October 23 2016 08:00AM
Desperate times call for desperate measures. The Los Angelas Kings are in some desperate times ( to say the least) with their top two goaltenders sidelined with injuries. First it was their star-goaltender Jonathan Quick who went down with an injury. A state of panic was created right away as Quick, the goaltender that helped the team win two Stanley cups, could be out for the immediate future.
It was speculated that the Kings were sniffing around the trade market to bring in reinforcements to bolster the Kings goaltending situation. The Kings didn't acquire a goaltender right away and now they may be regretting they didn't right when Quick went down. With the news that their current starting goalie Jeff Zatkoff has been placed on the IR, the Kings are need to get another goaltender on the roster as soon as possible.
The Kings now desperately need a goaltender and they have been linked to Manitoba Moose goaltender Ondrej Pavelec ever since the Quick injury. Pavelec is likely the best option available to them on the trade market but will the Kings be able to work out a deal?
Could a deal get done between the Jets and the Kings?
October 23 2016 06:23AM
This season has seen the Jets’ management group make some tough decisions by sending Ondrej Pavelec down to the Moose and having Chris Thorburn and Mark Stuart spend three out of four games in the pressbox. Another tough decision looms, however, with the Heritage Classic right around the corner. Does Paul Maurice ice the lineup that gives him the best chance to win, or do the veterans ‘deserve’ the opportunity to participate in the spectacle that will be the outdoor game at Investor’s Group Field.
To many fans’ delight (and perhaps surprise), the first game of the season against the Carolina Hurricanes featured Joel Armia and Ben Chiarot as part of the gameday roster in favour of Chris Thorburn and Mark Stuart and perhaps signalled a change in philosophy for a team often criticized for hanging on to aging veterans. The second game of the season in Minnesota, though, brought the old complaints back as Armia (after a bring-the-fans-to-their-feet penalty kill in Game 1) and Chiarot were benched in favour of Thorburn and Stuart. That move didn’t look to work very well with Thorburn contributing an uninspiring fight and Stuart offering up a very ‘Mark Stuart’ type of game. Coach Maurice explained the decision by saying he “felt [he] had left guys out of the lineup too long last year and they had a difficult time coming in and making an impact”. Games three and four against Boston and Toronto featured a return to Armia and Chiarot, so which direction will the team take for this much-hyped fifth game outdoors against the Oilers?
If Paul Maurice is going to run a rotation with his skaters as he is with his goaltenders thus far, then it would appear that it is Stuart and Thorburn’s turn, after Armia and Chiarot have played two in a row. There has been talk in the Winnipeg media that perhaps the Jets will reward their long-serving veterans with the chance to make some memories on the outdoor ice. Is that the right move? The Heritage Classic is a special event and, for most of the guys, will probably be a once-in-a-career opportunity. But the Jets are 2-2 and could really benefit from gaining momentum and these two points (every two points, really) are important when you play in the ultra-tight Central Division. The Oilers present a real challenge with their mix of youth and speed and the generational talent that is Connor McDavid, and giving the nod to Thorburn and Stuart based on history and intangibles does not give the Winnipeg Jets the best chance to win. In addition to decreasing the odds of victory, basing hockey decisions on factors other than hockey ability may send the wrong message to a young team.
#NHLJets line combos in am (same as 3rd P) Laine-Scheifele-Stafford, Ehlers-Perreault-Wheeler, Connor-Burmistrov-Tanev, Matthias-Lowry-Armia— Ken Wiebe (@WiebeSunSports) October 20, 2016
Though Saturday's pre-Alumni game practice kept us guessing, as Chris Thorburn was rotating in on the third line in place of Kyle Connor.
#NHLJets lines: Ehlers-Perreault-Wheeler, Laine-Scheifele-Stafford, Connor/Thorburn-Burmistrov-Tanev, Matthias-Lowry-Armia— Ken Wiebe (@WiebeSunSports) October 22, 2016
Paul Maurice himself admitted during an Alumni game intermission interview with Ron McLean that he is agonizing over the decision and planned to sleep on it. Here's hoping he makes the right decision.
October 22 2016 05:10PM
( photo courtesy of @NHLJets twitter)
The game was just an exhibition game. An event that was all in good fun and a pretty solid cash grab for True North and the Winnipeg Jets. But that doesn't mean it didn't serve some sort of importance for Winnipeg and Edmonton fans. While the memories of Dale Hawerchuk, Teemu Selanne and Bob Essensa will forever be engraved in the memories of Jets fans, to actually see the Jets 1.0 legends in Jets uniforms once again, is something special.
The Jets won 6-5 against the Oilers. Win or lose, the game probably brought a smile to the faces of many Winnipeg Jets fans.
Here are 8 thoughts from this afternoons contest
October 21 2016 09:00AM
The Winnipeg Jets 2.0 have been around now for five full seasons (well... four full and one partial, lockout-shortened, season). This gives us ample data to construct some fun lists of the best and worst statistical seasons for performers.
We take a look at some of the best and worst statistical performances by Winnipeg Jets' defenders.
Nation World HQ
October 21 2016 05:00AM
Auston Matthews could be best Leaf ever, Canucks long term goalie outlook, Jets coach could be first to go, Flames preparing for expansion draft, Oilers window is opening, Nail Yakupov, the Nation at the Heritage Classic, Q & A with Bernie Nichols, a week full of stars fighting and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.