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NEW YORK (March 6, 2016) – The 2016 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic™ next season will feature the Winnipeg Jets and the Edmonton Oilers in an outdoor regular-season NHL game at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg on Sunday, Oct. 23.
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The Hockey Central at Noon crew takes a look at some comments the Florida Panthers co-owner had to say about Andrew Ladd.
from Kirk Penton of the Winnipeg Sun,
Getting rid of Ladd now gives the Jets a chance to slide down the standings, which is the polite way of saying they should tank. He's a good player and the team's captain, and saying goodbye to him now will make the Jets worse than they already are and give them a high draft pick.
While some might be hesitant to get rid of the captain and the only player who is scoring goals right now, the bottom line is the Jets aren't going anywhere with him. He's part of the core that came to Winnipeg from Atlanta five years ago and continues to disappoint. Sure, they made a run to the post-season last year, but let's not forget this group still hasn't won a playoff game.
Some of the players in the Thrashers core are solid as individuals, but together they've proven time and time again they can't get the job done. Their goaltending is sub-par, they are giving up way more goals than they're scoring – the signature of all those terrible Thrashers teams – and too many nights they come out with the fury of a tranquilized puppy.
from Gary Lawless of TSN,
The Winnipeg Jets may not be shopping Andrew Ladd but we’re into semantics at this point, as GM Kevin Cheveldayoff continues to get calls on the availability of his captain. Cheveldayoff may not be doing a lot of talking but he is doing a lot of listening.
Eight days before the deadline, it’s believed at least one team has made an offer of a first-round pick plus a prospect and Cheveldayoff has a list of teams calling about the 30-year-old Ladd.
As many as six teams – Anaheim, Chicago, Florida, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh and Washington – are believed to have interest in him.
“You never know, with the interest this high, you might get more than a pick and a prospect. You might get a player too,” an NHL executive told TSN on Sunday. “The trick now is to not get greedy. If someone offers your price or better, now is the time to take it. The market can work in your favour and get you a high price. But it can also collapse on you.”
from Ted Wyman of the Winnipeg Sun,
The game had a little bit of everything. The Jets outshot the Lightning 13-8 in the first period but found themselves down 3-0. They were down 3-1 in the second when Lightning defenceman Anton Stralman hit off-balance centre Bryan Little in the neutral zone, contacting his head and sending him to the dressing room.
No penalty was called on the play, which incensed the Jets and led first to a Maurice bench minor and eventually a game misconduct issued by referee Francois St. Laurent.
Maurice was asked what he thought about a picture circulating of St. Laurent laughing a he threw the Jets coach out of the game.
“I would say that would then have been consistent with their overall demeanor regarding the incident,” Maurice said.
“I was upset because you work with these guys every day and you care about them and their wives and their families. Little is getting neck x-rayed and I seem to be more concerned about the result of that hit than anyone else.”
more on the Jets who lost 6-5 in a shootout to the Lightning.
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from Ted Wyman of the Winnipeg Sun,
It was the kind of telling statement that makes you wonder just how bad things have become for the Winnipeg Jets.
After the Jets lost 2-1 to the Carolina Hurricanes and generated a measly four shots on goal in each of the first two periods, coach Paul Maurice was prompted to talk about his message to the players after 20 minutes, a message that was clearly not received.
“It didn’t make a difference before the game either,” Maurice said. “It’s the same message.”
It’s a recurring theme of the season. The Jets play well one night, and are lacklustre the next. They talk about needing quick starts and then fail to generate so much as one quality scoring chance through two periods. They turn it on a bit in the third and get a goal – this time from Blake Wheeler – but fall short in a classic case of too little, too late.
They struggle on special teams and allow that to be a major difference in the hockey game.
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
Cheveldayoff’s most important decision will be the future of Jacob Trouba. Like Byfuglien, Trouba is a three-zone, right-shot defenseman.
But while the Jets have a good projection of Byfuglien’s next five seasons, they don’t have the same clarity with Trouba. Nobody does with 21-year-old defensemen. Trouba could develop into Winnipeg’s version of Drew Doughty. Or he could round into more of a muted but still dependable defenseman like Erik Johnson.
Trouba will be restricted after this season. His asking price will start at Dougie Hamilton’s six-year, $34.5 million contract. It will be up to Cheveldayoff whether sinking $18.85 million into three right-side defensemen (Byfuglien, Trouba, and Tyler Myers) is a good investment. If Cheveldayoff can stomach that price, Toby Enstrom could be the defenseman to go. If not, the Jets will reluctantly put Trouba on the market and expect a Ryan Johansen-type return.
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