February 6, 2012
No Trade Clause No More...
Jeff Carter has been the hottest topic of conversation in the NHL the last few weeks. The speculation surrounding Columbus is that General Manager Scott Howson is very much open to making enormous and sweeping changes in the organization. It sounds like he would like to retain his long time captain, Rick Nash, but he did not sugar coat the reality that Jeff Carter is available for a trade.
I don’t think it’s really necessary to talk about the reasons that Carter may be available. They are pretty obvious at this point. The Jackets are dead last by a country mile and their organization is veering dangerously close to being an embarassment. With a massive payroll not living up to expectations, changes must be made. Read the rest of this entry »
December 13, 2011
The Winnipeg Jets have stolen away Antti Miettinen from the Tampa Bay Lightning this morning. Miettinen was playing hockey in Europe this season before signing a two year deal with the Bolts yesterday. However, because he was playing overseas, he had to clear waivers to join the club. Many thought that signing him for two years instead of one would scare teams away from claiming him, but the Jets have jumped right back into the waiver wire fold.
This move serves a few purposes. First and foremost, the Jets have been a very banged up team this year. With Antropov constantly on the mend and the blueline always in a state of disrepair, the team has looked to add reinforcements on a few occassions. Miettinen is a guy who can step into multiple roles, and will be able to help the team with any number of injury related deficiencies Read the rest of this entry »
October 6, 2011
The Winnipeg Jets have made their first waiver claim just hours before the opening ceremonies kick off at the Forks. This should add a little more excitement to what is already sure to be an intense weekend in the Peg.
While Brett MacLean is hardly a star caliber acquisition, he does have a lengthy track record of success and a fairly high ceiling at the NHL level. Selected 32nd overall in the 2007 Entry Draft, MacLean is yet another prospect who has little to no interest in playing with the Coyotes. The Coyotes’ other top pick, Kyle Turris, is currently holding out for more money as well, and many believe it is because he simply wants out of the desert. Read the rest of this entry »
June 13, 2011
The Captain (Photo Courtesy of Pierre Lebrun and Sunny Pathok)
Andrew Ladd (Left Wing)
6’3″, 205 pounds, Age 25
At just 25 years old Andrew Ladd has achieved some rare feats in the NHL. Most notably, Ladd has won the Stanley Cup with two separate franchises already. Most players are lucky to get a single shot at the Cup in their entire career. To do it with two separate teams is actually a remarkable occurrence. It would seem that if you want to get your team to go all the way, Ladd is the kind of guy you want on your side. Read the rest of this entry »
June 7, 2011
No More Bob Essensa
Ondrej Pavelec (Goaltender)
6’3″, 220 pounds, Age 24
The new NHL team in Winnipeg will boast a Czech goalie who many will be unfamiliar with. Casual followers of the NHL in Winnipeg might only know Ondrej Pavelec for this scary moment in his young career: Read the rest of this entry »
May 31, 2011
Face of the Franchise
Dustin Byfuglien (Defence / Right Wing)
Age 26, 6’5”, 265 pounds
While Evander Kane is probably the eventual face of the franchise in Winnipeg, there is no doubt that Dustin Byfuglien is currently the most marketable star on the roster. Winnipeg fans will have memories of ‘Big Buff’ terrorizing the Canucks for the past two post-seasons on route to his Stanley Cup victory in the 2010. During that dominating performance Byfuglien forced the introduction of new hockey buzz word ‘swagger’. He was seemingly drenched in confidence, and that attitude was contagious. There is little doubt that he was an absolutely key cog for Chicago in that Cup run. Known for his net presence and purely intimidating size, Byfuglien is a virtually irreplaceable part of the puzzle. Read the rest of this entry »