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Friedman on early-season jitters

Among Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman's "30 Thoughts":

There’s a GM who has one of the best lines I’ve ever heard about life in sports: “There are only two moods — winning and hell.”

In conversations over the last week, one theme stood out: This league is tense.

“Well, it’s always tense,” one executive laughed. “But even more than normal for this early.”

Various coaches, players, execs and media said they could see it in places like Arizona (winless after some good summer moves), Boston (injuries and a slow start, despite talented young players), Minnesota (injuries and expectation), Montreal (losses and intense local pressure), New York Rangers (roster in transition), Vancouver (attendance), Washington (organizational pressure) and Winnipeg (rough start before three straight wins).

Watching the Rangers’ last two games, I don’t think I’ve ever seen Alain Vigneault look so stressed. Until their young prospects — Lias Andersson and Filip Chytil — are ready, they’ll be thin at centre. And in the Metropolitan division, it’s very hard to win like that as Pittsburgh proved on Tuesday night.

I’m sure it’s similar in other sports, but one of the biggest changes over the years is the decrease in early-season optimism. It used to last 10 games. Not anymore. I’m not one to complain about the stresses of my job; I always think of Hyman Roth in Godfather II: “This is the business we’ve chosen.”

But pro sports takes its toll, and you can already see it.

Friedman continues at length...

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Enstrom concussed

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Tom Sestito was suspended for 4 games for hitting Tobias Enstrom "in the numbers," and the Jets updated Enstrom's status on Friday:

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Goaltending remains a big problem for the Winnipeg Jets

From Sportsnet's Kristina Rutherford:

Connor Hellebuyck was hours away from giving up five goals on 15 shots when Winnipeg Jets head coach Paul Maurice considered the position his young goaltender was in as his team fights for its playoff life.

“You’re in a Canadian market and you’re playing goal,” Maurice said ahead of a 7-4 drubbing at the hands of the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins Wednesday. “Your options are stellar or in trouble.”

Well, Hellebuyck has been a bit of both.

The 23-year-old from Michigan has started 12 straight games for the Jets, and in the month of March alone, we’ve seen the guy they call “Helly” post a shutout, come seconds away from another, and, most recently, get the hook.

As Maurice put it, “he’s had his ups and downs.”

Such has been the case in the Jets’ crease for much of this season. Hellebuyck has shown himself to be the best option available, with 22 wins in 48 starts, a 2.83 GAA, and four shutouts. He’s also failed to finish seven games he’s started.

Backup Michael Hutchinson is 4-11 with a 3.24 GAA, and veteran Ondrej Pavelec, who’s likely done for the season following recent knee surgery, was only called up in January after Hellebuyck had a couple nightmarish starts. Pavelec’s 4-4 record with a 3.55 GAA and .888 save percentage didn’t exactly win him the starting role back, anyway.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that if the offensively gifted Jets are going to have even a shot at making the playoffs—a possibility that keeps slipping further out of grasp—they need either Hellebuyck or Hutchinson to catch fire.

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Crosby vs. McDavid tonight

NHL.com's Tim Campbell reports that tonight's marquee match-up involves Sidney Crosby battling Connor McDavid:

The NHL scoring race will be a certain headline when two of the League's marquee centers, Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers, play against each other at Rogers Place on Friday (9 p.m. ET; TVA Sports, SNW, ROOT, NHL.TV).

McDavid leads the NHL with 74 points (22 goals, 52 assists). Crosby is tied for second with 70 points (League-leading 34 goals, 36 assists).

The game also creates a focus on what's to come.

Crosby, 29, is looking to add to an impressive resume that includes 137 points in 124 Stanley Cup Playoff games and two Cup wins. The defending champion Penguins are tied for second with the Columbus Blue Jackets in the Metropolitan Division with 90 points.

The Oilers have 78 points, two behind the Anaheim Ducks for second in the Pacific Division, and are on course to make the playoffs for the first time since 2006.

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Penguins’ Sestito gets 4 games for boarding Enstrom

PENGUINS’ SESTITO SUSPENDED FOUR GAMES FOR BOARDING

NEW YORK (March 9, 2017) – Pittsburgh Penguins forward Tom Sestito has been suspended for four games, without pay, for boardin Winnipeg Jets defenseman Toby Enstrom during NHL Game No. 984 in Winnipeg on Wednesday, March 8, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 13:10 of the first period. Sestito was assessed a major penalty for checking from behind and a game misconduct.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Sestito will forfeit $12,777.76. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

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On the trade deadline from a player’s point of view

From ESPN's Joe McDonald:

Drew Stafford hadn't seen his wife, Hali, who is pregnant with twins, or his 2-year-old son, Mason, for more than a month when he was traded from the Winnipeg Jets to the Boston Bruins on March 1.

