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from Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press,
Sustainable success in the NHL is almost always underpinned by strong team defence. Keeping the puck out of the net comes first for winning teams.
The Jets have been unable or unwilling to grasp this concept for long stretches of play in the three previous seasons they've played in Winnipeg. Paul Maurice declared it his priority No. 1 heading into the off-season and so far his message is being heard.
Maurice wanted his team's goals against to improve. It has and the direct correlation has been wins. The Jets have allowed just seven goals in their last seven games and won six of them while collecting points in each one.
They've shot up the standings from last in the Central Division to third and now own a 7-5-1 mark.
Another key statistic for the Jets right now is Pavelec's save percentage, which bumped up to .924 after he stopped 23 of 24 shots Tuesday against the Predators.
from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun,
A slimmed-down Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec is back in town, saying he's in better shape and can’t wait for the start of training camp.
“It’s been long,” Pavelec said of the summer. “I wasn’t happy last year with the way I played. It’s no secret. I want to help the team every night get the two points. That’s my goal.”...
Pavelec is coming off a disappointing season that saw him rank among the worst NHL starters, statistically, with a goals-agasinst-average of 3.01 and a save percentage of .901.
His record was 22-26-8.
Yet, Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff publicly endorsed him as the No. 1 goalie going into the coming season.
“That helped a lot, for sure,” Pavelec said. “To hear that from a GM gives you the confidence that he still believes (in) you.”
“We got the point and that’s a good thing but I don’t know what to say, it’s frustrating.
“Positive? We lost the game in overtime. I don’t take any positive. We needed points and that’s all that matters. If we’re going to tell ourselves, oh well, we played good in one period and we’re going to build on it. No. At the end of the day we needed two points.”
-Ondrej Pavelec, goaltender for the Winnipeg Jets after losing with 17 seconds left in OT last night. More on the game from Ted Wyman of the Winnipeg Sun.
Below, watch the OT winner from Craig Smith of the Nashville Predators.
from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,
And it was abundantly clear that Pavelec doesn’t agree with what is being proposed.
“I don’t know, come on. How many times are they going to change the rules? I don’t think it’s that fair,” said Pavelec. “If you take something away from the goalies, you have to take something away from the players too. Ok, so we’re going to get small gear, we (should) give players wood sticks.
“There’s nothing I can do but I don’t like it, that’s for sure.”
Jets backup Al Montoya thinks Pavelec is on to something.
“I would be a fan of that. The way the puck comes in these days is pretty crazy,” said Montoya. “They want to see goals, which is understandable. But you’ve got to protect the goalie. There’s a lot of money invested in this position for every GM is going to want to make sure their goalie is safe, first and foremost.”
from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun,
In a deft display of media relations, the Jets had both Byfuglien and Pavelec attempt to diffuse potential time bombs on the same day, and there wasn't a blow-up to be seen.
Byfuglien didn't have to say a word about his off-season conditioning — he looked ready to go, putting a serious crimp in his reputation as the weigh scale's worst enemy.
The Jets were keen to see how Pavelec carried his weight, as well.
And while a few beads of sweat were visible under the brim of his Boston Red Sox cap, the 24-year-old was convincing in his first Winnipeg public appearance since The Crash Heard 'Round the World.
Pavelec sounded genuinely remorseful over his drunk driving conviction in his native Czech Republic last summer.
"It was stupid, that's for sure," were the first words out of his mouth.
from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun,
...should Pavelec’s agent, Allan Walsh of mega-agency Octagon, have informed the Jets of Pavelec’s crime during negotiations, assuming he knew?
That’s an ethical question a few NHL agents were willing to tackle, Wednesday, as long as they got anonymity.
“If I’m negotiating for an injured player, I can’t sell a team broken goods or a tainted product,” one said. “I can’t sell them week-old chicken. To save face, he would have had to disclose that — if he knew. Sooner or later it’s going to pop up. And if you’re upfront about it, you’ll be able to do damage control.”
