March 01 2012 02:36PM
When the schedule was drawn up last summer, tonight's Winnipeg-Florida game seemed an unlikely candidate to be a meaningful affair, with the ex-Thrashers and still-Panthers having spent last year wallowing in the depths of the Eastern Conference's second tier. Washington and Tampa were the clear heavyweights starting the season, and by this point in the year, the night seemed certain to just be another dreary encounter between two teams that would once again be relegated to playing out the string.
Of course, that's not quite how the year has unfolded, and as a result this evening's match at the Arena That Elbow Room Forgot has all the appearance of a game with actual playoff implications. With all caveats about the horrid level of the East this year noted, that's a surprising, and welcome, development.
February 29 2012 08:48AM
"Friend of the Nation Network - and two time Angler Cup Champion - Brian Sutherby has shared his thoughts about the Trade Deadline for the second time in less than a week. In this installment he takes a look at the difficulties of making a big move at the deadline and the impact new arrivals have on a dressing room this late in the season. He also calls a winner for this year's deadline day. - Wanye
February 28 2012 06:37AM
For Jets General Manager Kevin Cheveldayoff, taking time to perfect something is the essence of his managing style.
The former 16th overall draft pick in 1988 has had time to grow and learn in the game - not only by playing the game on ice level, but by watching, learning, and being a student of the game.
And wherever Cheveldayoff has gone, success has not been far behind.
In his first season behind the bench as assistant coach to Butch Goring of the IHL's Utah Grizzlies, the team captured the Turner Cup in 1995-96.
That success translated into the next step in his career - becoming a general manager.
February 27 2012 12:39PM
The Jets made their first deadline trade in the last hour by making a move expected by most, as Johnny Oduya was traded this afternoon to the Hawks in exchange for Chicago's 2nd and 3rd round picks in 2013. The Jets' rearguard was in the final year of a deal paying him an average of 3.5M a season.
February 27 2012 09:08AM
You know that Bob Cole line from last year's playoff, "Everything is happening"? Today, on the most over-hyped occasion of the year, someone should pull the esteemed gent away from his afternoon rum to declare the opposite, because if there was ever a day that seemed likely to leave people wondering where the time went, it will be this one. Thankfully, after the Jets, and most other teams, do absolutely nothing of consequence by 2 PM, we'll have a game to watch featuring the return of Jets 1.0's historic nemesis.