Less than 24 hours after the trade, he left Winnipeg and had a brief layover at the Minnesota airport, where he was able to see his wife at the gate for 20 minutes before Stafford, 31, continued his journey to Boston to play for his third NHL team.

"She's about 33 weeks now, so she's coming down to the wire," Stafford said after he arrived in Boston. "She can't travel, so she's back home in Minnesota. She met me at the airport to say 'hi' quickly because I haven't seen her in a while. It was nice to catch up. She's doing good, and I'm obviously monitoring that. The family stuff is extremely important to me."

The NHL trade deadline is an stressful time for players, but the personal pressure and anxiety they deal with often goes unnoticed because their teams are busy fighting for a postseason berth.

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More Matthews-vs-Laine talk

From TSN's Travis Yost:

The suddenly furious discussion around the Patrik Laine and Auston Matthews Calder Trophy race is a debate worth having, if only because what Laine has provided to his team offensively is remarkable.

As it stands today, only two players – Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin and Minnesota’s Jason Zucker – have been on the ice for more goals per-60 minutes than Laine. It’s a testament to his wondrous shooting capabilities and the chemistry he’s developed with his linemates.

So, yes, I think it’s a very real argument. As is the case with anything of the sort, you can slice and dice it a thousand different ways. Winnipeg fans will note that Laine plays for a weaker team. Toronto fans will note that Matthews is probably the better defensive player. And round and round we go.

The one piece I keep coming back to is the offence that comes with Laine. I’ve written in the past about my optimism over his individual shooting percentages – he strikes me as a Steven Stamkos or Ilya Kovalchuk type, which is tremendously high praise. It’s exceedingly rare for anyone to sustain high shooting percentages over long periods of time, and even if Laine isn’t a 19.5 per cent shooter, he’s got a real shot at 15 per cent or so, which would be phenomenal.

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Fight night in Winnipeg

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:

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Bad hit of the night: Tom Setito on Tobias Enstrom

Tom Sestito was brought up for the Winnipeg Jets-Pittsburgh Penguins game last night, and he did two things:

1. He fought Chris Thorburn;

2. He threw this check on Tobias Enstrom:

Here's what Jets coach Paul Maurice had to say about the hit post-game:

“Toby is at the hospital now, he’s getting checked for facial fractures, so we’ll have a better idea about that tomorrow,” Maurice said.

Update @ 11:44 AM:

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Trouba to re-sign with Jets

Per Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman (more to come here)...

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added 3:48 PM: Here's the Jets' release:

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Laine, Jets rally for OT win over Toronto

Patrik Laine scored a hat trick as the Winnipeg Jets rallied from a 4-0 deficit to defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4 in OT:

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Patrik Laine scores his first NHL goal

Patrik Laine scored his first NHL goal on Thursday night vs. Carolina:

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Bruins to ‘offer sheet’ Trouba?

Take this for what you will, from CSNNE's Joe Haggerty:

According to a hockey source, Don Sweeney and the Boston Bruins “are preparing an offer sheet” this week for Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba as an aggressive option to land a No. 1 defenseman after trades didn’t pan out at last weekend’s NHL Draft.

The Bruins have watched Trouba closely for some time, and clearly have an interest in the 22-year-old D-man with size, offensive abilities and a workhorse nature that’s seen him average more than 22 minutes of ice time per game since entering the league as a 19-year-old.

Trouba is coming off a six-goal, 21-point season while playing in 81 games for the Jets, and was a career-best plus-10 for Winnipeg. With Trouba, a restricted free agent, and the Jets locked into big money deals to fellow right shot D-men in Dustin Byfuglien and Tyler Myers, the writing has been on the wall for some time that the Jets would need to give one of them up.

Now it appears the Bruins may be willing to put their money, and their assets, where their interest is, and come up with an offer sheet that totals a minimum of $47 million for Trouba’s services.

Continued with an explanation as to why that financial total is important...

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On the relationship between NHL players and lost teeth

From the AP's Larry Lage:

Hall of Famer Chris Pronger has great-looking choppers, though they're not the ones he was born with, and Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien can pop a perfect-looking tooth in and out like he's a magician.

Despite player safety being scrutinized by the league more than ever and technological advances in equipment, hockey players are going to lose teeth. The only way to help players keep their teeth is to force them to attach full-cage masks to their helmets. And that, in the NHL at least, is not going to happen any time soon if ever.

If a player chooses to wear a mouth guard, he may help his chances of not having a concussion. His pearly whites, though, are still at risk from a puck, a stick, the ice or a check into the boards.

"I've pulled teeth out of mouth guards," Detroit Red Wings equipment manager Paul Boyer said. "They're not designed to keep the teeth in the mouth."

