November 30 2015 10:36AM
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The status of key pending unrestricted free agents stars Dustin Byfuglien and Andrew Ladd is the biggest Winnipeg Jets story going this season.
There are a variety of other interesting Jets subplots - from how Connor Hellebuyck and Nikolaj Ehlers fare in their first taste of NHL action, to how the Jets sort through contract issues with pending restricted players like Jacob Trouba and Mark Scheifele - but how this small market (albeit successful) club opts to deal with Ladd and Byfuglien is a bigger, global-type issue.
Do the Jets believe in this core group of players? Are they willing to let one or both of Ladd and Byfuglien walk? These are easily the biggest questions facing this organization this season. And of late, this mammoth quandary has intersected with the availability of New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic - a Manitoba-born defenseman eager to play for the Jets.
On Monday, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman - who recently opined that the Jets re-engaged Byfuglien in contract extension talks in the context of getting their ducks in a row on the Hamonic front - suggested in a radio appearance on Sportsnet 960 that the Jets have offered the Islanders a Byfuglien for Hamonic swap. Obviously it wasn't enough to convince the Islanders to do the deal.
November 28 2015 11:56PM
That was fun while it lasted.
A day after playing a game in Minnesota much like they had all of last season with tight checking, disciplined play, the Winnipeg Jets regressed back to the form we have seen from them more often than not this season.
Less than ideal goaltending, bad turnovers and poor defensive coverage leading to early mistakes doomed the Jets to a 5-3 loss against the Colorado Avalanche.
November 28 2015 12:19PM
If anyone read yesterday's game preview, you will understand why I am so happy right now.
Not only did the Jets win 3-1 against a Minnesota Wild team who have been dominant at home and just had Zach Parise return to the lineup, but Connor Hellebuyck ended up making his NHL debut with his first NHL start and grabbed his first NHL win.
November 27 2015 08:11PM
The Winnipeg Jets hoped to take flight again after a tumultuous span that has seen them go (insert record) and lose goaltender Ondrej Pavelec to injury. Luckily some guy named Connor Hellebuyck was up to the task and led the Jets to a 3-1 victory over the Wild.
Lets take a look at the game.
November 27 2015 03:37PM
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Though Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba has struggled offensively to start the 2015-16 campaign, his physical game has always been on point.
The young Jets defenseman often throws his weight around with reckless abandon, and packs a larger wallop than one would expect considering his stature. On Friday afternoon, Trouba threw a vicious shoulder check on Minnesota Wild forward Mikael Granlund.
There was no penalty assessed on the play, but considering the level and force of contact that Trouba made with Granlund's head, it wouldn't be a complete shock if this hit were escalated for further review by the NHL's Department of Player Safety.