Telling the team would probably put a “road bump” in the negotiations — “maybe they wouldn’t have a deal done right now,” the agent said — but it shouldn’t hurt a player’s value, at least not in a situation like Pavelec’s, a first-time offender who didn’t hurt anybody.
“On May 26, 2012, I was involved in a traffic accident in the Czech Republic. There were no injuries. Police arrived at the scene and I agreed to a blood alcohol test. On June 12, my attorney appeared in court on my behalf and submitted a plea of guilty at the first proceeding. The court issued a six month suspended sentence and suspended my driver’s license for 20 months in the Czech Republic. The case will be dismissed in 12 months provided I have no alcohol related violations during this time. I’m disappointed in myself for this error in judgment. I’m thankful no one was injured as a result of my actions. I want to sincerely apologize to our fans, the Winnipeg Jets organization, and to my teammates for any embarrassment this has caused. I’m truly sorry for letting you all down.”
-Ondrej Pavelec of the Winnipeg Jets. You can read a statement from the Jets at their website.
from Nova Sport (translated),
One of the biggest Czech hockey star Ondrej Pavelec has problems with the law. Well-known goalkeeper in his luxury car crashed and blood was at almost two per mille of alcohol.
For his transgression came from the court an annual requirement and twenty months should not get behind the wheel.
Ondrej Pavelec is the star of the NHL, the world champion and now pirate road of a criminal record. At the May Kladno ride in your luxury sports car BMW M6 does not remember much. Around ten in the morning and crashed because the breath test, he was measured over two per mille of alcohol in the blood.
via Bob McKenzie tweet,
Ondrej Pavelec’s new deal in WPG is 5 yrs, with annual cap hit of $3.9M.
via Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,
After meeting with Craig Oster and Don Meehan of Newport Sports (who represent Kane) on Wednesday, Cheveldayoff spent roughly two hours with agent Allan Walsh of Octagon to discuss a new deal with goalie Ondrej Pavelec.
As the rumour mill swirls around the status of negotiations with Winnipeg Jets restricted free agents Evander Kane and Ondrej Pavelec, the general manager continued to keep his cards close to the vest.
“Negotiations are ongoing for both of those players and there are other potential players within our organization on the UFA that we’re negotiating with as well,” said Cheveldayoff. “I’m always optimistic. Last year at this point and time, I never had the opportunity to meet with any of the RFAs representatives. We’ve been able to get a jump on that and things turned out pretty well last year.”
Walsh politely declined comment.
Money is believed to be the stumbling block the negotiations with Pavelec, who is weighing a one-year offer to play in for SKA St. Petersberg in the Kontinental Hockey League in the neighbourhood of $5 million per season.
“Again… a wide-open game by both sides. That’s going to kill you at this time of year. This hockey is not going to take you to the playoffs. Even if we make it, if we’re going to play like that everybody’s going to kill us.
“A lot of turnovers, there’s got to be more responsibility there. You tie the game with three minutes left and everybody’s so excited at a time when you need every point and then they score like 10 seconds later.
“It wasn’t just about that one, there were a lot of turnovers all game long. I don’t know… I don’t know any more. We’ve lost so many games like that this year. At the end of the day, it’s our fault. At the end of the day if we’re not going to make it we can look in the mirror and say, ‘It’s our fault.’ It’s nobody else.”
-Ondrej Pavelec, Winnipeg Jets goaltender after losing to Ottawa last night. More from Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press.
Pavelec went cross-crease to take away a goal from Henrik Tallinder.
from Kirk Penton of the Winnipeg Sun,
Ondrej Pavelec was frustrated with his forward teammates on Tuesday night, and his feelings hadn’t changed much on Wednesday afternoon.
The Jets starting netminder was not pleased with Winnipeg’s offensive attack during their 3-2 shootout loss to the New York Islanders on Tuesday night at MTS Centre. He voiced his displeasure after the game and didn’t back down when asked about it again after Wednesday’s practice.