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Garrioch: Deadline points of interest remain Winnipeg, St. Louis, New York (and Tampa Bay)

According to the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch, NHL GM's are entering the period in which they must decide whether they're going to buy to "contend" or sell at the trade deadline, which hits on February 29th this year. That's not an easy decision to make given how tight the standings have been and will continue to remain going forward.

The focal points of trade deadline interest remain the following non-Steven Stamkos players:

Winnipeg Jets: All eyes are on captain Andrew Ladd and blueliner Dustin Byfuglien. “I don’t believe they’ll both be there after the deadline,” a league executive said Friday. The talk is the Jets tabled a six-year, $6 million deal to Ladd before the season, and that somehow the deal will get done.

Nobody is quite as optimistic about Byfuglien. He has emerged as one of the best players in the league, is a difference maker, and will cash in on the UFA market in the summer. “He’s just a hell of player,” said the executive.

St. Louis Blues: We’re not talking about a franchise with an ownership group that has deep pockets. GM Doug Armstrong has apparently put talks with centre David Backes on hold and with a $4.5 million cap hit he’s going to want a big raise if he’s going to stay with the Blues.

He could fetch a lot in return but the Blues are a contender in the West and they should be looking to add, not subtract. Teams will call but Armstrong has to tread carefully here.

New York Islanders: The sense is there won’t be any deal involving defenceman Travis Hamonic, who asked for a trade a personal reasons, until the NHL entry draft in June. A league executive said: “Garth Snow isn’t going to make this deal unless he gets good value in return.”

Teams have been calling the Isles about UFA winger Kyle Okposo, and why not? You never know where Snow is concerned, but the 27-year-old has a $2.7 million cap hit. The thinking amongst teams is he won’t be going anywhere because the Islanders are in the race and want to stay there.

Garrioch continues, addressing the Canucks, Lightning and Canadiens' situations.

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Tyler Myers fined for cross-checking

From the NHL:

Winnipeg Jets defenseman Tyler Myers has been fined $5,000 for cross-checking San Jose Sharks forward Tommy Wingels during NHL Game No. 638 in Winnipeg on Tuesday, Jan. 12, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 12:55 of the third period. Myers was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct for cross-checking.

The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

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Saturday headlines: Challenging offsides; on Mike Richards, the Board of Governors and more

Among Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman and Damien Cox's "Saturday Headlines":

  • Cox says that the NHL wants to revamp the coach's challenge for offsides by placing television cameras overhead and along the boards on the blueline (for testing in New York area arenas), or possibly changing the offsides rule to breaking the plane of the blueline (the puck would have to cross first);
  • Friedman says that once Mike Richards' court date on Wednesday is heard, if there is a resolution, teams will speak to his agent, Pat Morris, about potential employment;
  • Friedman also says that the Winnipeg Jets and Jacob Trouba will probably wait until after the season before they exchange more contract numbers (Trouba is restricted-to-be);
  • Cox states that at the NHL's Board of Governors meeting next week, the NHL will end its compensation system for coaches and executives, going forward, anyway. The teams that owe others draft picks will still have to honor them;
  • Exiting COO John Collins won't be replaced "for the next little while";
  • And the Board of Governors will discuss what kind of expansion do the Governors want and what teams they want to see;
  • Friedman states that Viktor Tikhonov is on waivers most likely because Bryan Bickell will return to the Blackhawks;
  • And the Canadiens-Bruins Winter Classic will be preceded by the NWHL's Les Canadiennes playing the Boston Pride outside.

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Will the Winnipeg Jets meet their fans’ high expectations?

From the Globe and Mail's Eric Duhatschek:

It has been five years since the Atlanta Thrashers shifted operations to Winnipeg, reviving both the NHL’s Jets and the lost art of heckling.

Heckling – the act of distracting, disconcerting or otherwise disrupting a performer with a razor-sharp gibe – isn’t what it once was. So often now, the dialogue between fans and athletes is mean-spirited, without the sly humour of days gone by.

This is true everywhere except Winnipeg, where a handful of clever fans at the MTS Centre have developed the ability to tease opposing players in ways that are unique in the NHL.

When Alex Ovechkin arrives with the Washington Capitals, the fans chant: “Crosby’s better.” When Ryan Miller is playing goal for the Vancouver Canucks, he hears only “silver medal.” And during last year’s playoffs, Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf was serenaded with “Captain Rogaine,” a reference to his premature baldness. Getzlaf’s response was a mixture of amusement and irritation: “Like, I don’t know that I’m bald?”

The Jets, meanwhile, get nothing but love. Players on every team may claim that they have the greatest fans, even if, rationally, mathematically, that isn’t possible. But in Winnipeg, a case can be made.

With their home-opener on tap Friday against the Calgary Flames, and coming off an impressive 3-1 road trip to start the season, the Jets are about to renew a unique affair with their fans, and the fervour shows no sign of waning.

