The Year of the RFA For Winnipeg

February 06 2013 11:46AM




The Winnipeg Jets have an interesting off season ahead of them, as several of their key players are pending Restricted Free Agents. A Jets team with a 2012-13 cap payroll of a little over $58.8 million is about to get a lot more expensive.

Blake Wheeler, Bryan Little, Alexander Burmistrov, Zach Bogosian and Paul Postma are all set to become RFAs this summer; a group at currently combines for a total cap hit of just $9,483,333. It's safe to say that the Jets won't get all these players back for such a friendly number, which means some important decisions are coming. Each player will get a raise, but how much?

In order to try to project possible earnings for this group (and the resulting cap crunch for the Jets), we have to look at some comparable players in age, contract situation, point production, importance to their teams, and experience.

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What's going on in St. John's?

Brendan Adams
February 05 2013 03:23PM


In their first season in St. John’s after relocating from Manitoba, the re-named IceCaps finished first place in the AHL’s Atlantic Division and made a deep run for the Calder Cup. With a largely similar core group of players still in the fold this year, there was reason to expect the team to build on its past success. More than half a season in, after a lopsided December and January, the IceCaps find themselves on the outside looking in. What exactly is going on in St. Johns?

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Paul Postma, entering the 'Goldilocks Zone'?

February 05 2013 02:00PM

Scientists looking for life outside of our solar system focus on what is known as the "Goldilocks Zone." It is small band surrounding a sun similar to ours where the conditions are just right for earth-like planets to exist. There also seems to be a similar zone for NHL defenseman - especially those who were drafted well beyond the first round. Paul Postma is entering "the zone."

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The More you Know: Cory Conacher

Kevin McCartney
February 05 2013 11:17AM



(Our JetsNation contributor search continues. Today Kevin McCartney takes a look at Tampa Bay rookie sensation Cory Conacher, a Se division player the Jets will face frequently this year)

  • Cory Conacher, LW, TB
  • Nickname: Honey Badger 5’8”, 175lbs
  • Undrafted

I have a special connection to Conacher. I drafted him in the 15th round of my fantasy draft this year amidst stifled laughter and hushed whispers of ‘who?’ I feel like that makes me an expert.

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The Worst Lead in Hockey

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February 05 2013 09:20AM

The worst lead in hockey

The good news is the Canucks have had a 2-0 lead in five of their first eight games, and a one goal lead in two others. The bad news is they've given away 8 points to conference opponents in those games.

That being said, the Canucks are off to the best start in years. And so is Luongo. As I said last time, try and remember that the calendar is meaningless. Forget that it's January and just pretend that it's October.

The Canucks' start feels way better now, doesn't it?

Now don't get me wrong, I'm not suggesting there is nothing to worry about in Canucksville. In fact, there are always plenty of concerns. The last time I completely gave on my pessimism, they were up 2-0 in the Stanley Cup Final. And we know how that turned out...

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