07 left in today’s game.
No Devils blamed referee Mike Leggo’s clearly missed call, however, for their 4-2 loss to the Jets.
It’s one of those things that I think if you put yourself at the mercy of the referees late in the game, that’s your own fault,” DeBoer said. “We put ourselves in that spot, so it is what it is.”
via Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press,
Winnipeg Jets' defenceman Zach Redmond was taken away by an ambulance this morning after suffering a serious cut to the back of his leg during a morning practice at PNC Arena.
The rookie blueliner was apparently slashed by a falling teammate's skate.
Several players and assistant coaches huddled around Redmond after it happened. Head coach Claude Noel was off the ice when the injury occurred.
Once the players cleared away, a lot of blood could be seen on the ice, and players like Antti Miettinen and Anthony Peluso came off the ice with blood stains visible on their socks and jerseys.
added 1:51pm, via TSN,
"He lost a lot of blood and was probably on the ice for 10-15 minutes as he was being treated before they took him off," said Brian Munz, play-by-play commentator for the Jets on TSN Radio 1290.
"The Jets and Hurricanes medical staff reacted quickly, along with the coaching staff and players present. They kept him as calm as stable as possible."
Jets head coach Claude Noel, whose club takes on the Hurricanes on Thursday night, said it was a "fairly wide cut," but was coherent.
"These things happen," he told a scrum after practice. "We were trying to get our extra players conditioned and it was a one-one-one battle at the net where (Redmond) tripped up and landed on his back and a player happened to step on him.
"He cut him just above the back of the knee. It's a fairly wide cut and he'll need to be taken to the hospital. He lost a fair amount of blood quickly. It looks like it was a vein. They got it tied up and pressure on it, but he'll be fine."
from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun,
The morning after a 3-2 loss to Boston, their third loss in a row and fourth straight at home, winger Blake Wheeler acknowledged things are getting depressing around here.
“What’s happened with our team, we’re just so bogged down by all the negativity,” is how Wheeler began, Monday. “There’s so much negativity. We feel it... and it’s deserving. When you lose games that’s kind of the way it goes.
“But the biggest problem is not that we’re not trying... we’re just suffocating ourselves with all the expectations.”
Wheeler made it clear he wasn’t complaining about all the complaints. Or about having to answer daily questions in a voracious Canadian market.
“We’re supposed to be held accountable. That’s the way the media works and the way coaches work,” he said. “You guys may write it in the paper, but we’re already thinking it.”
from Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press,
Eight days without any points and the Winnipeg Jets find themselves descending the stairs into the NHL’s basement. They’re not quite all the way down but they can see the cellar floor.
In a condensed 48-game season going to sleep for a week can draw the curtains on a team’s playoff sunlight and that has been the case for the Jets.
Three-straight home losses this week and Winnipeg has been stuck at 11 points since Feb. 9th, while much of the league has either moved past them or built on their lead.
The Washington Capitals also have 11 points but sit behind the Jets in the Eastern Conference because they’ve played more games. Only the Columbus Blue Jackets with 10 points have less than the Jets in the NHL.
from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,
"He very much deserves the same level of acknowledgement as Teemu," Jets owner Mark Chipman told Sportsnet.ca in an interview.
That is a strong statement and Chipman knows it.
While Selanne could basically walk across the Red River in the eyes of locals after scoring 76 goals as a rookie with the Jets, Carlyle carved out his reputation with much less flash and dash. He simply gave everything he had for nearly two decades to both the city and whatever hockey team happened to call it home at the time.
It started during parts of 10 seasons as a defenceman with the original Jets and included a stint as an assistant coach before that team packed up for Phoenix in 1996.
Rather than move on himself, Carlyle stayed behind with Heisinger and helped transform the Manitoba Moose into a model minor-league operation. There were seven winning seasons split between two separate stints with Carlyle at the helm as coach and general manager.
"You have to remember it wasn't fashionable to be part of our organization at that time," said Chipman. "He gave us credibility. I owe him a great deal."
from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,
In the afternoon they had arrived at the MTS Centre two hours early to line up in -26 windchill and swirling snow gusts. They came in painted faces and replica jerseys and carried Thundersticks and sang and danced and cheered with sheer delight that the hometown heroes were finally back on the ice and winter could be put back in its proper place.
In the evening, they called in to the radio talk show. Someone wanted an “APB” put out on forward Kyle Wellwood. Another wanted one put out on centre Bryan Little. Both had been invisible, though they were hardly alone among the Jets in turning in weak performances.
The odd fan called for calm, saying it was but one game out of 48, saying the team – the Atlanta Thrashers until fall 2011, when they relocated to Winnipeg – is in a rebuilding phase that will likely take five years. They have good draft picks coming up – six in the first three rounds this June – and it is going to take time.
But other callers were having none of it. They didn’t like the forwards, they didn’t like the defence, they didn’t like the goalie. One caller said he’d wasted $200 on tickets to the home opener.
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