Dustin Byfuglien: Should He Stay, or Should He Go Now?

Rhys Finnick
January 10 2014 02:20PM

Dustin Byfuglien and Evander Kane are the two most divisive figures in the Winnipeg Jets organization. Depending on the week, fans and media alike want one of these two players run out of town, offering almost identical criticism for both. Critics accuse both players of being inconsistent, lazy, and black not team players.

This week we'll be taking a closer look at Dustin Byfuglien, because Evander Kane is helping Mark Scheifele produce, who Jets pundits do like because he's white-hot right now. (But I digress)

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The World According to Gretz

Ross Smith
January 10 2014 12:21PM


The Dalai Lama of hockey has spoken. When asked by TSN about the selection of the Canadian Men’s Olympic hockey team The Vishnu, the Socrates, the Dean Koontz of all matters puck-related delivered the same response that even my 8-year old nephew would offer up with the right amount of media coaching: Essentially, “Yeah, it’s a good line-up. Hard to choose.”

TSN’s Mr. LeBrun, unfortunately, was forced by editorial constraints to reduce the full interview to the one topic of the concern. The discussion was much wider ranging and has been provided to us at JetsNation, by our TSN Insidier Insider, in full. We’ve extracted the highlights of the 17 hour-long discussion here.

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Game 46 vs Tampa: Neutral Zone Play and Pavelec Performance

Travis Hrubeniuk
January 09 2014 05:20PM

Another game, another night that has sent the masses home calling for someone’s head. As the questionable decision-making continues, could this be the last time Jets fans are sent calling for Claude Noel’s job? With every passing game his job seems to be slipping further and further out of his grasp.

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Game 46 vs Tampa: Scoring Chances and Observations

Travis Hrubeniuk
January 09 2014 05:02PM

From Extraskater.com

The Jets were finally able to add some consistency into their game on Tuesday night, as they are now into what is their longest regulation losing streak of the season. Unable to create pretty much anything against the Lightning, the Jets were able to set what could be seen as a new low on the season as they sunk back into the basement of the Central Division.

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Team Comparables: Are the 2014 Jets like the 2009 Oilers?

Kevin McCartney
January 09 2014 10:27AM

In debating where the Jets are headed as a franchise, it's worth considering other teams that have been similarly constructed in the past. As a long time Oilers fan, the comparables that come to mind most easily for me come from that franchise. I am starting there, but it may not be the best comparison we find during the season.

Yet for some time, I've felt like the Jets compare well to the teams that arrived after Lord Stanley slipped away in 2006 and Chris Pronger left town for reasons of fit and happiness. The club turned small roster holes into massive mistakes through loyalty and budgets and pride. They used a certain way of seeing the game to justify shipping out good players for worse ones, and the GM left his fans in the cold while talking of evaluation and patience.

If we fast forward from that summer to opening night of 2009, I think you'll see what I mean.

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