“I just said what I felt,” Pavelec said. “It’s not easy to score a goal in this league, and we just threw the puck away in their zone. We’re practising every day what we’re supposed to do, and we just don’t do that. It was bad to see it. We were just shooting for a rebound, and nobody’s driving to the net.”
We’re past the quarter pole, so maybe this is a bit late but it still seems like a good time to me to hand out some assessments to all five Southeast Division clubs. Besides, what’s this quarter pole anyway? Divide the NHL season in equal fours and the resting #StamkosMath calculator tells me that we’d have to stop things at the ten-minute mark of each team’s 21st game of the year to truly be one quarter of the way through. And that just seems troubling.
We’ll go with JJ Ratings rather than the standard report cards because one, everyone else seems to do the report card thing and two, handing out school-type grades gives me terrible nightmares. (Trust me.) Instead, each club’s JJ Rating will reflect their performance on a scale of one to ten (and, since I’ve become a big fan of complicating things, we’ll allow for partial points as well).
Here we are, anywhere from 26-29 games into the 2010-11 slate for the Southeast squads – as good a time as any (maybe just because I say so) to see where we are versus where we thought we’d be, as well as where we might be headed.
We’ll tackle this alphabetically (Ooh… Suspense!)
Atlanta - The Atlanta Thrashers have activated goaltender Ondrej Pavelec from Injured Reserve and reassigned goaltender Peter Mannino to the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League, according to General Manager Rick Dudley.
Pavelec, 23, started the Thrashers season-opening game on Oct. 8 vs. Washington and appeared in 2:25 of action before suffering a type of fainting spell and subsequent concussion.
from Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
Ondrej Pavelec started breaking in a new chest protector Tuesday.
His old one was cut off at the hospital 11 days ago when he lost consciousness and collapsed minutes into the Thrashers season opener.
“I was so excited to go back [on the ice] and see how it would go,” Pavelec said after taking part in half a team practice. “It was pretty good. It was only 30 minutes but I felt good.”
After a battery of tests, over days, doctors concluded that Pavelec fainted and subsequently hit his head on the ice. The goaltender said Tuesday that doctors have not determined the cause of the fainting spell.
Today’s three cheers, bestowed upon those who excelled for their clubs in action yesterday:
***Cheers to Nashville’s Steve Sullivan, who had a pair of the three first period goals for his club, en route to a 4-3 Predators win. Sullivan had a chance to complete the rare single stanza hat trick in the waning seconds of the first but was denied on a breakaway by Jaroslav Halak in the St. Louis net.
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via the Thrashers PR,
STATEMENT FROM THE THRASHERS:
Ondrej Pavelec was released from the hospital yesterday following two days of testing. Preliminary results indicate Ondrej had a neurocardiogenic syncope episode (a type of fainting spell), which caused him to fall and hit his head on the ice, leading to the subsequent concussion and loss of consciousness. He was cleared to return home following a battery of testing on his heart and brain. For precautionary measures, he is undergoing further tests on his heart as well as blood and genetic testing this week. If all goes as expected, he will be medically cleared following those results and will be available to resume playing at the conclusion of any symptoms from his concussion.
STATEMENT FROM PAVELEC:
I want to thank all the doctors, trainers and emergency personnel who took such good care of me. I would also like to thank my teammates, all the fans and everyone in the hockey community who have reached out to me and offered their support and well-wishes over the last few days. I hope to be back in action as soon as possible.
In the debut of the new, daily feature from yours truly, I offer a morning toast to those who deserve as much for their performances of a night ago:
***Cheers to Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk, for stepping up to Anaheim’s Corey Perry and earning the decisive victory in a scrap last night. He may have taken himself out of the running for the Lady Byng Trophy in this season’s very first game but taking out a bullying Perry, in this instance, was well worth it.
