McKenzie: Jets' 'goaltending appears to be set' with duo of Pavelec, Hutchinson

Thomas Drance
April 23 2015 06:30PM

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Winnipeg Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec has been inconsistent - or consistently sub-average, as you prefer - during his time between the pipes in Winnipeg. The veteran goaler was supplanted as Winnipeg's number one starter by Michael Hutchinson this past the fall, but he regained his usual position on the team and was stellar down the stretch.

Though Pavelec was ultimately unable to provide the Jets with the goaltending they required to hang with the Anaheim Ducks in a first-round sweep, it has to be noted that the Stanley Cup playoffs probably don't return to Portage and Main for the first time in 19 years without Pavelec's late-season run of competence.

Still, in looking at what holes the Jets need to address if they hope to contend with their current core: goaltending remains at the very top of the list. Will we see the Jets change direction in any meaningful way in net this offseason? 

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Teemu Selanne expected to come to Winnipeg for Game 3 or 4

Thomas Drance
April 17 2015 05:29PM

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Teemu Selanne is coming back to Winnipeg.

The legendary former Winnipeg Jets (version 1.0) and Anaheim Ducks forward is expected to attend one of Games 3 or 4 at the MTS Centre, according to TSN 1290's Andrew Paterson, by way of Gary Lawless.

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Oddsmakers: Jets the least likely Stanley Cup winner of the NHL's 16 playoff teams

Thomas Drance
April 13 2015 05:04PM

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If you want to bet on a Stanley Cup dark horse ahead of the opening of playoff season, you can't do better than the Winnipeg Jets.

A big, deep, occasionally dominant puck possession side, the Jets are seen by many as something of a Western Conference dark horse. The on-line sports books don't seem to share that point of view, as has priced out the Jets as having the single longest Stanley Cup odds of any NHL playoff team.

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Jets' Enstrom day-to-day with upper-body injury; Chiarot to return Monday vs. Wild

Thomas Drance
April 06 2015 02:10PM

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The Winnipeg Jets will be without big minutes defenseman Tobias Enstrom for Monday night's crucial matchup against the Minnesota Wild.

Enstrom, who leads all Jets defenders in minutes played per game this season, sustained an upper-body injury late in Winnipeg's 5-4 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday afternoon. Though he's dinged up, Enstrom's injury isn't believed to be serious and he's still traveling with the team on their current road trip.

On Monday though he'll be replaced in the lineup by Ben Chiarot, who hasn't played since Feb. 21. Chiarot is expected to lineup in Enstrom's usual slot on Tyler Myers' left side.

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Why Tyler Myers fits better in Winnipeg long-term even if he's been only a marginal upgrade on Zach Bogosian

Thomas Drance
April 06 2015 12:07PM

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In the aftermath of the Evander Kane blockbuster many analysts, myself included, found it tempting to view it as two separate deals - Kane for Drew Stafford, two quality prospects and a first-round pick, and then Zach Bogosian for Tyler Myers. 

In truth it's a deal that shouldn't be broken down into its individual components, for an important salary cap related reason. Let's get into that and look at how Bogosian and Myers have fit in with their respective new clubs since the trade.

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