Winnipeg Jets

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The Winnipeg Jets have had plenty of issues with goaltending before. From everyday inconsistencies to a young goaltender working through some kinks, they have had their fair share of problems. This year’s crease complication is due to the fact of an overload of the position. The Jets enter the season without Ondrej Pavelec in the
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Too many times hockey fans have watched their team’s promising college prospects get stolen away before they can even see them sport the jersey. One of the biggest risks of drafting an NCAA player is that once his schooling is completed, he can opt to not sign with the NHL club that drafted him. The
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Josh Morrissey can’t take any sort of step back this year. The Winnipeg Jets can’t afford it. Morrissey is coming off a quietly successful rookie season with the Jets. He wasn’t a serious Calder Trophy contender at any point, but he was a surprisingly stabilizing force on the back end. Morrissey put up small but encouraging
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It is a rare occurrence when Kevin Cheveldayoff and the Winnipeg Jets have an active offseason. In 2012, it was viewed as a busy summer signing forwards Olli Jokinen and Alexei Ponikarovsky. This July, the Jets inked a pair of players that already have a secured spot on the opening night roster and hopefully this
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The Winnipeg Jets have never won a division title, and it’s been over ten years since the Atlanta Thrashers claimed one. With a playoff spot still on the to-do list for the Jets, projecting a division title would seem premature. For the Jets, however, 2017-18 represents their best opportunity yet to claim the Central crown.
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It’s the oldest mantra in the profession: coaches are hired to be fired. In his long coaching career, Paul Maurice knows it well. Perhaps it’s an unfair saying, as coaches can’t do anything but work with the talent their GM assembles, but it has proven true many times. When a team struggles, the coach gets
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Growing up so far away may take some by surprise judging by how similar Scott Kosmachuk and JC Lipon are. Kosmachuk’s hometown of Richmond Hill, Ontario is a shade over 2700 kilometres from Lipon’s home in Regina, Saskatchewan. Their junior clubs brought them even further apart as Kosmachuk’s Guelph Storm played 3979 kilometres from Lipon’s
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Fate was certainly with the Winnipeg Jets on April 30, 2016. That was the day the balls fell in their favor and gave them the opportunity to draft second overall. With that pick, they chose Finland’s second favorite hockey player, Patrik Laine (sorry, but he won’t upend Teemu Selanne anytime soon). The team and the
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When you have one of the deepest prospect pools in the NHL, it’s no easy task narrowing that pool down to the four best. That, however, is the Winnipeg Jets’ perfect problem. There are any number of talented prospects who could appear on this list. I’d venture to say you could leave the Jets’ best
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Connor McDavid recently became the highest paid player in the NHL with his $12.5 million cap hit for eight years, and $100 million contract. McDavid’s extension gives Winnipeg Jets fans the chance to speculate on their own wonder kid, Patrik Laine and what sort of contract he will be signing in one year’s time when
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With free agency now behind them, the Winnipeg Jets should turn their attention to one of their best in-house players: Jacob Trouba. Trouba represents the second head of Winnipeg’s two-headed monster from their first cluster of promising prospects. Both were taken at key positions in order to solidify the Jets there for years to come.
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Look, we all know that the Winnipeg Jets are going to be good soon. They have a deep prospect pool, an elite centerman, a world-class winger and a solid blue line. But the Jets had a disappointing 2016-17 season, missing the playoffs by seven points. With a young team a year older, boosted with a
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The Winnipeg Jets, in past years, have at most dipped a toe in the muddy waters of free agency. This year they hiked up their bathing suits, held their breath and dove in. Never before have the Jets handed out so much money to free agents as they did on this July 1. The contracts given
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The Winnipeg Jets have signed goaltender Steve Mason to a two-year contract worth $4.1 million per year, as first reported by Jeff Hamilton of the Winnipeg Free Press and later confirmed by Sportsnet’s John Shannon. Steve Mason, 2 years…. 4.1 million per year.#SigningSeason — John Shannon (@JSportsnet) July 1, 2017 The 29-year-old Mason spent the
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July 1 has become the most important holiday on the Canadian calendar. The free agent frenzy shuts down the entire country as people sit glued to their televisions, wondering who will be signed next. Canadians even shoot off fireworks at the end of the day. Canada was closed Feb. 24, 2002. Hockey is that important.
