The Extra Attacker: Random Thoughts on the Jets

Kevin McCartney
June 27 2013 04:35PM


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Every week or two, I have a few thoughts. Most of the league – save the Jets – have started to make off-season moves in anticipation of the draft on Sunday. Trades, buyouts, and rumours galore in this edition of the Extra Attacker. Below is a smattering of my synaptic output.

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Chevy Speaks!: Jets Press Conference

Travis Hrubeniuk
June 25 2013 08:09AM

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Monday afternoon the silent lands that have been the MTS Center awoke, as Kevin Cheveldayoff took to the podium to announce a contract extension for head coach Claude Noel and face a plethora of questions from the rather tame Winnipeg media. I finally got a chance to watch a chunk of the press conference, and here are some of the major points I managed to pull out of it:

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Jets Free Agents Judgement Day

Brett Martin
June 25 2013 12:07AM

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Yeah I know the Draft is coming up. But I don't feel like writing a prospect preview on this muggy night. Maybe it's the heat, but I already previewed Max Domi, and that's the guy I want them to select IF they don't trade up a few spots. I feel like it's disloyal to write about other prospects now. I made my choice, and no Curtis Lazar, Rasmus Ristolainen, or Ryan Pulock can change my mind. 

Trades are happening elsewhere, but when it comes to deals involving the Jets, good luck finding something to write about. Supermoons are more common than a Kevin Cheveldayoff blockbuster. The biggest deal Cheveldayoff ever made probably had something to do with excitement over beige pants and the percentage-off he got them for. The guy is dull. Can the Jets hire Rob Ford so we can some action around here, please? 

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But one of these days, the levy will break, and news will spill from the Jets office. With just 12 players under NHL contract for next season - 2 of whom are Mark Scheifele and Jacob Trouba - the Jets will at some point have to sign enough players to in order to put a full team on the Ice. Something will happen. 

And with that, both an article and a template came to mind.  Here it is - a look at the Jets in-house Free Agent picture. 

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Jonathan Bernier: A Missed Opportunity

Travis Hrubeniuk
June 23 2013 05:53PM

I have this terrible feeling that I am going to be able to create a full series of “Missed Opportunity” articles while Kevin Cheveldayoff is in office.

This morning the Toronto Maple Leafs and LA Kings completed a trade that will see “backup-yet-destined-to-be-a-great-starter” LA goaltender Jonathan Bernier head to “we-already-have-a-great-goalie-but-will-not-admit-it” Toronto for F Matt Frattin, G Ben Scrivens, and a second round pick in either 2014 or 2015 (Leafs choice).

Trying to understand this trade from a Leafs perspective is quite honestly a lost cause, but it’s hard not to think this is a truly missed opportunity on the Jets part. It seems to me that Chevy’s inability to be proactive in what has been accepted as an extremely vital and future defining summer for the Jets has officially cost them in the goaltending department. Although the Jets may not have been able to offer up what the Leafs did in this deal, I have a hard time believing that they couldn’t compete and give Dean Lombardi something to consider before signing off. It is also completely unacceptable that the Jets weren’t even rumored to be in talks with the Kings in acquiring Bernier, despite the glaring need for improvement in net.

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June 21 2013 11:53AM


Terrible times today for our neighbours down the QEII highway as 100,000 people in 26 communities have been evacuated from their homes due to flooding by recent heavy rains.

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