January 11 2013 09:24AM
If the headline isn't enough to raise a few eyebrows as to what Winnipeg's hockey-lovin', blue-collar fans think about Evander Kane and his superstar ways, check out the poll at the bottom of the page. Having worked our way through the "uncoachable" meme from about a month ago, it's onto the next ridiculous bit of criticism of Kane, who is, to be clear, the only player who scored 30 goals last year below the age of 21. He is also, along with Steven Stamkos, Sidney Crosby and Jordan Staal, are the only players to score 60 or more times before turning 21 since the lost season.
Head to Twitter and pump in Evander Kane's name. You will find dozens of tweets from outside Winnipeg defending Kane from the attacks he takes within the Winnipeg media. I'm sure Evander, who is named after a boxer and once took out Matt Cooke with a single punch, doesn't need our help. The "trending article" is a Winnipeg Sun 200-word screwjob with the teaser "Where's Evander?" and tagline "Jets forward a no-show on the ice."
January 09 2013 03:48PM
Welly. Welly. Welly. If our old friends at Bodog didn't release the odds of winning the Stanley Cup now that the lockout has ended - a mere 145 months after it began. Good news in these parts up here in Edmonton, because it confirms something we already knew - The Oilers are awesome.
January 09 2013 11:50AM
Just because you're into fantasy hockey doesn't mean you're this guy.
In case you haven't heard, the NHL is back.
I'm aware that some people have been put off by the ordeal that dragged on through to January 6th, claiming that they're not coming back to the game. And while I disagree with those sentiments, everyone is entitled to their beliefs. I'll personally be enjoying the NHL product as much as I have in the years leading up to this lockout; if not even more, now that I have been reminded of terrible life without it can be.
One of the ways in which I consume the product, making the most of the experience, is by playing in fantasy hockey leagues. It's competitive, it's fun, it allows you to feel like a General Manager (without the stress that accompanies that position), and it makes you care about things you may not have necessarily cared about otherwise.
Friend of the blog, Jeff Angus, and I have combined to give a fantasy hockey preview of sorts, with a focus on the more prevalent questions surrounding the Winnipeg Jets heading into this shortened 2013 season. Believe it or not, the Jets enter the season as one of the more fascinating teams from a fantasy perspective, with a roster that boasts a handful of multi-dimensional talents.
Read Past the Jump for More.
January 09 2013 10:19AM
On May 31st, 2011, Gary Bettman held a press conference at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg. The reason? To announce that the City’s beloved Jets were finally coming back home. As expected, the city went wild with excitement. Whether it was for financial reasons, a weak Canadian dollar, or any political reasons that were never made public, Winnipeg had been wronged in a terrible manner. But, on that day, on May 31st, 2011, that unforgettable wrong, had been righted; and the heroes were True North Sports and Entertainment.
So how do things get better for Winnipeg than that right? I mean the team is under virtually no pressure to bring the city a Stanley Cup right now. With the combination of the fan’s euphoria, and the years committed by the season ticket holders, the MTS Centre will be packed for at least five years. The Jets have it made, right?
There is another thing for Jets fans to be excited about, and it’s not going to be a one-time ovation type celebration. Andrew Ladd, in his role as captain of the Winnipeg Jets, is a relationship that is going to grow and even further endear the fanbase with this team, and as a result will entrench this team once again within the community.
I had the great pleasure to talk with Andrew, and discuss his first year with this new team and this new city. I first met Andrew in his days with the Calgary Hitmen, and grew to respect him, not just as a player, but as young man; focused and dedicated. You could see even then how driven he was to be the best he could be in making his team the best they could be. A trait he carried on into the NHL, and helped him to carry not one, but two Stanley Cups.
This is not an interview about labour talks or CBA negotiation tactics. I agreed to not ask Andrew about those issues, to respect his place within the NHLPA. It’s about hockey, and a player that truly loves to play the game.
January 08 2013 10:53PM
Speculation is flying that Kovalchuk might stay in the KHL, Ryan O'Reilly is still playing until he signs a new deal with the Avalanche, and KHL President Medvedev is pretty much threatening war against the NHL.
Ignore the KHL now? The fun might just be getting started. Enjoy!