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Road-ice advantage?

Among the Ottawa Citizen's Ken Warren's "Five Takes":

ROAD SWEET ROAD?: As the Senators packed for the season opening road trip, Bobby Ryan and Patrick Wiercioch were among those who said it was easier starting the season away from Canadian Tire Centre. Now, they have some solid stats to back up that argument.

The Senators went into Thursday’s game against Pittsburgh with a perfect 3-0 record on the road, extending their undefeated regular season road record to 17 games (14-0-3), dating back to February.

The Senators aren’t alone. Montreal (4-0-0), Vancouver (3-0-0) and Winnipeg (3-1-0) also kick-started their seasons with hot road starts.

Before Thursday’s games, road teams had gone 29-19-1.

Home teams? 20-25-4. That includes the woeful start by the Los Angeles Kings, outscored 12-2 in losing their opening three games on home ice. If they keep this up, they’ll be facing a ridiculous climb to a playoff spot by the time they play their first road game Oct. 22.

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Chara out for the Bruins due to ‘upper-body injury’

From NHL.com:

Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara will not be in the lineup against the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday.

Bruins coach Claude Julien made the announcement after the morning skate Thursday.

Chara is on injured reserve because of an upper-body injury sustained Sept. 24 during a preseason game against the New York Rangers. He had practiced Wednesday and served as a substitute on the second power-play unit.

Last season Chara, 38, had eight goals and 20 points in 63 games. He missed two months because of a knee injury.

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Jets’ playoff flight is a short hop

The Winnipeg Jets made a rousing second-half and end-of-the-season flourish to earn a playoff spot, but they've just been swept by the Anaheim Ducks, losing 5-2 on Wednesday night.

Winnipeg's first playoff run involved a lot of fun for the fans leading up to the playoffs, and then a lot of realizing how incredibly hard it is to win in the playoffs, especially against a stacked Ducks team, come playoff time...

But as one of the few folks who remembers the Jets 1.0 struggling to make the playoffs in the 90's and the utter heartbreak that was Winnipeggers losing their Jets in 1996--having seen some of that in person--this adopted Winnipegger is happy to honestly suggest that Winnipeg is going to be back next year.

Maybe the playoff run will be longer next time around, especially if the final remnants of the Thrashers are slowly but surely replaced by Jets prospects

And yes, of course, for those of you who were absolutely *#$%@& over by Bettman pulled the rug from out under long-suffering Thrashers fans (nobody "deserves" to lose a team), I'm sure seeing the Jets get swept away is some small comfort.

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Winnipeg acquires Lee Stempniak from NYR for Carl Klingberg

Cue the "marriage of convenience" depth trade:

added 6:40pm, Winnipeg release is below...

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Simmons on the Franson trade, Burmistrov and Price for Hart

Amongst the Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons' Sunday hockey and/or sports-related notes, which mostly involve the Toronto Maple Leafs:

If you break down the Cody Franson-Mike Santorelli trade, it’s basically Franson for a late first-round pick and Santorelli for the prospect Brendan Leipsic. The Leafs had a very extensive book on Leipsic, partly because personnel man Mark Hunter had his London Knights play against him in the Memorial Cup. Leipsic is known for three things: 1) being small; 2) being ultra-competitive; 3) having ridiculous ‘he could stickhandle in a phone booth’ hands...

Coaches that interest the Leafs: Still working division: Mike Babcock, Todd McLellan; Ken Hitchcock; Dave Tippett; Out of work division: Peter DeBoer. Seemingly no interest: Dan Bylsma...

The Leafs also have some interest in Alexander Burmistrov, the troubled high draft pick playing in the KHL, whose rights are owned by Winnipeg...

I'm intrigued by Burmistrov myself--he's 23 and liberally-listed at 6' and 179 pounds, and he hasn't exactly lit it up during two seasons with the Ak Bars Kazan, but he's still fleet-footed as all hell get out, and he could be somebody's next-year reclamation project.

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Russo discusses Byfuglien flying the Jets’ coop, Kessel to…Miami?

Among the Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Michael Russo's Sunday notes:

Looking ahead perhaps: One reason why the Tyler Myers pickup by Winnipeg could really be bright? Dustin Byfuglien, the thorn-in-the-Wild-side hybrid defenseman, is potentially a year from becoming an unrestricted free agent.

If Myers develops, he could replace Big Buff if he departs. If that happens, he’s exactly the type of player the Wild needs. Rumor has it he’s from Minnesota, too.

Kessel moving? The Toronto Maple Leafs have lost 21 of 25 games with Phil Kessel scoring four times in those games. He has since been demoted to the fourth line.

“I go where they want me. I love Toronto, but [if] it’s not here, it’s not here,” Kessel said.

