Trouba catches Wild's Granlund with high shoulder check; will he be hearing from the DoPS?

Thomas Drance
November 27 2015 03:37PM

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Though Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba has struggled offensively to start the 2015-16 campaign, his physical game has always been on point.

The young Jets defenseman often throws his weight around with reckless abandon, and packs a larger wallop than one would expect considering his stature. On Friday afternoon, Trouba threw a vicious shoulder check on Minnesota Wild forward Mikael Granlund.

There was no penalty assessed on the play, but considering the level and force of contact that Trouba made with Granlund's head, it wouldn't be a complete shock if this hit were escalated for further review by the NHL's Department of Player Safety.

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Forbes values Jets at $350 million; 20th among NHL franchises in 2015

Thomas Drance
November 24 2015 10:25AM

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The Winnipeg Jets are a small market team. Winnipeg may be 'small' relative to the size of some of the other metropolitan areas which act as host cities for the NHL 29 other member clubs, but it's a loyal and ravenous hockey market, which allows the Jets to punch above their weight in terms of revenue and operating income.

All of which is to say that the Jets may rank 30th in hockey in terms of the size of the metro area in which their team is located, but they're in the top two-thirds of the league in franchise value, according to Forbes' 2015 NHL franchise valuations.

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Jets recall Connor Hellebuyck in the wake of apparent Pavelec injury

Thomas Drance
November 22 2015 10:21AM

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The Winnipeg Jets have recalled goaltender Connor Hellebuyck from the Manitoba Moose, the organization announced on Sunday.

It's not a surprising roster maneuver, as usual Jets starter Ondrej Pavelec sustained an apparent injury when he was violently run by Arizona Coyotes forward Shane Doan on Saturday night. Pavelec reportedly left the MTS centre on crutches.

Though Hellebuyck is untested at the NHL level, it will be extremely interesting to see what he can do as part of a goalie tandem with Michael Hutchinson.

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Ondrej Pavelec reportedly leaves MTS Centre on crutches after being run by Coyotes' Doan

Thomas Drance
November 21 2015 09:12PM

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Winnipeg Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec may be out for a while.

The Jets' usual starter was violently run by former Jets version 1.0 forward, and current Arizona Coyotes captain, Shane Doan during the second period of Saturday night's 3-2 Jets victory. 

According to CTV's Shawn Churchill, Pavelec left the rink on crutches, which would imply that he may be out for a while. 

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Could the Jets be trying to extend Byfuglien before trading for Travis Hamonic?

Thomas Drance
November 21 2015 08:15PM

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New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic wants to come home.

The 25-year-old first-pairing defender hails from just outside Winnipeg and has requested a trade out of New York, ideally to a franchise in Western Canada, for the purpose of being closer to what is reportedly an ongoing family situation.

Hamonic is a good player and a local kid, but the Jets are flush with right-handed shooting defenseman and Hamonic's contract, which has a lower cap hit than salary, isn't ideal for an internal budget team, which the Jets have been since relocating to Winnipeg from Atlanta. 

If the club decides to pursue Hamonic it will be a complicated deal, and it may be complicated even further by the status of pending unrestricted free agent Dustin Byfuglien. 

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