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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Bodog: Paul Maurice among likely coach firings

Mack Irwin
October 20 2016 12:26PM

Online gambling site Bodog has released betting lines on the first NHL coach to get the axe this season. Jets coach Paul Maurice made the cut at number six on their list, with 7/1 odds to be the first coach fired this season.

In two and a half seasons with the Jets, Maurice has steered the franchise to a 98-79-26 regular season record and one playoff series. But rather than pushing beyond the first round after the franchise's first playoff berth, last year's Jets crashed and burned to a 78-point season.

Is Maurice's job really at risk this season? Should it be? Read on after the jump.

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Jacob Trouba update: 3 potential trades

Mack Irwin
October 17 2016 10:34AM

Halfway through October and two games into the season, nothing seems to have changed between the Winnipeg Jets and Jacob Trouba.

With each passing game the pressure increases. Trouba is staring down a December 1st deadline: if he hasn't signed a deal by that date, he'll be unable to play anywhere in the league this season. Is moving to a team with greater opportunity on the right side worth risking a year over? Meanwhile, in the unforgiving Central Division, a handful of losses in the fall could mean watching the playoffs on TV in the spring. Can the Jets afford to leave Trouba sitting idle?

But if Kevin Cheveldayoff has proved anything at the helm of the Jets, it's that he'll wait -- and wait, and wait -- until the return he's looking for presents itself. Read on after the jump for three trade options for Kevin Cheveldayoff and the Jets.

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Central Division Preview: Minnesota Wild

Mack Irwin
September 29 2016 12:00PM

This preseason we will be previewing each of the Jets' competitors in the Central Division. Today we'll cover the Minnesota Wild ahead of their preseason matchup at the MTS Centre tonight. 

The Minnesota Wild should be one of the most compelling teams in hockey this season. Not compelling in a "great players/exciting style/winning lots of games" sort of way; the Wild are going to be interesting in an academic sense, an experiment as to how much of an impact NHL coaches can make.

This is a team that has, for years, been just a hair better than average. Their past three seasons have resulted in one first-round exit and two second round defeats. Their best players -- Ryan Suter, Zach Parise, Mikko Koivu -- are all over 30, and their only significant on-ice addition this summer was in adding 31-year-old Eric Staal.

But the Wild had a job opening at exactly the right time, and so just over a week after being fired by the Anaheim Ducks, Minnesota were able to lock down one of the best hockey coaches in the world to a four-year contract. The roster has hardly changed -- good but not great, sure to contend for the playoffs but no guarantee to make it there -- but the man behind the bench has. And with the Stars, Blues, Blackhawks and Predators entrenched at the top of the division, the Jets' road back to the playoffs this season goes through Minnesota.

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