Don’t be surprised if the Florida Panthers try to trade for the high-priced Kessel. He has a place in Palm Beach, the Panthers might have the assets to give up, and Kessel, not exactly fond of the spotlight, would be able to get out from under the microscope.

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Getting to the bottom of the ‘Kane Saga’

The Winnipeg Free Press's Gary Lawless has been on top of the Evander Kane saga since its outset, and this morning, Lawless suggests that the Winnipeg Jets' season sits at a crossroads (if not on a long Manitoba train track) thanks to the actions of not only Dustin Byfuglien, but also the Jets' captain, Andrew Ladd, its coach, Paul Maurice, and to some extent, GM Kevin Cheveldayoff:

Let’s review: Kane shows up for a team meeting in sweats. Byfuglien determines this isn’t good enough and tosses his teammates gear into a shower or a cold tub. Kane’s belongings are soaked and his pride and very likely his heart are damaged. He’s been humiliated by one of his big brothers. By one of the men he’s lived and worked with going on six years. Maybe there was a time when this manner of sending a message was accepted and worked, but no longer. It just made a mess.

Ladd is the captain of this room and anything that happens behind those closed doors is his responsibility. He needs to have his finger on the pulse of things. If he stood by and let Byfuglien commit this act — it’s on him. If he missed and then couldn’t or wouldn’t solve the issue before it blew up as it has — again it’s on him.

Same goes for Maurice. This coach likes to say he lets the players run the room. Fine. But at some point in time Tuesday when this was playing out, Maurice had to determine his influence was needed. He’s lost a player. A skilled and productive forward on a team that just can’t afford to move on without a suitable replacement.

If Kane is indeed done with the Jets and Cheveldayoff can’t put together a deal to replace him, it’s hard to imagine this ending well for Winnipeg.

Lawless continues, and he does an excellent job of reminding us that whatever happened, a young man got treated like a child thanks to teammates who were equally "in the wrong" by going "old-school" on him, and the coach and GM are also culpable here...

And this is a situation that has less to do with a troubled player being an *#$%@& than it has to do with a troubled player's behavior yielding, well, organizationally-approved, coach-approved, captain-approved and teammate-approved assholery.

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Evander Kane benched for violating team dress code?

I really don't know what to think about this, so I'll let the Winnipeg Free Press's Gary Lawless take it away...

After breaking a team rule, Evander Kane was a healthy scratch on Tuesday and that may be the end of this little saga. Or we may soon see signs of a much larger rift.

Kane’s transgression on Tuesday, as it turns out, was fairly was minor. He broke dress code, arriving at the rink for a midday team meeting in sweats, instead of a suit. By gametime, Kane wasn’t a player.

Jets coach Paul Maurice scratched Kane from the lineup and after the game called it a coach’s decision. This is the second time Maurice has made Kane a healthy scratch for disciplinary reasons. The coach has rules and he expects his players to follow them and there are few exceptions. The margin of error for a repeat offender such as Kane is thin. So he got benched.

How Kane takes this treatment will be the subtext of the next chapter. If he accepts he made a mistake and is willing to move forward, we’ll see him back in the lineup as early as Friday night. If he’s miffed, and decides he’d like to swat back at the organization, Kane does have a card to play. He can elect to shut it down and have surgery on an undisclosed injury.

Continued, and we all know that Kane may demand a trade. Or not?

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LeBrun tells the story of Selanne’s Anaheim exodus

Almost 20 years ago, before the internet was in wide use, I still recall the yelling and screaming coming from Winnipeg when an Arizona-bound Winnipeg Jets team traded Teemu Selanne to Anaheim for Chad Kilger nad Oleg Tvrdovsky.

Even given that in February, 1996, there was no hope of keeping the Jets in Winnipeg, fans were absolutely furious, feeling that the Phoenix owners had sold away the franchise player for a promising Russian defenseman who'd have to play like the second coming of Paul Coffey and possibly a 20-goal-scorer--and the trade was seen as one final stab in the back for Winnipeggers because Selanne was both embraced by Manitobans and embraced a prairie province that still isn't exactly seen as a prime destination for NHL'ers who like things like above-freezing weather between November and February.

Given that Selanne's #8 is being retired by the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday night, ESPN's Pierre LeBrun picked a helluva time to tell the definitive story of a move that most certainly helped make the Ducks, and a trade that set back a Coyotes team that chose to rid itself of both Selanne and Alexei Zhamnov before the team ever took to the ice in Arizona:

It all began in Jack Ferreira's office one Friday afternoon in early February 1996.

"I was sitting there with [then-Anaheim coach] Ron Wilson. We had both kind of heard rumblings about Winnipeg maybe moving Teemu Selanne," Ferreira recalled to ESPN.com this week. "So we were talking about our team, and then talking about Teemu, and I just said, 'The hell with it.'"

