The Jets Approach a Dustin Byfuglien-Sized Crossroads

Dimitri Filipovic
December 28 2015 02:38PM

It's not hyperbolic to suggest that how the next two months play out could be franchise-altering for the Winnipeg Jets. With quite possibly their two most important players both facing uncertain futures with the organization this summer, what the team looks like in the years to come will surely be shaped by the direction they choose to head in. 

As such, it goes without saying that Kevin Cheveldayoff and his staff need to approach all of their personnel decisions with the utmost care. Especially in the case of Dustin Byfuglien, who seems less likely of the two to be rewarded with the big contract he's looking for if the rumblings are any indication. All of which presents a rather interesting dilemma to keep an eye on as the February 29th trade deadline approaches. 

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Parsing through team over/under totals for the coming season

Dimitri Filipovic
September 10 2014 09:16AM

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Well, if Grapes is looking for something to invest that crisp $100 bill in..

The 2014-15 NHL season is rapidly approaching. Respective prospect tournaments and training camps are starting any day now, and the preseason schedule itself gets going less than two weeks from now. Those are sure-fire signs that hockey is on the horizon. 

Another harbinger that makes that realization feel more tangible? Bovada has released their over/under lines for team point totals this coming season. 

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The Log Off Podcast: "Is there blood on our hands?"

Dimitri Filipovic
January 13 2014 04:29PM

"I can't believe the internet hasn't ran with this meme by now, if I'm being honest"

Last time you heard from us, we were openly ridiculing the Winnipeg Jets for the way in which they've been handling their business, from management to coaching to player personnel. Well, one of those has seemingly been fixed, with Paul Maurice replacing Jeff Goldblum Claude Noel behind the bench. Cam assures me that there's no blood on our hands, but I'm not so sure about that.. we were pretty harsh last time out after all. Either way you're welcome, Winnipeg.

As a quick aside: how is it possible that, given the social media era we currently live in, that no one has taken the Kevin Chevel-DAY OFF meme and ran with it? I spent some time searching it up online, and nothing comes up, which is a total travesty. This stuff basically writes itself. Whenever the day comes that he finally gets axed by the club, I hope you all enjoy the Kevin Chevel-LAY OFF headline.

But enough about the Jets. We only spent a couple of minutes talking about them, before using the rest of the show to take a close look at the Eastern Conference playoff race (particularly "the murky middle" as Cam coined it, from spots 5-14). We mostly focused on the New York Islanders (a team which we like, especially if they get their hands on a legitimate NHL goaltender), the Carolina Hurricanes (a team that could be poised to make a run up the standings), and the Buffalo Sabres (who could be really enticing in a few years if they nail their upcoming draft picks).

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The Log Off Podcast: "Dustin Byfuglien is a Big Blue Circle"

Dimitri Filipovic
January 10 2014 03:33PM

Sup? [GIF via Dan McQuade]

We're back with the 2nd episode of the "Log Off Podcast" in which we discuss hockey ad nauseam until it's time for us to, well, log off. Last time you heard from us was on Monday, when we spent the entirety of the show previewing what we thought Team Canada's roster would look like.

Well, with a few days to let it all sink in and marinate, we now feel it's a good time to take a quick look at who was "snubbed", and what kinds of adjustments we'd make. In case you're looking for a cynical take on the team, then feel free to skip past the first 5 or 6 minutes.. because we seemed to share a fairly positive outlook on the result, all things considered.

After that, we hopped around all over the NHL, talking about the mess that's taking place in Winnipeg right now (spurred by the news that Dustin Byfuglien will be moving back to forward, despite a largely successful run as a blueliner over the past few seasons), the dry spell in Vancouver (and their weird season to-date), and the complete and utter tire fire in Toronto (which'll hopefully conclude with Randy Carlyle being shot into outer space).. 

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The Winnipeg Jets, And Their Impact In Fantasy Hockey Circles

Dimitri Filipovic
January 09 2013 11:50AM

Just because you're into fantasy hockey doesn't mean you're this guy.

In case you haven't heard, the NHL is back

I'm aware that some people have been put off by the ordeal that dragged on through to January 6th, claiming that they're not coming back to the game. And while I disagree with those sentiments, everyone is entitled to their beliefs. I'll personally be enjoying the NHL product as much as I have in the years leading up to this lockout; if not even more, now that I have been reminded of terrible life without it can be.

One of the ways in which I consume the product, making the most of the experience, is by playing in fantasy hockey leagues. It's competitive, it's fun, it allows you to feel like a General Manager (without the stress that accompanies that position), and it makes you care about things you may not have necessarily cared about otherwise.

Friend of the blog, Jeff Angus, and I have combined to give a fantasy hockey preview of sorts, with a focus on the more prevalent questions surrounding the Winnipeg Jets heading into this shortened 2013 season. Believe it or not, the Jets enter the season as one of the more fascinating teams from a fantasy perspective, with a roster that boasts a handful of multi-dimensional talents.

Read Past the Jump for More.

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