July 31 2013 04:55PM
Coming into the summer, it was plain to see that it would be a defining one for the future of the franchise and for the legacy of General Manager Kevin Cheveldayoff. Ten picks at the draft for a prospect starved franchise, just 19 contracts signed to the 50 man limit for a chance to re-shape the team, and the first set of season ticket commitments expiring at the end of the 2013-2014 season was the backdrop to the 'Summer of Chevy.' With 23 men on the NHL roster and just over $2M left in cap space, it would appear that the Summer of Chevy is nearly complete.
Our friend Ryan Blight over at Arctice Ice recently wrote a column that is quickly shaping how we talk about this summer in Jets Nation. He contends that by locking up the same core of players put together by Rick Dudley in Atlanta's final year, Cheveldayoff has ensured the squad remains the "woeful Atlanta Thrashers."
The reality is slightly more worrisome for the Jets and their fans. With the evidence of three off-seasons and two years of Jets hockey, I think we can start to fret that Cheveldayoff is a 'low-reward' style manager.
July 30 2013 06:23AM
Photo by clydeorama
In inking Zach Bogosian to a long-term contract yesterday, General Manager Kevin Cheveldayoff officially avoided arbitration with all of the Jets' 5 RFAs who filed. In every case, the team paid full value for the player's services, including long term deals for the Big 3. Bogosian is no exception, signing at 23 for 7 years and $36M ($5.14M cap hit) after an up-and-down 5 years in the NHL. On the one hand, it's a story of redemption for the player as his time in Winnipeg has been his best hockey to date. On the other, it’s a low-reward risk on the premise of potential.
Below we'll look at the contract and the player separately as always.
July 30 2013 04:44AM
It's a special time in JetsNation. In the last week, the team has locked up Bryan Little, Blake Wheeler and Zach Bogosian to long-term deals at not insignifigant amounts of money. For any Team, in any market, signing 3 of your young, and best, players to multi-year contracts is welcome news. But for fans of the Winnipeg Jets, what's happened this week marks a new era in Jets-fannery
July 27 2013 04:19PM
Photo by Tom Lube, courtesy Wikicommons Images
Recently over at Oilers Nation, Jonathan Willis went through the Oilers' prospect cupboard in an effort to identify strengths and weaknesses in the team's program to build from within. It's a valuable exercise for the rebuilding Jets as well, so I've decided to replicate it here. Below we'll start our sketch of the Jets prospect depth with their top prospects in two categories: Blue Chip prospects who are very likely to make an impact at the NHL level, and Legitimate Prospects, or those who have a good chance at NHL action but come with more risk or lower ceilings.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
July 27 2013 01:52AM
Hello, Jets Nation! I know you. You probably don't know me. I write about a team that you probably don't like very much across the network. That said, I don't mind you guys. Your arena is loud, your logo is incredible, and any city that recognizes that having an Ikea is a big deal wins my vote of confidence. But that's not the point of this post, The point of this post is simple; I like Blake Wheeler, and I like this 6 year contract announced yesterday night.