Ferreira, general manager at the time of what were called the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, picked up the phone and called then-Winnipeg Jets GM John Paddock.

"I got him at his house," Ferreira vividly recalled. "I asked him flat-out: 'I heard these rumors, are you looking to move Teemu?' And he said, 'Well, we might.' So right then I said to him: 'I'll give you Oleg Tverdovsky.' Because I had to throw something at him to get his attention. ... John didn't say yes, he didn't say no. But I had his attention."

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Erik Karlsson lays out Evander Kane with a lovely hip check

Most nights, I spend the "night shift" watching and waiting for a controversial hit to pop up, but on Saturday, Erik Karlsson laid out Evander Kane with a beautiful, legal and non-injury-inducing hip check instead:

Winnipeg defeated Ottawa 2-1 in a shootout and Kane played 21:30, so he was fine.

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Garrioch talks rumor turkey before the draft, updates Spezza’s status

The free agent "wining and dining period" has been a bit of a pain in the rear to keep up with, but it's at least intriguing to witness player agents just cut out the middleman and tell actual reputable sources, "Oh yeah, we met with team X, team Y and team Z" instead of having to read someone's column about "league sources" (who are almost always agents or hopeful GM's).

But the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch has arrived in Philadelphia, and it wouldn't be the draft or five days till free agency if Garrioch didn't provide us with both an update on Jason Spezza's status...

It's believed as many as five teams -- including St. Louis, Anaheim, Phoenix, Nashville and Florida -- have made calls on the Ottawa captain. The club is mulling over what route to take.

With Spezza requesting a trade, the Senators would like to have a deal in place by Friday, but the club would like to get a No. 1 pick to replace the one Ottawa gave up in the deal for Bobby Ryan with Anaheim last summer.

Murray along with assistant GM's Pierre Dorion and Randy Lee were expected to sit down Wednesday to discuss the different scenarios because this is a deal that has a chance to be a game-changer.

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Matheson handicaps awards races, says Oilers should retire #94, Jets should trade Kane

The Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson kicked off his last regular-season slate of Hockey World columns with individual awards picks, and his pick for the Vezina Trophy is a surprising one:

Vezina Trophy (top goalie)

1. Semyon Varlamov, Colorado.

2. Tuukka Rask, Boston

3. Ben Bishop, Tampa Bay

Had off-ice issues this year which weighed on him but very consistent work. Rask is best Finnish goalie right now, and they’ve got a full stable of good ones around the NHL. Bishop, nursing sore wrist as playoffs loom, is a six-foot-seven giant and a workhorse.

Matheson continues, making a plea to the Oilers to retire Ryan Smyth's number...

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Ilya Bryzgalov has fun with Jets fans’ serenade

Via the Hockey News's Rory Boylen and Some Hockey Videos on YouTube, Minnesota Wild goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov shut out the Winnipeg Jets on Monday evening (Minnesota won 1-0), and he did so while giving Jets fans' jeers a playful response:

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Matheson ponders an ‘Ovechkin divorce,’ reveals Teemu Selanne’s toughest opponents

The Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson penned a particularly prolific set of Hockey World columns and blog entries (so much so that I'm stealing one for my Malik Report blog), and we're going to start sifting through four separate columns/entries' worth of observations and nuggets of wisdom with a question that many have pondered but few have tried to analyze:

Is there any logical way in which the Washington Capitals and Alexander Ovechkin can engage in a civilized "divorce" (and/or removal of that heavy captain's "C"), or is the team, "Married to Alex Ovechkin for life?"--to the detriment of an increasingly rotating cast of coaches, goaltenders and complementary players?

Since the Gretzky trade/sell to the LA Kings in 1988, we all know anybody can get dealt, although that’s Leonsis’s call, and the question is how many people would give up their tickets to games if Ovie wasn’t there. There’s 100s of people in Caps’ No. 8 jerseys at games in Washington. But, winning often trumps player loyalty and in the time Ovechkin has been with the Caps, they have won three playoff rounds in, this, his 10th year.
 

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Ducks rally from a 4-goal deficit against Winnipeg

The Anaheim Ducks rallied from a 4-0 deficit to defeat the Winnipeg Jets 5-4 in overtime on Monday night, setting a new franchise record in the process, as noted by the Associated Press...

Once the Anaheim Ducks wiped out a four-goal deficit, all the stress shifted to the visiting Winnipeg Jets.

Stephane Robidas scored 16 seconds into overtime, and the Ducks staged the biggest comeback in team history by rallying from four goals down to beat the Jets 5-4 on Monday night.

"You're down 4-0 and you come back 4-4, now the pressure is on the other team because they gave up the lead," Robidas said. "We just tried to play our game, and I got lucky and it went in."

