Gonchar Signing: Why Jets Fans Should Care

Travis Hrubeniuk
June 10 2013 11:27AM

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This weekend the Dallas Stars made what can be considered the first “big” move of the NHL’s 2013 Free Agency period. After obtaining his rights from the Ottawa Senators, the freshly branded Stars signed upcoming UFA Sergei Gonchar to a 2-year, $10 million contract, officially removing him from the market. Although this may seem like a simple decision for the Jets new rivals, it may have more of a tickle-down effect than some may think. Especially, in my opinion, on the signing of Zach Bogosian.

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Jets Free Agent Targets: Michael Ryder

Kevin McCartney
June 07 2013 02:01PM


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After four seasons away, Michael Ryder returned to Montreal part way through the season to post his best points per game rate since his rookie year, going 10-11-21 in 27 games. Despite the Habs winning their first Northeast Division title since Ryder left, and scoring at their highest goals per game rate since Ryder's last season as a Hab in 2007/08, GM Marc Bergevin apparently doesn't have Ryder in his plans for next season. Come July 5th, Ryder could be a free agent target for the Jets, who have a widely recognized hole at right wing in their top six, and a general lack of offensive punch on the powerplay. Does Ryder make sense for the Jets? Let's take a closer look.

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The Extra Attacker: Weekly Thoughts

Kevin McCartney
May 30 2013 06:20PM


Every week or two, I have a few thoughts. I've decided to call this the Extra Attacker. This week I look at whether the Jets' size led to wins, re-consider the corsi data on Ron Hainsey discussed yesterday at the Nation, and consider the critique of Hainsey as too passive for his size. Below is a smattering of my synaptic output.

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Ron Hainsey Comparables Addendum

Kevin McCartney
May 29 2013 05:02PM

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It only took nine minutes for my suggestion that the Jets badly need Ron Hainsey to meet resistance in the twitter-sphere. In this case, the argument came from Mitch Kasprik (@WpgJetshocktalk), a writer for Hockey Talk and THW (The Hockey Writers) and a long-time WHL Scout. When he talks, I'm inclined to listen. He wrote:

Garrett Hohl (@garretthohl) from Arctic Ice Hockey came to Hainsey's defence, citing very difficult role. I thought it would be fun (you heard me, tables are fun) to have a look at the other defencemen who had similar years to Hainsey. More twitter battle and numbers below the break.

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Jets Free Agents: Ron Hainsey Contract Comparables

Kevin McCartney
May 29 2013 02:34PM


The Summer of Rebuild is upon the Jets, with a well publicized and frequently discussed 17 RFAs and 12 UFAs to deal with from last year's 48 man roster, as well as a host of prospects who have outworn their welcome in Junior. While many of those 29 players will be flushed or not make an impact on the big league roster,  Ron Hainsey has reached UFA status after a season in which he played the 3rd most minutes per game among Jets defencemen, including the most short handed minutes of any defender. 

His season was... He tried really hard, guys. Hainsey was used against the toughest opponents, with the hardest zone start on the team, and had Ondrej Pavelec as a goalie. Not surprisingly, the outcome wasn't pretty. By advanced metrics, it was Hainsey's worst season in recent memory. Interestingly for Jets fans, if you haven't watched Ron Hainsey's career, you might not know that Claude Noel used Hainsey in a way no coach ever has. In fact, as we examine the cliff Hainsey seems to have descended with alacrity, we'll keep in mind the man who pushed him. What role might the former powerplay specialist turned penalty kill specialist have with the team moving forward? Most importantly, what is Hainsey's worth to the Jets and what kind of salary might he command this summer?

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