September 24 2013 02:25PM
Following a rather… eventful weekend of NHL pre-season hockey, it appears that the fighting/enforcer debate has raised its head once again after a brief lockout-created reprieve. Some love the fact that fighting plays a prominent role and believe that enforcers have a legitimate purpose on NHL rosters. Others believe that fighting is a barbarian act allowed in the NHL, and that the enforcer is a pointless waste of space. I fall somewhere in the middle.
September 24 2013 02:05PM
We hear it every year - the key to success is having internal competition for roster spots. That speaks to depth, to NHL-readiness, to a culture of evidence-based evaluation and accountability. Unfortunately, on the Jets, the fix is in.
The Jets sent down another five skaters today, and it was the people you would expect.
September 24 2013 03:25AM
The Code in effect, with several neutral observers ensuring careful adherence
Hooo-weee! We’re not even into the regular season yet and already there are crazy injuries and suspensions and bench-clearing brawls, all of which lead to a lot of discussions in hockey circles about “The Code”. The Code is an unwritten set of rules passed along from generation to generation used to govern the conduct of players in situations outside the purview of the NHL rulebook. Fighting is a common result or application of The Code. It is the karmic restoration of harmony and honour in a wicked, frostbitten icescape. You crosscheck our guy; we knock your guy’s teeth out. You bite our guy’s finger; we crosscheck your guy. It’s all perfectly logical. However, for even the most ardent fan of the game, The Code can be hard to decipher. When and why is it applied? Do the participants universally understand the rules? Do these rules change over time? Who wrote this code and why?
September 23 2013 05:22PM
If you stopped by our sister-site, Oilers Nation today, you might notice that there is something wrong in central Alberta. That something is - as it has been for two decades - centre depth. This week is worse than most after news broke that Sam Gagner had suffered a broken jaw in the Kassian stick-swinging incident. Of course, Ryan Nugent Hopkins is also going to miss the start of the season recovering from shoulder surgery. On paper, then, Boyd Gordon is their best remaining natural centre, and worse, the three young men being auditioned for a month of time in the Oiler top-six - Will Acton, Mark Arcobello, and Andrew Miller - have all been various shades of 'bad at hockey.'
The Jets are the first team to face the Oilers in crisis, and if the road team has a lead in the second intermission, I expect - nay, demand! - Kevin Cheveldayoff try to trade MacTavish Olli Jokinen. It's our only hope.
September 23 2013 03:04PM
The Jets have sent down another handful to St John's for the opening of Training Camp for the IceCaps. Though none of the players on the list are likely NHL quality or necessarily should have lasted longer, the Jets are starting to raise questions about whether they are even using pre-season or training camp to evaluate talent. The list and some comments to follow.