December 16 2013 08:16PM
I always enjoy taking a sneak peek at the future of the Winnipeg Jets. It brings optimism, hope, and a sense that the franchise is actually going somewhere.
And for the first time in the entire franchise's history - Atlanta and Winnipeg - the team actually knows how to draft quality players who will be in the lineup and not playing in the ECHL (remember Daultan Leveille or Alex Bourret anyone?).
There are four Winnipeg Jets prospects on their respective countries rosters coming up for the World Juniors in Sweden and it is very exciting to see what they offer their country with their skills.
December 16 2013 04:12PM
Rhys Finnick sounds off on where the problems of the Jets lie, and the inadequecy of blaming Claude Noel.
December 16 2013 02:12PM
It seems just a little fitting that the team is rolling through Columbus on their way to their first winable game in over a week against Buffalo. The team is emotionally fraught and seems to stand divided. Wheeler fired shots at the organization after another ugly loss to a division rival, while Claude Noel said his squad played with limited hockey inteligence against Dallas.
If changes are made of any size, they will feel dramatic for a team that's run more like a family business than a professional sports franchise (a vaguely anti-Russian family business). Three years in, the core of the team and much of the coaching staff remains the same without the results to justify it.
Mark Chipman and Kevin Cheveldayoff call it 'loyalty.' But on this club, it's a loyalty divided, and things are reaching the point that management is going to have to pick their allegiance - the players or the coach.
December 15 2013 05:41PM
Suspended for 15 games. Wait, no...3 games. My bad.
December 15 2013 12:40PM
Obviously, this post is almost a full day late. I watched the game in real time, and I opened the blog, and I wrote a few words. But to be honest, it can be extremely difficult to write about this team after games like this one. The outcome is known before puck drop. It's the duty of the fan to hope against reason, while the (well) paid professionals that assembled and coach the team seem obstinate in the face of overwhelming common sense.
All fans are really asking for is a management group that will meet them half way. You don't have to win the cup this year, but show progress - prove that you're aware of what's happening and that we're all watching the same game.
Intead, the Jets third miserable afternoon performance of the season revealed all of the worst parts of this club.