November 05 2011 09:49AM
Like my esteemed colleague, Jonathan Willis, I'm happy to call myself a "numbers guy." I deeply respect baseball's Sabrmetricians and I appreciate Willis's insight into the Nashville Predators' decision to give Pekka Rinne a seven-year $49 million deal. I also agree with Jonathan when he suggests that certain numbers aren't as important as they seem.
On Nov. 3 here at jetsnation.ca, Willis posted an outstanding piece on why Pekka Rinne should not have recieved his huge contract. I read it and I don't disagree with a word of it.
Except for one thing.
November 04 2011 11:29AM
Another beautiful day in the Apple awaits, so this missive will be brief by my standards, but since I had the chance to witness last night's affair in person, a few thoughts seemed in order.
November 03 2011 08:03PM
Johnny Oduya stepped up. Ondrej Pavelec stepped up. Evander Kane stepped up.
Nobody needed a hero more than the Winnipeg Jets did on Thursday night. With defensemen Tobias Enstrom (broken collar bone), Ron Hainsey and Derek Meech already on the shelf, the Jets needed somebody to play better than he has all season in order to give the club the spark required to win another road game.
November 03 2011 02:30PM
The Nashville Predators made waves on Thursday by signing Pekka Rinne to a seven year, $49-million contract. It is the largest contract in the history of one of the NHL’s smallest markets, and it instantly establishes Rinne as the cornerstone for the team for most of the next decade.
November 03 2011 12:36PM
On the one hand, the injury to Jets defenseman Tobias Enstrom means that somebody else is going to get a load of ice time.
On the other hand, it means Claude Noel is pooched.
It's not like Noel doesn't have other defensemen. Fact is, he has six of them at his disposal tonight. However, when his Winnipeg Jets skate out onto the ice at Nassau County Coliseum to face the New York Islanders, he won't have the guy who is playing more than 25 minutes a game.