August 08 2014 07:42AM
There once was a time when Eric Tangradi was pegged to be an up-and-coming power forward in the NHL who could one day score a ton of goals. There’s a reason a 2nd round pick was used on the player.
Tangradi managed to find the scoreboard quite a bit in the OHL with the Belleville Bulls, and after being dealt to the Pittsburgh Penguins along with Chris Kunitz from the Anaheim Ducks for Ryan Whitney (wow, nice deal there Anaheim!) Tangradi scored decent numbers with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in the AHL.
August 05 2014 12:36PM
When the Jets re-upped Chris Thorburn’s contract to ensure he would remain a Jet for another three years with a substantial raise, a lot of eyebrows were also raised.
Thorburn has been called a ‘character guy’ and ‘a real team player’, but his on-ice performance and usefulness is falling quite drastically.
August 04 2014 02:09PM
Ever since Blake Wheeler has made the shift to the Atlanta/Winnipeg franchise, his star has taken off. It’s obvious now that Wheeler is a star player in the NHL, and he has proven that he can play tough minutes and against the leagues best defensive pairings. A switch to the second line allowed Wheeler to play against weaker competition and he excelled after a slow start.
August 01 2014 06:21PM
On Tuesday the Winnipeg Jets signed budding winger Michael Frolik to a 1-year $3.3m deal, narrowly avoiding Frolik's arbitration date which was set for July 31.
The deal is a slight raise for Frolik who put $1.9m in his bank account last year and is an extra million over his 13-14 cap hit of $2.3m.
After news broke, it was mentioned that Frolik and his agent were discussing deal as long as five years in term with Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff, so that's something that has to have the fan base excited.
Nation World HQ
August 01 2014 08:05AM
Trevor Linden sparks the fighting in hockey debate, a Jake Gardiner type deal in Justin Schultz' future, Flames and Jets goaltending, Nail Yakupov talking the talk, and more in this week's roundup