Jets Bring Back Clitsome for 3-Years

Travis Hrubeniuk
July 03 2013 08:15AM

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The Jets refused to let Glendale take all the spotlight from the Winnipeg media Tuesday night, as Chevy continued his busy few days by re-signing pending UFA defenseman Grant Clitsome to a three-year, $6.2 million contract.

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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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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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Jets Free Agent Targets: Clarke MacArthur

Travis Hrubeniuk
June 19 2013 08:45AM

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In all honesty, I can’t even believe that I am writing this. I’m sure many of you have noticed by now that I am a bit of a Leaf fan, and I can say with certainty that I did not expect Clarke MacArthur to look so available this close to free agency. Yet, as much as it infuriates me it also makes me, and hopefully many other Jets fans, a little hopeful that we may be able to see him here in Winnipeg.

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Commited to a Lack of Commitment

Travis Hrubeniuk
June 12 2013 10:01AM


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Dustin Byfuglien is a big guy. How big exactly? Well, nobody really knows. 

Or so we thought.

Byfuglien has always been reluctant to drop the true number in regards to his weight, and it is completely his right to do so. Yet, Gary Lawless released an article Tuesday in which he states that a reliable source for fellow Jets blogger Pete Tessier has learned that Byfuglien weighed in at 302 pounds at the end of this season. That’s a lot of human.

Personally, the weight itself isn’t what bothers me. Despite his size, Byfuglien has been able to be a dominant defenseman in the NHL (when he decides to be), and has an absolute cannon from the blue line. My problem comes in the fact that somehow Dustin Byfuglien managed to actually gain weight throughout an NHL season. That's no easy task, and to me speaks to a total lack of caring and commitment.  

How much weight did Buff gain exactly? Well nobody really knows, but the Jets site has him listed at 265lbs. Therefore, just assuming this is somewhat close (doubtful, but it’s all I have to work with), Buff managed to gain 37lbs while playing professional hockey. Umm... What?

How outrageous is this? Well, luckily stuff like this happens to be an area of expertise in my schooling, so I’m going to do my best to explain this to you.

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