May 28 2013 05:19PM
I'm still bored. You're probably in the same boat. Hope Byfuglien isn't driving! The last Jets game was all of 32 days ago, while the draft sits 35 days away. We're rivalling mid-August levels of Jets related nothing-ness.
Sure, there's going to be a helluva an offseason around here. For one, there's the 9 Restricted Free Agents and 9 Unrestricted Free Agents to deal with. As those signings start flowing in, that will be fun. But that hasn't begun yet.
Theres also the aforementioned Draft. With the 13th overall pick, the Jets should be able to pick up a pretty decent prospect to add to the stable alongside Jacob Trouba and Mark Schiefele. Between that and my being a severe draft nerd, that's going to be lots of fun. It's also 5 weeks away, so instant gratification it is not.
So, there's not much to do right now. I'm not a fan of any of the remaining teams in the Stanley Cup hunt. If I'm not last place in StreakCred, the Nations playoff pool, I'm not sure who is, as I'd be inclined to mock them. But I'm so far down the rankings I don't even appear on the last page of results. What to do? I don't care about 'The Great Gatsby', I despise the 'Fast & The Furious' film franchise, and there's only so much Rob Ford news one can consume before it becomes tiresome. SHOW ME THE VIDEO!!
But then the other day, it struck me while watching a Penguins game. I heard the name 'Tanner Glass', and I was reminded that there remains some Jets alumni in this years Playoffs. So, relieved with something to write about, I took a look at how they're doing, and this is what I found:
May 23 2013 07:08PM
Every week or two, I have a few thoughts. This week I consider Gary Lawless' call for Alain Vigneault as coach in light of the news that he's available and look at Cory Pronman's newest draft rankings .
May 22 2013 12:38PM
Jets fans woke up this morning to some rather concerning reports. Apparently, according to this article by Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press, Alex Burmistrov wants out of Winnipeg. Gary later tweeted stating that Alex is yet to ask for a trade, but that the current rift between him and Claude Noel is “untenable”. This tells me that it is very unlikely that Burmi will sign back with the team this offseason.
May 20 2013 03:20PM
Moving into this offseason, a lot has been made of the high number of free agents the Jets have to deal with. In total, the Jets currently have 18 restricted and unrestricted free agents that they must make decisions on, including players such as Bryan Little, Blake Wheeler, Alex Burmistrov, Zach Bogosian and Ron Hainsey. One name that has seemed to slip the minds of many fans is Kyle Wellwood. What should the Jets do with Wellwood?
May 18 2013 01:40AM
This is a tough time of year for Jets' fans, mostly because there's nothing to do. Sure, we all (well, certainly not our own Travis Hrubeniuk) got our kicks watching the Leafs and Canucks flame out spectacularly from this year's playoffs. That was fun. And for those of us playing StreakCred or some other kind of playoff pool, there's still fun to be had and money to won - or in my case, fun to be had while hoping to climb out of what must be last place.
But no matter - this time of year just isn't the same without your team in the race. The Draft is still far away. Free Agency is even further. Teemu has already been eliminated from Cup contention. What to do?
There's some obvious answers. Drink! Cheer for the Bombers! Forget the pleasant distraction that is professional sports and actually get some productive work done in our own lives!
But, if you're like me, these options don't really fill the void. Luckily, there is still something - the World Championships. Phew. Yes, there's still some WInnipeg Jets out there fighting the good fight, trying to help their country attain (small levels) of glory in what is, at best, the 3rd most important international event on the Hockey calender. So, to help you with your Jets withdrawals, here's a look at how the Jets in the Tournament are doing.