The Extra Attacker: Bourne's market desirability ranking, Roster tidbits, Prospect Camp, and Schedule

Kevin McCartney
July 20 2013 03:27AM


Every week or so, I have a few thoughts. This week I briefly at the new schedule and the development camp, wonder at some more roster upgrades, and try to find a silver lining in Justin Bourne rating Winnipeg the 28th best place to play in the NHL. A smattering of my synaptic output below.

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Train with Gary Roberts & Steven Stamkos

Steve Dangle
July 19 2013 07:49AM

Gary Roberts.

Usually when you come face-to-face with a glare like that, it means you done goofed, or you play for Ottawa. Now it could be because you’re training with him and Steven Stamkos.

Wait what?!?! Oh, you heard me.

Gary Roberts as in the man-beast who terrorized the league for parts of three decade. Steven Stamkos as in the guy who sniped 60 goals in a season. You could be hanging out with these guys. Well, not really “hanging out,” per se. Allow me to explain…

The offseason is getting shorter and shorter. You can’t just let your fitness go to crap in the summer, because once the season fires up again, you’ll look like a pylon out there.

Enter: the last team standing

The Nike Hockey Facebook experience at lets players create a team with their friends and show how they’re dedicating the summer to training. The page has training videos designed by Gary Roberts, and Toronto’s strength and conditioning coach from 2002-2009, Matt Nichol. Obviously, these two guys know their stuff.

But Steve, what’s in it for me? I’ll tell you, whatever your name is!

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Jets Sign RFA Paul Postma, Avoid July 30 Arbitration

Kevin McCartney
July 19 2013 03:38AM

The Jets came to terms with RFA Paul Postma yesterday, leaving only the Big 3 still without contracts of the RFA's who filed for arbitration. Postma had an uneven season, posting 4-5-9 in 34 games, but scoring two of his four goals in one game against the Islanders and being posterized on a number of ill-advised pinches late in the year. As with Tangradi, we'll look at the player and the contract separately.

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Could Reimer End Up in the 'Peg?

Travis Hrubeniuk
July 17 2013 05:03PM

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Today I continue what has seemingly become my “acquire all ex-Leafs” series by looking at the possibility of the Jets one day picking up James Reimer. I have already written pieces about how lovely it would have been for the Jets to snag now Senator Clarke MacArthur, and Mikhail Grabovski (my fingers are still crossed on this one) and there are some serious reasons to think that James Reimer may be the next excellent Leaf player to be on his way out of town. So hey, if Dave Nonis is willing to make all of the players who helped get his team to the playoffs available, who am I to not hope they appear in Winnipeg?

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Jets Sign RFA Eric Tangradi (UPDATE: Cormier signed as well)

Kevin McCartney
July 16 2013 02:20PM


Eric Tangradi at AHL All-Star Game, 2011. Photo by Bridget Samuels

GM Kevin Cheveldayoff has finally made a move, avoiding arbitration with Eric Tangradi by signing the RFA to a 2 year contract worth a total of $1.35M. Tangradi made a minor impact on the scoresheet this past season with the Jets, recording just four points in his 370 minutes of ice. Claude Noel preferred to play James Wright on the 3rd line for much of the year, but Tangradi's late combination with Santorelli and Burmistrov showed that Tangradi can affect the game positively, even if the points didn't flow. 

Below some thoughts on Tangradi's place in the lineup and instant analysis on the contract itself.

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