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Playoffs Is The Goal For Rick Bowness

from Scott Billeck of the Winnipeg Sun,

Newly-minted Winnipeg Jets head coach Rick Bowness sees a good hockey club, one he believes he’ll lead back to the promised land.

Speaking to the media for the first time since he was officially announced as the third head coach of the Jets 2.0 era in Winnipeg, Bowness acknowledged Winnipeg’s shortcomings last season and pledged to be the man to help navigate them back to the Stanley Cup playoffs.

“For whatever reason (the team) lost its way last year,” said Bowness, seated beside general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff at Canada Life Centre on Monday. “Myself, my coaching staff when we get it all together, we’re going to work very closely with ownership, with management, everyone associated with this organization, and we’re going to get it back on the right track and get this team back into the playoffs.”

To do so, Bowness, who coached the Dallas Stars for the past three seasons, leading them to the Stanley Cup final in 2020 before stepping down after in May, will have to unite a fractured group. The 67-year-old is aware of some of the problems that plagued the Jets during their miserable 2021-22 season, something he and Cheveldayoff covered during the courting process.

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Rick Bowness Headed To The Winnipeg Jets

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The Winnipeg Jets Are Still In Need Of A Coach

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Barry Trotz Continues To Talk With The Winnipeg Jets

from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun,

I don’t know that Barry Trotz is going to be the next head coach of the Winnipeg Jets.

But I do know that the Stanley Cup winner and two-time NHL coach of the year will have more talks with the Jets this weekend.

A source close to the Trotz camp confirmed the talks Thursday.

Time will tell if they produce a deal, but the very fact they’re still in discussions has to be seen as promising, not to mention tantalizing for Jets fans hoping their team lands the No. 3-ranked coach (in terms of victories) in NHL history.

It shouldn’t take long to find out: Trotz is expected to make a decision next week.

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Kyle Connor Is Your Lady Byng Winner

NEW YORK (June 6, 2022) – Winnipeg Jets left wing Kyle Connor is the 2021-22 recipient of the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, awarded “to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability,” as selected by the Professional Hockey Writers Association.

Connor was named on 181 of the 195 ballots cast, including 122 first-place selections, for 1,527 voting points, ahead of second-place Jaccob Slavin of the Carolina Hurricanes, the 2020-21 Lady Byng Trophy recipient. Slavin received votes on 141 ballots and was the top choice on 31 for 904 points. Jared Spurgeon of the Minnesota Wild, a Lady Byng Trophy finalist for the second consecutive season, finished third in voting with 272 points (six first-place selections).

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Cleaning Up The Winnipeg Jets Before It Gets Worse

from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun,

And when it came Scheifele’s turn for self-evaluation and accountability, also on Sunday, he did the same thing: Left the dirty work to his teammates.

He went one further, even, saying he needs to think long and hard about whether the team’s plans are good enough for him.

That’s all we need to hear.

The Jets have a significant mess to clean up, and it starts with the Freedom 55 plan.

Rid themselves of their first ever draft pick, find a coach who demands accountability — and makes it public if he has to — and they’ll have taken a big step in the right direction.

As for Cheveldayoff, his actions will have to be far more clear than his words.

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A Coaching Search In Winnipeg

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Afternoon Line- Video- Mark Scheifele

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Discussing The Jay Beagle Incident

On this edition of To The Point, The Hockey Night in Canada panel discusses whether the league should take action against Jay Beagle for his altercation with Troy Terry, and Blake Wheeler's controversial shootout goal.

Wath at Sportsnet

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Hard Work Has Paid Off For Kyle Connor

from Nicholos J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

Connor's journey hasn't been a straight line, but it all goes back to that garage mentality: Work hard to make the most of your talent. Love it so much it doesn't feel like work.

"He's always one of the hardest workers on the ice," said Detroit Red Wings goalie Alex Nedeljkovic, who played with and against Connor growing up and trains with him in the offseason. "He's always giving it 100 percent, and it's no surprise. I wasn't really surprised when I [saw] him putting up 25, 30 goals a year. I think he's honestly pretty underrated throughout the League as a goal-scorer."

When Connor was little, his family lived in New Baltimore, Michigan. He'd Rollerblade in the cul-de-sac and play hockey in the unfinished basement.

Later, his family moved to a house on Blue Cloud Drive in Shelby Township, Michigan, perfect for a kid with his head in the clouds and a drive to play in the NHL. The lot was big enough for his father, Joe, to build a backyard rink, so he could come home from practice, turn on the lights and skate for hours outdoors. Sometimes he'd shoot on a cousin who played goalie.

"He was always busy doing stuff," said his mother, Kathy. "He was not a kid that would sit around on a Saturday afternoon."

His mother said he would shoot 100 pucks a day when he started working in the garage, breaking a window once, leaving marks on the concrete and cinderblocks. Joe Smaza, his coach then, said it was probably more like 500 pucks a day -- the first 100 as hard as possible to build strong hands, the next 100 to pick one upper corner, the next 100 to pick the other upper corner and so on, each shot with a purpose.

"I honestly felt that helped a lot with just having a quick release and just muscle memory and being able to shoot the puck like that," Connor said. "It's something where it's fun as well."

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