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We’ve all heard it before: coveted free agents don’t want to come to Winnipeg. There are myriad reasons that supposedly make Winnipeg one of the least desired destinations in the NHL every year. Cold temperatures, a fishbowl type market in which your every move is scrutinized, high taxes, and a low Canadian Dollar all contribute to
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With the 24th Pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, the Winnipeg Jets Have Selected Kristian Vesalainen From Frolunda in the SHL. About Kristian Vesalainen Kristian Veslainen is a big, physical winger who can use his size and his booming shot with a quick release to generate offense for his team. If that sounds familiar,
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Earlier this week, the longest-serving captain in the NHL and tied for the fifth longest-serving captain in NHL history, Shane Doan was informed by the Arizona Coyotes that he will not be offered a contract to return to the club next season. The change comes amidst the youth movement initiated by Coyotes’ general manager, John Chayka.
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Nicolas Hague, like seemingly every other prospect in this year’s entry draft, is a polarizing figure. The pros are obvious for the young man from Kitchener – he’s listed at 6’6″ and 214 pounds and he’s a left-shooting defenseman. He’s not afraid to use that size, and unlike Jets prospect Logan Stanley at this time last
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In the minds of Winnipeg Jets fans, Toby Enstrom has done the team a service. While the Jets have been mum, as usual, on whether they asked Enstrom to waive his no-movement clause ahead of the expansion draft, word came from the veteran defenseman’s camp yesterday that he had indeed been approached, and had agreed
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Twitter is the most polarizing creation in the history of mankind. I might be exaggerating, but its existence has created a completely different way for fans to react to everyday events, including what their favorite NHL team does or doesn’t do. Just 15 years ago, you would have to call a local radio station to
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The Pittsburgh Penguins are your 2016-17 Stanley Cup champions. It’s not exactly a surprise, but it was unlikely. The last repeat champion was the Detroit Red Wings back in 1997-98. The National Hockey League is known to be a ‘copycat’ league. Whichever team takes home the Stanley Cup ends up becoming the blueprint for other
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On the surface, Juuso Valimaki ticks quite a few of the boxes for the Winnipeg Jets. Defenseman? Check. Left handed? Check. Puck mover, puts up points and has decent size? Check, check and check. With all the fervor surrounding the upcoming expansion draft, it’s easy to forget the Jets have one of the busiest days
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Toby Enstrom presents the Winnipeg Jets with a conundrum ahead of the expansion draft. On the one hand, Enstrom is not, for most Jets fans, priority number one to protect. The Jets are no doubt reluctant to go the 4×4 (four defensemen and four forwards) route, as this would expose somebody up front that they
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We’ve reached the end, Vegas Golden Knights fans. The Winnipeg Jets are the final course in our 30-part seminar on players you should be familiar with ahead of this month’s expansion draft. Get invested in the local sporting club by reading up on the other 29 teams we’ve covered. Be sure to review those entries
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The Windsor Spitfires, hosts and winners of the 2017 Memorial Cup, were not your typical hosts. The format the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) uses for the Memorial Cup includes the winner from the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), the winner from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), and the winner from the Western Hockey League
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“Why do you guys want to talk to me? I’m nothing special,” joked Patrik Laine of the Winnipeg Jets after a late-March game in New Jersey. Quite modest for a kid who just turned 19-years-old after completing his first full NHL season with the Winnipeg Jets. The Jets, who jumped from 6th to 2nd in
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The playoffs began with six former Winnipeg Jets suiting up. Of those six former Jets, Montreal’s Al Montoya, Boston’s Drew Stafford, Chicago’s Johnny Oduya and Calgary’s Michael Frolik were eliminated in the first round and their seasons subsequently ended. The two former Jets that remain are New York’s Tanner Glass and Pittsburgh’s Ron Hainsey. Glass and Hainsey are
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It’s no secret that the Winnipeg Jets have one of the best prospect pools in the NHL. Since The Hockey News predicted the Jets would be the 2019 Stanley Cup champions, they have added Patrik Laine and Logan Stanley in the draft, plus picked up Marko Dano in a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks. The 2016-17
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The Winnipeg Jets have built a team through the draft since they arrived in Manitoba back in 2011. This year, more than any other, those draft picks got a chance to play. For many, it was a great year with lots of opportunities. Mark Scheifele, Patrik Laine, Nikolaj Ehlers, Jacob Trouba and Josh Morrissey all
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The Winnipeg Jets finished off their season on Saturday night, defeating the Nashville Predators and extending their winning streak to seven. That streak is now the longest in franchise history, breaking a record that dated back to 2010 while the team was still in Atlanta. While the year didn’t end the way the Jets wanted
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April 3 will now be known as the day national pride and excitement were torn from the hands of hockey fans, as the National Hockey League released a statement confirming that they will not participate at the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The decision came after months of speculation that the negotiations between the
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With just two games left in the schedule, the Winnipeg Jets once again find themselves on the outside looking in. With the playoffs no longer an option, the Jets have now won five straight games. The season wasn’t a complete loss. Lots of good came out of it, including Mark Scheifele cementing himself as an