December 07 2011 01:38PM
Hockey seasons are long.
It takes a while for us to be able to tell with certainty what type of team any given club will become. Take the Winnipeg Jets, for instance. You could look at them at the start of the season as a team that had a young corps of players, but without making any major offseason moves, probably not a competing playoff team after finishing 12th in the conference, 13 points out of a playoff spot last season.
Nation World HQ
December 06 2011 09:34PM
During a news conference before Tuesday night's game at MTS Centre, Winnipeg Jets owner Mark Chipman was asked if his hockey team could beat the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins. As a child, growing up in Winnipeg, Chipman had been a Bruins fan and admitted that he was thrilled that the Bruins were actually playing against his "new favorite team."
"It's going to be a tough game," Chipman said. "Let me put it this way. If we're going to win, our goalie has to be the star of the game."
It's almost like he called it.
Nation World HQ
December 06 2011 06:15PM
When Winnipeg Jets chairman and governor, Mark Chipman, walked into the Matt Frost Media Centre deep in the bowels of MTS Centre on Tuesday night, there was only one question worth asking: "Is there any part of this realignment deal you don't like?"
Chipman paused, but not for long. He looked back at his inquisitor and said: "No. Maybe it would be better if the conferences had the same number of teams... but I am not suggesting there should be expansion.
"I thought about that question coming over here tonight. And no, there is nothing about this realignment I don't like."
December 05 2011 10:02PM
The NHL announced last night that its Board of Governors were able to come to an agreement on a realignment of the league, one that will abolish the current East/West system and instead create four different conferences.
December 05 2011 08:08PM
So the answer is yes, history does repeat itself. As per NHL.com the board of governors must have been in a good mood and actually did something that makes sense. No word yet on how many birdie puts were drained today...
Jets new division pending Player Association approval will consist of:
Detroit, Columbus, Nashville, St. Louis, Chicago, Minnesota, Dallas and Winnipeg
Story is here - rejoice!