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The Fans Are Missed

from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun,

The absence of fans has created a dull atmosphere that’s the same in every rink, and don’t think players and coaches haven’t noticed.

“The no-fans is definitely wearing on guys more (as) it goes,” Winnipeg Jets defenceman Nathan Beaulieu said before the Jets took on the Oilers, Monday. “Especially in games that are emotional and tight. If you need that extra boost, if you’re playing a back-to-back, we miss the fans more than we (let on). They’re such a big part of our game. That’s the biggest thing I’ve noticed.”

Home teams pipe in some crowd noise, but it’s more of a muffled, continuous droning, often not in sync with the play and nothing like it would be with 15,000-20,000 partisans in the building.

A big hit? Silence. A bad call by the stripes? Nothing.

There’s no catcalls, no jeering the visitors.

“I agree with that,” Jets coach Paul Maurice said of Beaulieu’s assessment. “And I feel it. Playing is way more fun than not playing, but it’s way off, playing without fans. It’s not nearly as much fun. It’s not nearly as exciting. If there were never any fans in the building, I’m not quite sure how excited you would be to do this job. It’s kind of mechanical a little bit.

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Let Us In

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You Call This A Fair Trade?

from Mike McIntyre of the Winnipeg Free Press,

The Winnipeg Jets were counting on a big assist from both the federal government and National Hockey League. Instead, the club has been given the cold shoulder and shut out, learning the hard way that cross-border trades during a global pandemic aren't as simple as they'd hoped.

And that has them silently stewing, believing they are victims of an uneven playing field that has put them at a competitive disadvantage.

Patrik Laine was given a hero's welcome as he landed on a private charter in Columbus after obtaining his work visa last weekend, greeted by a huge Finnish billboard and spending just 48 hours in COVID-19 protocol before getting the green light to make his Blue Jackets debut earlier this week. Jack Roslovic didn't have to wait at all to jump into the lineup of his hometown team, with four games already under his belt.

And Pierre-Luc Dubois? He's only met his new teammates through Zoom and hasn't touched a sheet of ice in the 13 days since the blockbuster deal went down. The 22-year-old Quebec product remains under mandatory lockdown here in Winnipeg and isn't eligible to emerge from quarantine until Friday night.

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Afternoon Line- Paul Maurice

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Nikolaj Ehlers Off To A Great Start For The Winnipeg Jets

from Ted Wyman of the Winnipeg Sun,

Throughout his first five seasons with the Winnipeg Jets, winger Nikolaj Ehlers always showed blazing speed, a strong understanding of the game and flashes of brilliance, but you always had the sense that there was something even more dynamic to come.

So far this season, Ehlers has taken all of his hockey attributes to a new level.

The 24-year-old from Denmark is playing his best hockey through six Jets games so far and it’s not just about his impressive offensive numbers — four goals and three assists.

Ehlers is showing tremendous confidence in handling the puck, in backing down defenders as he makes zone entries at high speed, in trying creative things to make passes, in diving to get his stick on pucks at both ends, in finding a scoring touch.

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Winnipeg/Columbus Trade

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added 11:26am, Winnipeg press release is below.

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Right Decision Made To Play This Season

from Sam Thompson of GlobalNews,

Jets owner Mark Chipman told 680 CJOB that resuming play despite the uncertainty of the pandemic was the right decision to make, although he agrees with Bettman that it’ll be a costly one for the league’s 31 teams.

“It’s pretty simple arithmetic. You know, as a league, more than 50 per cent of our revenues come from the game itself — from the attendance at games and the ancillary revenues that are produced at a game. And we’re going to be without those this year,” Chipman said.

“So the commissioner, I think, (was) just trying to be honest and direct that we would have been far better off not playing from a financial perspective. Having said that, I think it was the consensus of the league that we were better off forging ahead.

“It would have been very, very difficult to not play in many respects. So I feel like we’ve made the right decision, but it’s going to be a costly one.”

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Those Trade Demands In Columbus And Winnipeg

from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

This just in: no one wants to play in Columbus or Winnipeg.

Once again, that’s the perception going around the NHL following the latest reported trade demands of Blue Jackets centre Pierre-Luc Dubois and Jets forwards Patrik Laine and Jack Roslovic.

If you’re a fan of either team, it can’t be easy to hear that three first-round picks, all under the age of 25, all want a so-called “change of scenery” so early in their careers. At the same time, it’s nothing really new. Whether it was Evander Kane and Jacob Trouba, or Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky, or even Teemu Selanne and Rick Nash, both franchises have had a difficult time keeping their star players happy.

Now, it’s Laine and Dubois — the No. 2 and No. 3 picks of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft — in addition to Roslovic, who was the 25th overall pick in 2015, who are counting the days before moving on from their respective cities.

Make all the jokes you want about the weather and lack of entertainment options. How there’s nothing to do in Columbus. How there’s even less to do in Winnipeg. But for fans who are on the outside looking in, it makes no sense that Laine and Dubois — and to a lesser extent Rosolovic — would want out.

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Afternoon Line- Patrik Laine

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Paul Stastny May Be Headed Back To Winnipeg

from Jason Bell and Mike McIntyre of the Winnipeg Free Press,

The Winnipeg Jets are closing in on a deal that would see Paul Stastny brought back into the fold.

Multiple sources told the Free Press late Thursday night the veteran centre, who had a short but sweet stay in Winnipeg two seasons ago, is believed to be returning just as Friday's free agent frenzy is set to kick off.

The Vegas Golden Knights need to trim salary to get under the cap, and the Jets are desperate to find someone to play up the middle on the second line behind No. 1 centre Mark Scheifele.

In that sense, it's a potential match made in hockey heaven. An announcement was expected as early as Friday morning.

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