July 30 2013 04:44AM
It's a special time in JetsNation. In the last week, the team has locked up Bryan Little, Blake Wheeler and Zach Bogosian to long-term deals at not insignifigant amounts of money. For any Team, in any market, signing 3 of your young, and best, players to multi-year contracts is welcome news. But for fans of the Winnipeg Jets, what's happened this week marks a new era in Jets-fannery
July 27 2013 04:19PM
Photo by Tom Lube, courtesy Wikicommons Images
Recently over at Oilers Nation, Jonathan Willis went through the Oilers' prospect cupboard in an effort to identify strengths and weaknesses in the team's program to build from within. It's a valuable exercise for the rebuilding Jets as well, so I've decided to replicate it here. Below we'll start our sketch of the Jets prospect depth with their top prospects in two categories: Blue Chip prospects who are very likely to make an impact at the NHL level, and Legitimate Prospects, or those who have a good chance at NHL action but come with more risk or lower ceilings.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
July 27 2013 01:52AM
Hello, Jets Nation! I know you. You probably don't know me. I write about a team that you probably don't like very much across the network. That said, I don't mind you guys. Your arena is loud, your logo is incredible, and any city that recognizes that having an Ikea is a big deal wins my vote of confidence. But that's not the point of this post, The point of this post is simple; I like Blake Wheeler, and I like this 6 year contract announced yesterday night.
July 24 2013 12:47PM
Following the announcement of NHL participation in the 2014 Sochi Olympics, Monday saw many countries announce the players that will be attending camps for their respective hockey teams. To the pleasure of Winnipeg fans everywhere, there were many Jets scattered among four of those lists. Today we take a look at the players mentioned, some that weren’t, and my thoughts on each.
July 23 2013 04:41AM
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Hooray! The first of the Big 3 RFAs has been signed! Twenty-five year old two-way centre Bryan Little agreed to a 5 year, $23.5M contract yesterday, narrowly avoiding his July 24th arbitration hearing. Little enjoyed a career year with the Jets in the lockout shortened 2013, scoring on pace for 55 points in 82 games while centering the top line against the opposition's best players. The cap hit of $4.7M represents the high end of what was expected for the six year veteran, and certainly the Jets paid in full for the services of the former 12th overall pick. Nevertheless, Little is an anchor in all three disciplines for the Jets, playing nearly a third of every hockey game - usually the third the Jets don't lose.
Below we'll cover the contract and the player separately.