JGD 61: Taking on Julien's Canadiens

Mack Irwin
February 18 2017 08:22AM


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The Jets take on the Montreal Canadiens this afternoon, at 1 o'clock CT. This will be the first game for the Canadiens since the surprise firing of Michel Therrien and subsequent hiring of Claude Julien.

This is another tough game against a good team, after a physical, intense matchup against the Penguins on Thursday. If the Jets play as well as they did on Thursday, though, they might actually win a game. You can catch this one on CBC.

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Jets Nation Recap: Sid the kid hits 1000

Mack Irwin
February 16 2017 08:49PM


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That was a great hockey game. That was a great hockey game. It didn't end the way the Jets were hoping -- the Penguins scored an overtime winner with 22 seconds left -- but despite a tepid start, it was one of the most exciting Jets games of the season.

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JGD 59: Stars at Jets

Mack Irwin
February 14 2017 12:30PM


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The Jets take on the Dallas Stars at the MTS Centre tonight, in a game that should be more intriguing than it is. 

Both the Jets and the Stars entered the season with grand aspirations -- a return to the playoffs for the Jets, another shot at Cup contention for the Stars -- that have since crashed down to earth. According to hockeyviz.com, the Stars have a 12% chance of making the playoffs, while the Jets trail even that at 5%. So the stakes are, um, not high tonight.

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Patrik Laine Selected for 2017 All-Star Game

Mack Irwin
January 10 2017 10:29AM

The rosters for the 2017 All-Star Game in Los Angeles have been announced, where the Jets will be represented -- health permitting -- by Finnish rookie Patrik Laine.

But since Laine was officially diagnosed with a concussion just days ago, there is a strong possibility that the Jets will be sending another representative in his place. That could mean a trip to LA for Dustin Byfuglien, Winnipeg's four-time all-star; captain Blake Wheeler; Mark Scheifele, the Jets' number one centre; or Nikolaj Ehlers, the electric young Dane.

Even if Laine is unable to attend All-Star weekend, it's a significant accomplishment for the Jets' rookie. It speaks to how highly-regarded he is around the NHL already -- and, as reported by Chris Johnston, it triggers a $212,500 bonus clause in his contract. Not bad.

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Andrew Ladd off to a tough start in Brooklyn

Mack Irwin
December 08 2016 08:24AM

The New York Islanders made full use of the early negotiation period before free agency this summer, locking up former Jets captain Andrew Ladd before lunch on July 1st.

For five seasons Ladd was the unquestioned leader of the Jets: talented, physical, and loyal. But as he and Dustin Byfuglien inched towards free agency, the Jets decided to trade their captain and sign the big defenceman long-term.

On July 1st, the New York Islanders signed Ladd to a seven year, 38.5 million dollar contract. And 25 games into the season, he has been perhaps the most disappointing player on the NHL's most disappointing team.

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