August 26 2015 07:04AM
Flames fans took a sigh of relief with the resigning of captain Mark Giordano to a 6 year, 40.5 million dollar (6.75 AAV) extension, while looking over at their Jets rivals in contempt as they patiently await the re-signing of Dustin Byfuglien.
Byfuglien is coming off a contract that has had an average cap hit of 5.2 million dollars and will be looking for a raise, like most NHL players.
The Jets cannot afford to lose Dustin Byfuglien if they expect to build on last season and the current core. As Garret Hohl recently noted, the Jets are all in for a youth movement for this upcoming season and they will need Byfuglien for stability on the back end. As well, Byfuglien's offensive production of 18 goals and 27 assists would be needed for any team, but especially the Jets, who ranked 16th in goals for.
August 25 2015 04:35PM
The 6'1 goaltender Eric Comrie was drafted late in the second round by the Winnipeg Jets in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
Comrie has a tonne of upside, with the potential of becoming an above league average starter, which is why he ranks so highly in the Jets Nations Top 20 Prospects.
We continue our summer prospect profile series, checking in at #9.
August 25 2015 09:44AM
Alex Burmistrov came to Canada as a 17-year-old to play for the Barrie Colts of the OHL during his 2009-10 draft eligible season. After playing his youth hockey for his hometown team Ak Bars Kazan in Russia, he wanted to come and play in Canada to get accustomed to the North American style of hockey and get a better grasp of the English language.
He did so to pursue his dream of playing in the NHL.
August 24 2015 01:26PM
The Winnipeg Jets wished the 6'2 centre from Ann Arbor to start his pro-career sufficiently enough to burn a year of Andrew Copp's entry level contract last year.
A cursory glance of Copp, a veteran forward from the NCAA, may lead one astray, as Copp has never eclipsed a point per game pace. That said, there are a legitimate causes for Jets management to be so high on Copp.
We continue our summer prospect profile series, checking in at #10.
August 24 2015 07:00AM
The Winnipeg Jets made the playoffs for the first time since the move to central Canada.
They made it without superstars, but rather with depth. The Jets carried legitimate top-nine scorers on their fourth line at times between Jiri Tlusty and Lee Stempniak. With the loss of both of those players, plus Michael Frolik and Jim Slater, the Jets have quite a few openings in their roster.
A team with so many holes would often look to free agency to fill the gaps, but it looks like the Jets will turn to internal options.
I was hoping to go back, but from what my agent told me, they were looking to some spots to young guys. They have some very good prospects there that they were looking to give some ice time to. I don't think we ever fully closed the door on it, but at this point, if I had to guess, it doesn't look too promising.
So what does this mean for the Jets and Jets fans alike?