April 11 2013 11:22AM
Every week or so, I have a few thoughts. This week I look at the Jets schedule and consider how hard things will be under re-alignment, look forward to the draft to begin our conversation about who the Jets might be in on, and give a preview of articles to come with a chance for you to shape how I look at the data. A smattering of my brainy output below.
April 10 2013 03:19PM
Photo by Micha Persson
Prior to this trade deadline, we talked about the idea that the team's actions would give us a tell about the direction of the organization, and about how they perceived their window of opportunity. The action taken? Adding Mike Santorelli via waivers - a bubble player from the worst team in the league this season. I think we all wanted something more decisive, though fans seemed split between buying and selling, and a terrible streak of losing that saw the division title simply slip through our fingers peaked the frustration at our current management group.
We're still left with the question of when this management group will choose to compete, and a further question of what they intend the roster to look like when they do.
April 09 2013 05:43PM
Buffalo Sabers (16-17-6) At
Your Winnipeg Jets (19-19-2)
Last Meeting: February 19th, Jets 2 – Sabres 1
Broadcast: TSN Jets
Puck Drop: 7:00 (CT)
Buffalo is the only team in the Eastern Conference with a losing record against the Southeast Division. On top of it, they shipped out Pominville, Leopold, and Regehr since the last time the Jets played them, a 2-1 win back in the heady days of February. Still, the Jets at 3-7 in the last ten, and the Sabres have won 3 straight – apparently galvanized by their underdog status. The Jets are favoured to win, but have a meaningfully worse goal differential and are one of only ten teams in the league with fewer than 100 goals for – and a leader (along with Nashville) among that ignominious third for games played. Somehow, some way as we hold our breath for another puck drop.
April 03 2013 05:42AM
We heard in the second intermission of last night's game what we all wanted to hear - that Cheveldayoff knows we need to upgrade the right wing and that there are other additions that could be made. He also spoke of the need to continue to build for the future. We can hope that this team intends to continue to add NHL hockey players along with prospects. The 'be good' model we can call it. Inside are some (okay, many) thoughts on what shape that might take today.
April 02 2013 04:15PM
It's a tough day for Jets fans. By now we all know the situation - still atop the Southeat division, but only four points up on Carolina and a surging Washington, both of whom have games in hand. The Jets deficiencies have been on display this past week, with a lack of scoring, an ineffective powerplay, depth issues, system breakdowns, and poor goaltending all seeming to take turns in costing the team five of its last seven games - starting with the back-to-back head-shakers against Washington that let them back into the race. Most years, the Islanders would be a respite from playing teams with NHL players, but added talent on the blue line, Evgeni Nabokov (a poor goalie this year, but .040 pts better than their backup), a little luck, and the John Tavares show have vaulted the team into a tie for 8th in the East. Lucky for us, they're still awful at home.