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.
September 27 2013 10:56AM
We know you're wrong because you have a Big Bang Theory t-shirt.
Ryan Lambert over at Puck Daddy wrote a column that went up this morning about how the Toronto Maple Leafs mishandled their salary cap situation this summer. It's tough to disagree with the overarching point, that Toronto once had lots of cap space where now they have none, and if Frazer McLaren remains injured, there is a non-zero chance that Toronto will have to skate with 17 players in the opener next week to become salary cap-compliant.
But it's also not as bad as it could have been. Technology is much better now than it was five or six years ago, and we can watch not only all the games we want to, but we can also watch the decision-making process come to life. There's so much more information with which to judge players. I can remember coming out of the last lockout even, we knew the goals and assists and time on ice of the players our teams picked up, but without a handle on context everybody sort of trusted the eyes of scouts and management.
September 26 2013 07:35PM
I'm sorry if I offend any Chris Thorburn fans out there, but he is not the Jets tough guy and won't have a chance even if he wanted to. He's already had two seasons to do that, in fact.
Enter Anthony Peluso, the man who pretty much has Thorburn's job.
In the past five seasons with Atlanta and Winnipeg, Thorburn has managed to post 70 or more penalty minutes each season.
My reaction: Whoop-de-doo.
September 25 2013 06:02PM
It's coming up to Waiver Wire Season again, folks, and as we know, that's Kevin Cheveldayoff's equivalent of Free Agency and our second Christmas. Today, Ryan Jones of the Edmonton Oilers has hit waivers and the Jets are looking for players who: a) can skate; and b) come with either own equipment, preferably blue in colour. Seems like it might be a home run - let's have a closer look at whether Ryan Jones could help the Winnipeg Jets.