September 27 2012 09:14AM
(Welcome Dimitri Filipovic to JetsNation. Dimitri is normally a Canucks blogger, but has agreed to fill in around here from time to time)
The 2011-12 season was a great one for the Winnipeg Jets franchise.
In the spring of '11, things seemed bleak for the then moribund Atlanta Thrashers, having lost their signature player (Ilya Kovalchuk), and nearly everything else imaginable. The team had missed the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season (after having qualified for the first time back in '06-'07) and had no real following. If you were once a Thrashers fan, and you take offence to that, I apologize. But you're a rare breed.
Even though they failed to make the playoffs in their first season in Winnipeg, they gave ample reason for renewed optimism. There are numerous exciting young pieces present - that should be there for the long haul - with reinforcements on the way, in the form of strong prospects. And their fans are all sorts of rowdy. That's something that you can build off of and get behind. There's still plenty of growth, and development that needs to take place, but what we saw last year was encouraging.
But remember, if you're not moving forward, you're moving backwards. And it's time for this franchise to do the former. What needs to happen for them to build off of last year's revitalizing season?
Read Past the Jump for More.
September 25 2012 08:48PM
If you're anyting like Detroit Red Wings' Senior VP of Barnyard Operations, Jim Devellano, it's sometimes hard to tell elite hockey players apart from the rest of the herd. But never fear, the handy chart above should help you out if you ever get into a pinch.
Now, far be it from me to judge a Lester Patrick Trophy winner like Jimmy Devellano, but the cattle comment was a bit over the top. If there's anything I've learned over the years, it's that you don't poke the bear. You lure it with some bait, and then shoot it while it's not looking.
Wait. No. Not only is that the wrong analogy, it's the wrong animal.
We're talking barnyard animals today, especially those that make up the NHL's pecking order...
September 24 2012 10:34AM
Nathan MacKinnon is the consensus pick as the best player eligible for the 2013 Draft. Who else is available? What NHL list that nobody wants to be on did Ryan Kesler just make? What kind of livestock did an NHL executive compare NHL players to? Why is Toronto slamming the “best goalie coach on the planet”? When will the NHL lockout end?
All that and more, after the jump.
IIHF denies delays in transferring Nail Yakupov, slams “entirely incorrect, false and fabricated” reports
September 19 2012 11:10AM
Photo: Resolute/Wikimedia/CC BY-SA 3.0
Like most of the readers here at OilersNation, I read Dmitry Chesnokov’s piece on Puck Daddy yesterday with interest. After quoting Rafik Yakubov, the director with Nail Yakupov’s KHL club (Nizhnekamsk Neftekhimik) as saying “The IIHF is not allowing Yakupov to play,” Chesnokov went on to speculate that the IIHF might be waiting for official NHL permission before issuing transfer cards.
According to IIHF communications director Szymon Szemberg, that speculation is “entirely incorrect, false and fabricated.”
September 19 2012 09:29AM
The 3.3 billion dollar question is: will the interest that NHL teams are paying their season ticket holders to keep their money on account, be sufficient to offset the inevitable drop in fan interest in the NHL as a product the longer the lockout continues? I'm pretty sure the answer is no. Except maybe in Minnesota, where the Wild are offering an astonishing 10% APR for fans that leave their money with the team.
Hmmm, that gives me an idea...