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After a review, Blake Wheeler has his goal.
The Winnipeg Jets and Pittsburgh Penguins engaged in a pair of fights last night, with Evgeni Malkin fighting Blake Wheeler and Tom Sestito fighting Chris Thorburn:
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
For what it’s worth, and it’s not much, I didn't like the Malkin hit on Wheeler. I like to think I like hitting in hockey as much as anyone, but Malkin's hit struck me as unnecessary. The puck was gone. Outside of fulfilling the time-worn “finish your check” mantra or protecting the sky-is-falling chorus of “there's going to be no hitting in the game,” I'm not sure what purpose Malkin's hit served, especially weighed against the contact to Wheeler's head.
But I have also come to realize everyone's threshold for this type of hit is different, and if the GMs on opposite sides of the debate haven't figured it out yet, I don't like our chances for resolving it here today.
I get that Jets fans are angry, and I wouldn't want to be dismissive of them, though let's be honest: How many of them would be outraged if it had been Wheeler who hit Malkin in that fashion?
much more and also discussed the Trouba hit on Stone...
Watch the Malkin hit below...
Two minute interference call on Malkin plus two for roughing in the dust up.
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.
Blake Wheeler vented his frustrations after a crushing loss to the Sharks, calling out Alex Stalock for a bad play outside of the crease.
Wheeler received two for tripping and the Jets lost to the Sharks 4-1.
Now watch the play below...
A stick and pucks caused a few bloody moments last night.
Jaromir Jagr takes a stick to the face.
Two more incidents below...
from the CP at TSN,
Teammate Blake Wheeler suggested today a little good-natured banter on Twitter has turned into another excuse to pile on Winnipeg Jets forward Evander Kane, after Kane responded to Wheeler's comments the talented young forward could step up his play and be a leader this season for the Jets.
Wheeler said Kane was just making a joke that was misunderstood and misinterpreted by "Winnipeg folks" and the media once again.
Wheeler repeated that he believes Kane is a player who has the ability to help the Jets get to the next level as they try once again to reach the playoffs in 2014.
Ouch, and Wheeler did return but you can imagine he may be a bit sore today.
As summer draws to a close, Winnipeggers are hungrier than ever for hockey. The chance to host the best in the game has Jets fans salivating – especially those lucky enough to get season tickets.
The Winnipeg Jets were busy on Monday signing seven players including right-winger Blake Wheeler to new contract. Wheeler signed a two-year deal worth $5.1 million total.
TSN also notes six other players were signed by the Jets today.
A look around at the Southeast Division teams in action tonight:
Atlanta at Buffalo
If Rick Dudley is deciding between buyer and seller mode, this might just be the game to shove him swiftly in one direction or the other.
Atlanta has been in a tailspin in the new year, with just three regulation wins since we said farewell to 2010. Currently, the Thrashers have lost seven out of their last eight and are just 2-10-4 in their last 16.
They sit five points behind eighth place Carolina and are tied, points-wise, with tonight’s opponent, though their meeting with Buffalo becomes is that much more pivotal with the Sabres having two games in hand on Atlanta.
New faces Blake Wheeler and Mark Stuart, acquired last week from Boston, will each play in their second game as a Thrasher tonight. Both made an impact in their Atlanta debut in Edmonton Sunday, despite the team’s 5-3 loss, with Wheeler assisting on an Andrew Ladd tally and Stuart scrapping with J-F Jacques in the second period.
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Zack Hamill and Blake Wheeler collision.
via Fluto Shinzawa of Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,
Blake Wheeler has been awarded a one-year, $2.2 million arbitration award. The decision was made today following Wheeler’s arbitration hearing on Tuesday in Toronto.
Wheeler has yet to sign a contract for the award, but that is considered a formality.
from James Murphy of ESPN Boston,
The Bruins and restricted free agent Blake Wheeler have apparently reached an impasse in contract negotiations and it appears that the matter will have to be solved in the winger’s scheduled arbitration hearing tomorrow in Toronto.
Wheeler’s agent Matt Keator, e-mailing from Toronto on Monday morning, told ESPNBoston.com that Wheeler will be meeting him there later in the day to prepare for a hearing.
“I am in Toronto and Blake is flying in today,” Keator said. “I am anticipating arbitration tomorrow.”
