January 09 2013 10:19AM
On May 31st, 2011, Gary Bettman held a press conference at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg. The reason? To announce that the City’s beloved Jets were finally coming back home. As expected, the city went wild with excitement. Whether it was for financial reasons, a weak Canadian dollar, or any political reasons that were never made public, Winnipeg had been wronged in a terrible manner. But, on that day, on May 31st, 2011, that unforgettable wrong, had been righted; and the heroes were True North Sports and Entertainment.
So how do things get better for Winnipeg than that right? I mean the team is under virtually no pressure to bring the city a Stanley Cup right now. With the combination of the fan’s euphoria, and the years committed by the season ticket holders, the MTS Centre will be packed for at least five years. The Jets have it made, right?
There is another thing for Jets fans to be excited about, and it’s not going to be a one-time ovation type celebration. Andrew Ladd, in his role as captain of the Winnipeg Jets, is a relationship that is going to grow and even further endear the fanbase with this team, and as a result will entrench this team once again within the community.
I had the great pleasure to talk with Andrew, and discuss his first year with this new team and this new city. I first met Andrew in his days with the Calgary Hitmen, and grew to respect him, not just as a player, but as young man; focused and dedicated. You could see even then how driven he was to be the best he could be in making his team the best they could be. A trait he carried on into the NHL, and helped him to carry not one, but two Stanley Cups.
This is not an interview about labour talks or CBA negotiation tactics. I agreed to not ask Andrew about those issues, to respect his place within the NHLPA. It’s about hockey, and a player that truly loves to play the game.
January 08 2013 10:53PM
Speculation is flying that Kovalchuk might stay in the KHL, Ryan O'Reilly is still playing until he signs a new deal with the Avalanche, and KHL President Medvedev is pretty much threatening war against the NHL.
Ignore the KHL now? The fun might just be getting started. Enjoy!
January 06 2013 05:04PM
What's that thing called when you break up with someone, both see other people and then decide you are going to get back together and have to pretend like the last 6 months never happened? Yeah. It's time for about 1000cc of that.
January 06 2013 09:11AM
As plenty of outlets are reporting, the NHL and the NHLPA finally decided that their game of silly bugger had reached its useful end early this morning, agreeing to terminate the lockout by signing a 10 year CBA. After the jump, a brief review of a few highlights from a Winnipeg POV.
January 04 2013 11:54AM
For the most part, the lockout has been a complete bore. Forget for a second that we're being deprived of professional hockey because of it. The coverage itself has been riddled with boring legal and economic mumbo jumbo that most hockey fans didn't sign up for. At this point, I'm sure most people would simply like to know whether a season will be played or not; without having to sift through the rest of the garbage (pardon my French).
But on Wednesday, word came out that a new collective bargaining agreement would provide teams with the luxury of two amnesty buyouts - essentially with the purpose being to provide cap relief - in an attempt to get under the $60 million cap that is set to be imposed for 2013-14.
This revelation has provided food for thought, and given legitimate hockey-related content to consider. Which brings up the question: how would it impact the Winnipeg Jets?
Read Past the Jump for More.