February 06 2013 03:36PM
News today that top prospect Mark Scheifele has been sent to wax on with Dale Hawerchuk has the internet buzzing. With a number of healthy scratches so far this season, Scheifele's return to junior shouldn't shock Winnipeg fans. No doubt we're all a little nervous, though. So let's breathe deep and do some explana-bragging for a minute.
February 06 2013 01:25PM
Alexander Burmistrovhas been in a complete slump since the start of the 2013 season and is still trying to find his groove. So far the young Russian centre is nowhere near his point production from previous years and you have to think that this can only last for so long.
Burmistrov reads plays very well and has had time on the Jets penalty kill this year because of the good defensive aspects of his game. He has a ppg average of 0.125 and that particular stat should have people guessing that something will get going with him in the next few games.
February 06 2013 11:46AM
The Winnipeg Jets have an interesting off season ahead of them, as several of their key players are pending Restricted Free Agents. A Jets team with a 2012-13 cap payroll of a little over $58.8 million is about to get a lot more expensive.
Blake Wheeler, Bryan Little, Alexander Burmistrov, Zach Bogosian and Paul Postma are all set to become RFAs this summer; a group at currently combines for a total cap hit of just $9,483,333. It's safe to say that the Jets won't get all these players back for such a friendly number, which means some important decisions are coming. Each player will get a raise, but how much?
In order to try to project possible earnings for this group (and the resulting cap crunch for the Jets), we have to look at some comparable players in age, contract situation, point production, importance to their teams, and experience.
February 05 2013 03:23PM
In their first season in St. John’s after relocating from Manitoba, the re-named IceCaps finished first place in the AHL’s Atlantic Division and made a deep run for the Calder Cup. With a largely similar core group of players still in the fold this year, there was reason to expect the team to build on its past success. More than half a season in, after a lopsided December and January, the IceCaps find themselves on the outside looking in. What exactly is going on in St. Johns?
February 05 2013 02:00PM
Scientists looking for life outside of our solar system focus on what is known as the "Goldilocks Zone." It is small band surrounding a sun similar to ours where the conditions are just right for earth-like planets to exist. There also seems to be a similar zone for NHL defenseman - especially those who were drafted well beyond the first round. Paul Postma is entering "the zone."