May 29 2013 02:34PM
The Summer of Rebuild is upon the Jets, with a well publicized and frequently discussed 17 RFAs and 12 UFAs to deal with from last year's 48 man roster, as well as a host of prospects who have outworn their welcome in Junior. While many of those 29 players will be flushed or not make an impact on the big league roster, Ron Hainsey has reached UFA status after a season in which he played the 3rd most minutes per game among Jets defencemen, including the most short handed minutes of any defender.
His season was... He tried really hard, guys. Hainsey was used against the toughest opponents, with the hardest zone start on the team, and had Ondrej Pavelec as a goalie. Not surprisingly, the outcome wasn't pretty. By advanced metrics, it was Hainsey's worst season in recent memory. Interestingly for Jets fans, if you haven't watched Ron Hainsey's career, you might not know that Claude Noel used Hainsey in a way no coach ever has. In fact, as we examine the cliff Hainsey seems to have descended with alacrity, we'll keep in mind the man who pushed him. What role might the former powerplay specialist turned penalty kill specialist have with the team moving forward? Most importantly, what is Hainsey's worth to the Jets and what kind of salary might he command this summer?
May 23 2013 07:08PM
Every week or two, I have a few thoughts. This week I consider Gary Lawless' call for Alain Vigneault as coach in light of the news that he's available and look at Cory Pronman's newest draft rankings .
May 14 2013 11:40PM
We nominated, you voted, and the results are in. We're down to the final category for the 2013 Jets Nation Year End Awards where we reveal your reader picks with our writers' perspectives. We might have tricked you into thinking we were done handing out hardware last week (by lying to you - what a cunning ruse), but how silly do you feel now?! Last and definitely least, the Jets' goat of 2013.
May 14 2013 03:51PM
We nominated, you voted, and the results are in. We're down to the final two categories for the 2013 Jets Nation Year End Awards where we reveal your reader picks with our writers' perspectives. We might have tricked you into thinking we were done handing out hardware last week (by lying to you - what a cunning ruse), but how silly do you feel now?! We still need to crown our Most Valuable Player and name our summer whipping boy! In this article - the
missing link! Jets' Most Valuable Player!
May 08 2013 05:25PM
We nominated, you voted, and the results are in. All this week Jets Nation will be revealing your reader picks with our writers' perspectives for the 2013 Year-End Awards. Today is the exciting category of Best Young Player Outside the NHL. Some in the Nations Network voted on best Rookie for their team, but the Jets' young talent is mostly bubbling under. The Jets had a lot of good news on the Prospect front, with Scheifele deep in the OHL playoffs, Lowry being named Best Player in the WHL, Eric O'Dell delivering a quality season in bad circumstances, and Trouba turning pro. Who did you like best?