September 30 2013 12:08AM
The Winnipeg Jets preseason is finally over.
After back-to-back losses to the defending Eastern Conference Champion Boston Bruins, the Jets finished their third preseason in Manitoba with a 1-4-3 (Wins-Losses-Overtime/Shootout losses) record– last in the new Central Division. This isn't exactly what one would expect from a team looking to make that final push into the postseason for the first time in six years, but the operative word–preseason– says there's little reason to start panicking.
September 29 2013 02:58PM
The Jets put two players on waivers today - 23 year old Patrice Cormier and the recently signed Adam Pardy. With a final cut to go, the options for the team have narrowed to the three remaining non-waiver eligible skaters - Trouba, Scheifele, and Redmond. Reactions and thoughts below.
September 28 2013 04:45AM
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Final Roster Cut-Down is Monday, with final waiver submissions due by noon eastern on Sunday. With the Jets' final loss of the pre-season in the books, we have a weekend of speculation ahead of us.
After sending down Edward Pasquale on Wednesday, the Jets have 26 remaining in camp - 15 forwards, 9 defencemen, and 2 netminders. While we could wait and see whom the Jets choose, I think it's a little more fun to stick our necks out and make some predictions.
September 28 2013 03:49AM
Cam Charron wrote a very thoughtful article yesterday about the role the shrinking cap played in giving RFAs with arbitration rights more leverage than usual this past off-season. He talks about how Nonis did well with Franson and Kadri (who could not / did not file for arbitration), while doing poorly in a relative sense with Bernier, Fraser, and Gunnarsson. Had those players been awarded inflated 1-year deals, Charron reasons, the team cap structure would have been even worse off, and Nonis knew that.
It made me reflect on the situation between the Jets and the Arbitration 5 this off-season. Were Cheveldayoff's hands tied by a coming cap crunch? Was he doing his GM'ly duties on a level this blogger failed to even comprehend? But also - what are Cheveldayoff's patterns, and what can we learn from them?
In fairness to Cam - his thoughtful article was also an exercise in self-reflection toward understanding our own limitations as analysts and writers. I won't do that part of his article justice in the words to follow.
September 27 2013 12:28PM
Nothing about Wellwood this week, I just love the little guy.
This weekly column looks to discuss a certain number of relevant Jets topics on a certain day of the week. That certain number? Five. That day of the week? Friday. Also, hole. This is the Friday Five-Hole.