July 12 2013 03:24AM
Evidence that Byran Little has a signature. Photo by Timmy F.
Our own Travis Hrubeniuk was candid in his review of the RFA situation developing in Winnipeg this week. GM Kevin Cheveldayoff has a growing mess on his hands, after bowing out of the Free Agent Frenzy (apologies to future bench warmer Adam Pardy), losing Burmistrov to the KHL, and now having three critical, cornerstone RFA signings turn into a power struggle with a deadline. Oh, and Tangradi and Postma also filed for arbitration.
The pressing questions, then, are: 1) how far apart are the team and the players in negotiations?; and 2) what are the big three worth in terms of money?
July 08 2013 12:01PM
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It's going to be a sour day in the Jets blogosphere. Alexander Burmistrov, the under-used, under-appreciated advanced stats wunderkind has signed a two year deal with Ak Bars Kazan of the KHL.
This was a known possibility, and Burmistrov was rumoured by Gary Lawless to want out of town, to want away from Claude Noel. Noel is a middling coach, and I suspect fans and bloggers alike would have happily sent Noel to Russia in Burmi's place. Not only that, but the team's refusal to trade Burmistrov means that the two main assets they had at the deadline - Hainsey being the other - were allowed to walk for nothing. Cheveldayoff had an excellent draft and addressed a known deficiency at forward this off-season, but continues to play a two-steps-forward, one-step-back game in building his roster.
July 08 2013 07:04AM
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Every week or two, I have a few thoughts. I've decided to call this the Extra Attacker. Sure, it's only July, but the Jets have made a few moves and perhaps tipped their hand about how the roster will look in 2013/14. Below we'll discuss the Pardy signing, the Montoya re-signing, have a look at the depth chart, and talk about what's left to do.
July 07 2013 05:35AM
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Here at Jets Nation, I spend a lot of time trying to fix the second line. I mean, like, way more time than Kevin Cheveldayoff does (can we call him the Other Kevin yet?). Recently I suggested Michael Ryder for the job, and also Ales Hemsky as a discount trade option. Yesterday the Jets finally made a move to address the gaping hole in their lineup most recently filled by Antti Miettinen and Kyle Wellwood by bringing in one-time 30 goal scorer Devin Setoguchi for a 2014 2nd round pick.
The catch is that he truly is a one-time 30 goal scorer, averaging just 22 goals and 42 points per 82 games when his top season is excluded. Those totals have context, of course, and this past year Setoguchi was the 17th highest scoring right winger by points per 60 minutes of even strength ice time. The year prior, he was the 71st highest scoring right winger by the same metric. Who is the Gucher, really?
July 02 2013 04:52PM
Excusez-moi pour le retard. Even while I'm in Paris (France, not Texas), I can't help but be excited for the Jets draft. Round 4 continued a name-brand draft of skaters who had fallen more than they should have as the Jets shook off years of trying to outsmart the scouting community at large, and fishing at lesser known fishing holes (that netted them one of the worst drafting records of the past decade). First, at 104, the Jets took Andrew Copp - an over-age centre at the University of Michigan and a natural athlete with a limited scouting report prior to this year. Ten picks later, the Jets took Rimouski defenceman Jan Kostalek who was ranked in preliminary rankings as highly as 25 (The Scouting Report) but fell rapidly due to scoring concerns in his first North American season. Both players represent incredible value for a 4th round selection, and below we will talk about why.