Helpless: Kane Now Out With Concussion

Nation World HQ
January 21 2012 11:16AM

The $2,500 fine that was doled out to Nik Antropov on Friday, for boarding T.J. Brennan on Thursday night, says a lot about the state of today's NHL. 

Years ago, that kind of hit would have resulted in a penalty (which it did), but no further action. However, with the concussion "epidemic" in the game today, the NHL is fearful of its brand. If bigger players hit smaller players and the head is involved, especially if the bigger player leaves his feet, there will be disciplinary action. In today's NHL, the fine was warranted.

Ironically, the day after the fine was levied against Antropov came word that the Jets leading goal scorer, Evander Kane is now out of the lineup, indefinitely, with a concussion. Everyone believes something must be done, but what?

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'We Just Need to Find Some Consistency'

Scott Taylor
January 19 2012 10:15PM

 Andrew Ladd's 16th of the year.

 

Defenseman Ron Hainsey probably summed up the first three months of the "new" Winnipeg Jets existence in one sentence. As he spoke to the media on Thursday night, he said: "We just need to find some consistency."

No one in the organization could have put it more succinctly. When the Jets are good, as they were on Thursday, they are very good. When the Jets are bad, as they were in New Jersey on Tuesday, they are very frustrating. And not just frustrating for the fans and their head coach, but frustrating for the players themselves. When this team plays as it did in Thursday's 4-1 win over the struggling Buffalo Sabres, it's a solid hockey team that's easy to cheer. But as Hainsey suggested in a round-about way, "Why can't they do it more often?"

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Midseason Awards Part III: The Calder, Jack Adams, and Lady Byng

Jonathan Willis
January 19 2012 10:10AM

As the NHL moves past the midway mark of the season, it’s time to look back at which players deserve hardware, based on their performance over the first half. To answer that question, we polled writers from across the Nation Network, talking to writers at every site.

Today, we consider the third and final set of our midseason awards: our picks for the winners of the Calder, Jack Adams, and Lady Byng trophies.

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Midseason Awards, Part II: The Norris and the Selke

Jonathan Willis
January 18 2012 01:13PM

As the NHL moves past the midway mark of the season, it’s time to look back at which players deserve hardware, based on their performance over the first half. To answer that question, we polled writers from across the Nation Network, talking to writers at every site.

Today, we look at the second set of our midseason awards: our picks for the winners of the Norris and Selke trophies.

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Sometimes It's Just a Stinker.

Nation World HQ
January 17 2012 10:11PM


 

The Winnipeg Jets lost 5-1 to the New Jersey Devils in Newark on Tuesday night. If you've ever been to Newark, you know what a stinker is.

Not far from the industrial entrails of New York City, Newark is a tough town that doesn't welcome guests with open arms. Tuesday night, the city's hockey team fleeced the Winnipeg Jets as starting goalie Chris Mason allowed four goals on 15 shots and got himself yanked.

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