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via Chris Vivlamore tweet,
Thrashers goaltender Ondrej Pavelec being taken off on stretcher after collapsing on ice with action at other end.
added 7:50pm, I just saw the replay, play was in the other end, and you could see he just collapsed on the ice. Terrible situation.
added 7:56pm, The Capitals broadcasting crew said it did not appear any CPR was being done on Pavlec. He has been taken off the ice on a stretcher and now teams are skating to get warmed-up again. Also, the refs have been on the headsets too.
added 8:00pm, Play resumes.
added 8:16pm, Video of the incident is below…
added 8:22pm, Latest is Pavelec lost consciousness on the ice and was taken to the hospital.
added 8:25pm, added a better quality video below… it would be the 2nd video…
update 8:40pm, Vivlamore with a positive tweet,
I’m told Pavelec regained consciousness.
added 8:58pm, added one more video, the 3rd in the list below…
updated 9:41pm, one more tweet from Vivlamore,
Ondrej Pavelec is now in stable condition.
For the Atlanta Thrashers, a team with just one playoff appearance in ten National Hockey League seasons (and not a single post-season victory to their credit), the time for a fresh start was clearly at hand.
By first turning a negative into a positive in moving on from superstar sniper Ilya Kovalchuk late last season and then raiding the cabinet of the cap-crunched Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, Atlanta begins their new era, under both a new general manager and head coach in Rick Dudley and Craig Ramsay, with a wealth of promising youth and several veterans with recent championship experience.
They may no longer boast an individual showstopper but that formula wasn’t producing a consistent winner in Blueland anyway (and that alone rarely does as much anywhere). The post-Kovalchuk Thrashers appear to be headed for greener pastures, though there will be that little issue of replacing his 45+ goals, of course.
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via Allan Walsh tweet,
Goalie Ondrej Pavelec of the Atlanta Thrashers has agreed to terms on a new 2 yr contract with the club. “The Pav” is back!
My face would have been buried in my catching glove, but not Pavelec.
from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,
“I was scared a little bit. I felt like Jacques Plante 50 years ago,” said Pavelec, a 22-year-old from the Czech Republic who’s getting a shot with oft-injured Kari Lehtonen on the shelf again. Kovalev took the shot on a wraparound after Pavelec had had his mask knocked off in a scrum late in the second period. “I can tell you now it was not fun. A little scary, but it wasn’t a hard shot. I don’t think (Kovalev) could see (he had lost his mask). It wasn’t his fault. There was no blood.”
“I softened my hands,” said Kovalev, who saw the netminder was bare-faced.
from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,
The holdout is over. Thrashers goalie prospect Ondrej Pavelec will report to practice Thursday for the Chicago Wolves, his agent Allan Walsh told Sporting News. Pavelec hasn’t practiced with the team since he was assigned to Chicago by the Thrashers Saturday.
“(Thrashers G.M.) Don (Waddell) has had conversations with Ondrej, I’ve had many conversations with Don over the last three days,” Walsh said Wednesday afternoon. “I think we’ve reached a new understanding about Ondrej’s situation and with that understanding he’ll report to Chicago.”
from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,
Ondrej Pavelec, the top prospect in the Atlanta Thrashers organization, will not be reporting to the AHL his agent told Sporting News….
Allan Walsh, Pavelec’s agent, said the Thrashers organization didn’t keep promises given to the young goalie when he signed with the team, so he wants out….
Walsh said he wouldn’t have had a problem if Pavelec had been given an honest opportunity to make the team and gotten beaten out. But he said the young goalie was never given a fair chance to the roster, something he said was part of the agreement with Atlanta.
From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
“It’s been a long month, but it was great today to come here when everybody else comes and not three hours before,” Lehtonen said. “It’s fun to be a part of the team.”
And suddenly it’s a team that will have three capable goalies. According to general manager and interim head coach Don Waddell, Lehtonen’s return to the lineup won’t be rushed. In the past, he said, Lehtonen might have been hurried to action this week. But not now.
Johan Hedberg is coming off his first shutout with the Thrashers and will get the start tonight against Tampa Bay. He’s 4-0 in his last five starts and with his shutout in Carolina, dropped his goals against average to 2.38 in November.
Rookie Ondrej Pavelec is 3-1 in four starts and has a 2.71 GAA on the season. His only other loss came in a relief appearance against Ottawa.