January 13 2013 12:48AM
After asking its fans to spend their fall and early winter doing other things, our country's favourite time-waster is officially back in business. The league and PA signed their long-awaited MOU this evening, which will allow the NHL to resume something resembling normal operations later today. With that, a round-up of a few items of interest is in order. After the jump, schedule notes for the Jets, as well as a few thoughts about some of the new terms in the CBA.
January 11 2013 06:18PM
With the NHL back and the Winnipeg Jets about to reconvene at and take over the MTS Centre this winter, the team we saw leave the ice last April will have some additions, subtractions, and some new faces that are rookie fresh.
Since we haven't had any Jets news for nearly four months, let's reintroduce fans and mix and match our Winnipeg Jets for 2013.
January 11 2013 09:24AM
If the headline isn't enough to raise a few eyebrows as to what Winnipeg's hockey-lovin', blue-collar fans think about Evander Kane and his superstar ways, check out the poll at the bottom of the page. Having worked our way through the "uncoachable" meme from about a month ago, it's onto the next ridiculous bit of criticism of Kane, who is, to be clear, the only player who scored 30 goals last year below the age of 21. He is also, along with Steven Stamkos, Sidney Crosby and Jordan Staal, are the only players to score 60 or more times before turning 21 since the lost season.
Head to Twitter and pump in Evander Kane's name. You will find dozens of tweets from outside Winnipeg defending Kane from the attacks he takes within the Winnipeg media. I'm sure Evander, who is named after a boxer and once took out Matt Cooke with a single punch, doesn't need our help. The "trending article" is a Winnipeg Sun 200-word screwjob with the teaser "Where's Evander?" and tagline "Jets forward a no-show on the ice."
January 09 2013 03:48PM
Welly. Welly. Welly. If our old friends at Bodog didn't release the odds of winning the Stanley Cup now that the lockout has ended - a mere 145 months after it began. Good news in these parts up here in Edmonton, because it confirms something we already knew - The Oilers are awesome.
January 09 2013 11:50AM
Just because you're into fantasy hockey doesn't mean you're this guy.
In case you haven't heard, the NHL is back.
I'm aware that some people have been put off by the ordeal that dragged on through to January 6th, claiming that they're not coming back to the game. And while I disagree with those sentiments, everyone is entitled to their beliefs. I'll personally be enjoying the NHL product as much as I have in the years leading up to this lockout; if not even more, now that I have been reminded of terrible life without it can be.
One of the ways in which I consume the product, making the most of the experience, is by playing in fantasy hockey leagues. It's competitive, it's fun, it allows you to feel like a General Manager (without the stress that accompanies that position), and it makes you care about things you may not have necessarily cared about otherwise.
Friend of the blog, Jeff Angus, and I have combined to give a fantasy hockey preview of sorts, with a focus on the more prevalent questions surrounding the Winnipeg Jets heading into this shortened 2013 season. Believe it or not, the Jets enter the season as one of the more fascinating teams from a fantasy perspective, with a roster that boasts a handful of multi-dimensional talents.
Read Past the Jump for More.