July 19 2013 07:49AM
Usually when you come face-to-face with a glare like that, it means you done goofed, or you play for Ottawa. Now it could be because you’re training with him and Steven Stamkos.
Wait what?!?! Oh, you heard me.
Gary Roberts as in the man-beast who terrorized the league for parts of three decade. Steven Stamkos as in the guy who sniped 60 goals in a season. You could be hanging out with these guys. Well, not really “hanging out,” per se. Allow me to explain…
The offseason is getting shorter and shorter. You can’t just let your fitness go to crap in the summer, because once the season fires up again, you’ll look like a pylon out there.
Enter: the last team standing
The Nike Hockey Facebook experience at www.lastteamstanding.ca lets players create a team with their friends and show how they’re dedicating the summer to training. The page has training videos designed by Gary Roberts, and Toronto’s strength and conditioning coach from 2002-2009, Matt Nichol. Obviously, these two guys know their stuff.
But Steve, what’s in it for me? I’ll tell you, whatever your name is!
July 19 2013 03:38AM
The Jets came to terms with RFA Paul Postma yesterday, leaving only the Big 3 still without contracts of the RFA's who filed for arbitration. Postma had an uneven season, posting 4-5-9 in 34 games, but scoring two of his four goals in one game against the Islanders and being posterized on a number of ill-advised pinches late in the year. As with Tangradi, we'll look at the player and the contract separately.
July 17 2013 05:03PM
Today I continue what has seemingly become my “acquire all ex-Leafs” series by looking at the possibility of the Jets one day picking up James Reimer. I have already written pieces about how lovely it would have been for the Jets to snag now Senator Clarke MacArthur, and Mikhail Grabovski (my fingers are still crossed on this one) and there are some serious reasons to think that James Reimer may be the next excellent Leaf player to be on his way out of town. So hey, if Dave Nonis is willing to make all of the players who helped get his team to the playoffs available, who am I to not hope they appear in Winnipeg?
July 16 2013 02:20PM
Eric Tangradi at AHL All-Star Game, 2011. Photo by Bridget Samuels
GM Kevin Cheveldayoff has finally made a move, avoiding arbitration with Eric Tangradi by signing the RFA to a 2 year contract worth a total of $1.35M. Tangradi made a minor impact on the scoresheet this past season with the Jets, recording just four points in his 370 minutes of ice. Claude Noel preferred to play James Wright on the 3rd line for much of the year, but Tangradi's late combination with Santorelli and Burmistrov showed that Tangradi can affect the game positively, even if the points didn't flow.
Below some thoughts on Tangradi's place in the lineup and instant analysis on the contract itself.
July 16 2013 04:55AM
The Jets Development Camp started yesterday. All ten of the Jets draft picks this year are in attendance among the 43 prospects on display. For the first time since Comeau took over as Head Scout, skill is the buzz word surrounding a crop of picks, and with good reason.
There were reams of pixels spilled about the Jets and Thrashers poor draft record under Marcel Comeau. Our friends at Arctic Ice tried to lower expectations via infographic. I, myself, looked at Comeau's record between 2003 and 2010 to find a pitiful success rate after 12th overall - just Pavelec and Enstrom can be counted as successes from 54 selections made in the latter 200 picks. The conclusion was obvious. For a rebuilding team, Marcel Comeau’s record demanded he be let go.
The Jets draft this year, then, has to be considered as much surprising as it was successful. Sure, the idea is to get good players. I just didn't know if Comeau knew that. And with Chevledayoff’s record of building a team through the waiver wire, I wasn’t sure he did either.