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Jonathan Quick delivers an inverted kick save (a.k.a. a “scorpion save”)

Jonathan Quick stopped 24 of 26 shots as his Los Angeles Kings defeated Winnipeg 4-2 on Saturday, but this save--a kick save made from Quick's stomach, deftly kicking the puck away from the net with his right leg--will find itself on highlight reels for months to come:

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Garrioch discusses Rutherford’s replacement, wonders if Carlyle’s headed to the Peg

The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch ponders the fates of Dany Heatley, Andy MacDonald, Andrei Markov, Dmirtri Kulikov and others in his weekly rumor column, but he's been talking about executives for some time and I haven't paid those quips much heed, so it's time to talk about the gents in suits. In addition to wondering about the shelf lives of Dallas Eakins and Mike Yeo, Garrioch says that the Carolina Hurricanes' only general manager may be moving on up...

While Carolina GM Jim Rutherford is expected to move upstairs into a full-time role as president at the end of the season, the word is owner Peter Karmanos has to sign off on the decision to elevate Ron Francis. You’d have to think it is a rubber stamp and if that’s the case then coach Kirk Muller will likely be thanked at the end of the season.

And I can't deny that I've had this thought as well:

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Blues and Jets engage in an end-of-game tussle

The St. Louis Blues defeated the Winnipeg Jets 3-1 on Monday night, and at the end of the game, Dustin Byfuglien and Ryan Reaves made friends:

Let's just say that the referees managed the situation poorly, though Ryan Miller kept his composure quite well, because the refs and linesmen never managed to separate the players, from the start of the scrum until the players left the ice.

Per ESPN's recap, here's the penalty tally:

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Canucks lose Kesler to knee-on-knee hit, send Kesler back to Vancouver for tests

The hits keep coming for the Canucks, per the Canadian Press...

Vancouver suffered another injury blow when centre Ryan Kesler left the game in the second period after a knee-on-knee collision with Jets centre Jim Slater. Canucks head coach John Tortorella said Kesler will be sent back to Vancouver for tests while his teammates keep travelling to games against Washington, Florida and Tampa Bay.

"He's going to get some imaging and we'll have a better indication of where he's at, but he's out for a while," Tortorella said.

Slater said he didn't intentionally try to hurt Kesler.

"I thought I had him lined up, he kind of bailed there at the last second there," Slater said. "I didn't stick my knee out or anything in his path, wasn't leading with my leg. I thought I actually took the worst of it. Obviously, if he's hurt bad, I feel bad about that. It wasn't any intent. I thought I had him lined up and at the last second he tried to jump out of the way."

And an NHL video provided by the Hockey News's Matt Larkin:

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Garrioch: Olympic roster freeze might spur GM’s to shop early

The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch discusses the players who've become the stars of the pre-trade deadline rumor mill in a trade-rumor-packed Sunday column, and he insists that at least some GM's will filling their shopping lists sooner than later:

With the Olympic roster freeze set to go into effect Feb. 7 at 11:59 p.m., several league executives believe there may be a flurry of activity. “A lot of teams are nervous,” a league executive told Insider Trading. “I really think there are some teams that are in playoff races that want to make changes. You have to think there’s going to be some trades before players going to the Olympics because teams aren’t going to want to wait until March 5 to position themselves.” A lot of the teams at the top of the standings — Pittsburgh, Los Angeles and San Jose — want to be active, but thus far the movement has been limited. “There’s lots of talk,” said the executive.

He also suggests that the Winnipeg Jets' recent surge won't stop the team from moving "name" players:

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Winnipeg Jets True North Foundation Enters Lease With Camp Manitou

Winnipeg Jets Press Release:

The Winnipeg Jets True North Foundation and Camp Manitou are pleased to announce they have entered into a long term lease and operating agreement that will see the foundation assume the operations of the camp effective January 2, 2014. Under the terms of the agreement, the Winnipeg Jets True North Foundation will carry on existing Camp Manitou programming and bring additional programming to the facility beginning next summer. A search for a Camp Director will begin in the coming weeks. In addition, the charitable arm of the Winnipeg Jets Hockey Club and True North Sports & Entertainment Limited has also committed to a significant improvement to all camp facilities.

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TSN’s Insider Trading segment discusses expansion and trades

Paul noted that ESPN's Pierre LeBrun tossed off a set of "Rumblings" with Olympic ramifications--and, "Lemme tell ya, kids, them Russkies are gonna be furious that the IIHF won't let them revise their rosters until right before the 'Perfect Olympics'"--and LeBrun's comments were made in parallel with TSN's latest epsiode of Insider Trading. LeBrun, Darren Dreger and Bob McKenzie touched on a set of topics that included some bona-fide trade talk and this intriguing topic:

Commissioner Gary Bettman talked about expansion and said nothing was imminent. What is happening?