Do remember, teams will be waiting to see how some of the arbitrations go. Teams may just walk away, allowing the player to become an unrestricted free agent.
So if you are expecting some trades this week they may not happen. I feel teams will still be quiet until the arbitration hearings are completed.
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
...there’s a good chance that if Wheeler (11-9 -20, plus-19 in 33 games) continues to produce at his current rate, he’ll earn some extra cash to tack onto his $875,000 base pay.
Wheeler is in line to hit three $212,500 Individual A bonuses: scoring at least 20 goals, finishing among the top three Bruins in plus-minus, and making the All-Rookie Team. Wheeler is on pace to score 27 goals. He is second on the team in plus-minus, trailing only Marc Savard (plus-20). Among rookies, Wheeler is tied with Toronto’s Mikhail Grabovski with 20 points, trailing Columbus’s Derick Brassard (25), Chicago’s Kris Versteeg (25), and St. Louis’s Patrik Berglund (21). Brassard dislocated his shoulder last Thursday and is expected to miss the rest of the season.
more on the Bruins
via Brian Hunter of NHL.com,
(Blake) Wheeler had already scored a goal early in the first to give the Bruins the lead when he broke in with teammate Dave Krejci on Blues goaltender Manny Legace—or at least he thought. The University of Minnesota product ending up putting on a spin-o-rama move to notch his 11th of the season.
“I initially was looking to make a pass back to Krejci,” Wheeler said. “He kind of abandoned me. He went off for a change and the only thing I could do was react. There was a guy coming at me and I just kind of reacted. I got lucky.”
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
(Blake) Wheeler and linemates David Krejci and Michael Ryder have combined to be the Bruins’ most dangerous offensive threesome of late. Wheeler has a goal in each of the last two wins. Krejci has at least 1 point in the last six games. Ryder potted two goals against the Islanders and added two assists against Detroit.
All of that production comes with a rookie playing an unfamiliar position.
Before this season, Wheeler had played mostly center and right wing. But with the Bruins having less depth on the left side, they auditioned the righthanded-shooting Wheeler on his off wing during training camp. Coaches and management liked what they saw and have shown no hesitation in showcasing the rookie as a left wing during the recent hot streak.
“I think it gives us a little more luxury in moving guys around,” coach Claude Julien said. “At the beginning of the year, the question mark was whether we were going to keep him and where we were going to play him.
From Brian Costello at The Hockey News,
The fact Wheeler finally made the NHL four years later and is having an impressive offensive impact (six goals and eight points in 13 games with Boston) says a lot about the Coyote scouts who insisted the team take him in the No. 5 spot.
“The kid is going to be a star,” Phoenix hockey operations vice-president Dave Draper said after the 2004 draft. “Sometimes you have to pay a higher price than you’d like or what people would think, but we think we have a real gem.”
According to Bruins Blog, Blake Wheeler will be on the Bruins roster and it is likely Peter Schaefer has been waived.
from the Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,
Blake Wheeler, the highly-sought winger from the University of Minnesota, has advised his agent to finalize terms of a contract with the Bruins, a two-year deal that won’t be made official until July 1, in keeping with NHL bylaws that govern the movement and signing of unrestricted free agents.
From Larry Brooks in the NY Post,
The Rangers New York Rangers spent yesterday romancing a free agent right wing, and his name isn’t Jaromir Jagr.
Rather, even as No. 68 told The Post that he hasn’t spoken to general manager Glen Sather since the May 6, post-elimination breakup day, the Blueshirts were attempting to entice 21-year-old Blake Wheeler into signing an Entry Level deal with the club.
Wheeler was drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes in 2004 and recently turned down their offer of an entry-level contract at the maximum allowable salary.
– Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that Blake Wheeler, selected by the Coyotes in the 2004 Entry Draft, has rejected the Coyotes contract offer and will become an unrestricted free agent.
“We offered Blake a contract which was both commensurate with his draft position and far exceeded any guaranteed contract he can receive, under the current CBA, with any other team,” said Maloney. “He has decided, however, that becoming a free agent is in his best interest.
“We are very happy with the compensatory pick we will receive for Blake not signing, which will be the fifth pick in the second round. This is a very deep draft and we now have five picks in the first two rounds, which is very exciting.”