Hard Decisions

Kevin McCartney
April 02 2013 04:12AM

 

Dropping their third straight game, and 5th of their last 7 but still atop the Southeast Division, the Jets are in an unenviable place for this deadline. It's clear that this roster needs upgrading to reasonably expect to advance in the playoffs, and perhaps even just to make them. A second line right winger with some scoring ability, a third-line left winger who can play both ways and drive the play, maybe a depth defenceman, and even another depth forward could all reasonably be put on a wish list for the short-term, while a solution in net, more high-end talent, and another top 4 defenceman are likely on everyone's long-term radar. With just 10 players from their current roster under contract for next year and over $30M in estimated cap space, the Jets face a challenging question this deadline, and one that plagued the Thrashers for a decade. Is this rebuild going to require a 'scortched earth' approach, or will the Jets attempt to compete while adding prospects? More specifically, how should the Jets manage soon-to-be UFAs and RFAs knowing that they don't have better replacements waiting next season? And how should they approach the deadline given they currently have a 48% chance of making the playoffs?

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Game #37 At New York Rangers: The Great Underachievers

Travis Hrubeniuk
April 01 2013 11:26AM

 
New York Rangers (16-15-3) Vs.
Your Winnipeg Jets (18-16-2)
 
Last Meeting:
March 14th, Jets 3 - Rangers 1
 
Broadcast:
TV: TSN Jets
Puck Drop: 6:00 (CT)
 

Preview 

One more month. Today starts the home stretch of the NHL season and the Jets are currently holding on to a playoff spot. Frustratingly, they are just holding on. A mere four points separates the current Southeast Division leading Jets from the 11th place Washington Capitals and day by day you can feel the pressure mounting. With the win on Saturday, the Hurricanes moved within 4 points of the Jets with 3 games in hand. Now, the ‘Canes do need to win those games to move ahead of the Jets, but it’s never a comfortable feeling to know that you can drop in the standings and not be able to fight it. Today's matchup against the Rangers is one the Jets need to win if they want to help secure themselves and show that they belong in the playoffs.

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Jets Trade Targets: Drew Stafford

Kevin McCartney
March 30 2013 09:50PM

 

As the trade deadline approaches, the Jets are flirting with a Division Title. Though the focus is still building from within, the team sits in a position to buy for a playoff birth and even a banner raising come October. Sure it's the Southeast Division Champion banner, but thanks to realignment, our kids won't know that isn't impressive.

In the lead up, we'll trot out some ideas for trade targets for the Jets in the hopes of being able to say 'I told you so' later on. Today we finally look at bumping Mittens down the roster by acquiring "Fu man-" Drew Stafford.

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Game #35 at Penguins: Do we have to?

Kevin McCartney
March 28 2013 04:06PM

Preview

Hey, those Penguins are big news, aren’t they? By acquiring prized deadline mover and the best right winger to ever grace the lobby of a Scotiabank, Jarome Iginla, the Pens have somehow overshadowed their own story of adding hockey-buzz-word inducing Brendan Morrow and Douglas Murray. They’re going “all-in” says GM Ray Shero, but thankfully for the Jets, their best players are almost ‘all out’ with injury tonight. (Preposition play!) Oh, except the highest scorer in the league. But really, Stamkos has a game in hand on Crosby, so assuming he can score 12 points in that game, we’ll have a new #1. Eat it Sid!

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Ondrej's Play of Late

Travis Hrubeniuk
March 27 2013 08:07AM

This won’t be a long article, and it is not going to be loaded with in-depth stats. If anything, I am writing it simply as a ‘tip of the hat‘ to a player that for the majority of this season I have been very hard on.

That’s not to say I wasn’t right to be hard on Ondrej Pavelec. After all, he was at times God awful for at least half of the season. His glove hand was pitiful, his rebound control left nothing to be desired, and it could be said that he costed the Jets a handful of games.

Let me take you back to March 8th.

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