McKenzie: Bettman said there was no formal process in place but you have to believe there may be an informal process that is in the works. We know the NHL wants to get to 32 teams, the question is when it could happen. The absolute earliest you could add teams to the NHL would be the 2015-2016 season, just less than two years away. The league needs a one-year lead time on that, therefore if anything is happening, it will escalate over the next ten months.

Here are some of the trade rumors mentioned by the panel, and of course, there's more than trade talk in the 4:15 clip and the transcription thereof:

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Lost and found: Adam Pardy’s helmet

The Winnipeg Jets didn't exactly build upon their trouncing of the Red Wings when they headed to Chicago for a rematch with the Blackhawks, who humbled Winnipeg at home this past weekend. The Jets lost 4-1 to the Hawks on Wednesday

So the Jets have lost by a total of 7 goals (5-1 on Saturday and 4-1 on Wednesday) to their new Central Division rivals over a pair of losses, and on top of it all, as Puck Daddy's Sean Leahy noted, a liberally-lubricated Chicagoan chose to help himself to Jets defenseman Adam Pardy's helmet when Brandon Bollig checked Pardy and a pane of glass gave way:

Because Twitter is Twitter, we have as suspect, and he looks like a member of the Belushi family (and this Tweet comes via ESPN's Craig Custance):

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The Morning After Skate

Welcome to the morning after! A recap of the games from the night before and quick hit hockey news.

In Case You Missed It

Anaheim Ducks at New York Rangers

As the Ducks continue on their East Coast road trip without Teemu Selanne, as he went back to California after injury, it would take just minutes after puck drop for the Ducks to establish dominance over the Rangers.

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The Morning After Skate

Welcome to the morning after! A recap of the games from the night before and quick hit hockey news.

In Case You Missed It

New York Rangers at New York Islanders

Twenty-four hours after their home opener the Rangers were on the road again. This time just a short trip to the neighbors the Islanders.

After losing at home long time starting goaltender Henrik Lundqvist sat out last night while rookie netminder Cam Talbot got the start.

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Video- Winnipeg Jets Coach Claude Noel With An Honest Assessment After Loss to Avalanche

A frustrated Noel after losing to 3-2 to Colorado last night.

 

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Winnipeg Jets’ Jacob Trouba stretchered off after missed check

Very scary stuff, via Puck Daddy's Sean Leahy: Winnipeg Jets forward Jacob Trouba just plain old missed St. Louis Blues defenseman Jordan Leopold and he wound up going face-first into the end boards:

Update: Good news:

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The Morning After

Welcome to the morning after! A recap of the games from the night before and quick hit hockey news.

In Case You Missed It

Philadelphia Flyers at Carolina Hurricanes

Another disappointing outing for the Flyers would start with Jay Harrison notching his first of the season for the Hurricanes as he put a wrist shot past Steve Mason in the first period.

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Winnipeg pays tribute to Teemu Selanne

The Winnipeg Jets weren't happy about dropping a 3-2 decision to the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday night, but the MTS Centre crowd was thrilled to fete Teemu Selanne one last time...

And the man who still wears the "Joffa bubble helmet" he did when he broke into the league with Winnipeg during the 92-93 season happened to be named the game's second star:

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First Morning After Skate

October is finally here!  Pumpkin spice everything is returning everywhere and hockey is back!  No lockout (other than the US Government) and NHL games that matter in October.  Every morning here on Kukla's Korner (well the main page at least until my own little spot has been carved out and is ready) I will give you a recap as to the games that happened last night (in some cases while you were sleeping), some highlights on hockey news, and end with a line up as to who will be playing tonight.

In case you missed it

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NHL 12 Update: New Legends Video, Winnipeg Uniform Info, and New Quick Clips

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Earlier this afternoon, some NHL 12 fans on the internet found a new Legends video, posted exclusively on the EB Games (now GameStop) webpage for NHL 12. However, the video was kind of “hidden”, thankfully over the time it took for me to write this update, there has been a new link to this new video released by EA Sports in an exclusive with GameStop’s official site, which makes it much easier to find, and is of much better quality that the original one that was found.

Read on, as I’ll provide a link to this new video ( UPDATE - Days later, I finally have the video included in this post ), which reveals several bits of juicy new info on the Legends, including what their team uniforms look like, some info about unlocking them, and best of all, what their overall ratings will be! Also included in this update is some additional news about the Jets’ new sweaters potentially not being in the game upon release, and some new quick-clips about HUT and the EASHL.

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Zherdev: The Next Zhamnov?*

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Rumours are a-swirlin’ - is it true that Nikolay Zherdev wants to don a Winnipeg Jets jersey (whatever that might look like) next year? The former fourth overall pick (2003, Columbus Blue Jackets) is said to have a desire to play for the Jets, according to a tidbit out of Russia (article in Russian - Google translate this puppy).

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