Best of the Nation: 2.24.13

Jonathan Willis
February 24 2013 10:51AM

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After the jump: the Nation Network turns five, predicting the end-of-season standings, talking about dirty hits and franchise-defining trades, and lots more good stuff from the past week.

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What Just Happened? Jets Blueline Injury Woes

Travis Hrubeniuk
February 22 2013 04:08PM



Remember how wonderful things were looking on the blue line about a week ago? Zach Bogosian was back, Byfuglien was healthy, Redmond was looking spectacular, and it looked like the Jets had pieces to move in their search for another man up front.

Flash forward a mere 7 days and suddenly the Jets have turned to Julian Melchiori for backup as the injury bug has invaded the Winnipeg locker room.

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Looking Ahead to the 2013/2014 Winnipeg Jets

Brett Martin
February 19 2013 04:45PM



Now, I am in no means writing off the Jets of this season. Not in the least. I still fully expect a Cup run - and victory - over the Canucks. I can see Bryan Little and Dustin Byfuglien sharing the Conn Smythe - a first! - in late June, on home ice in Game 6, because, let's face it, they won't have home ice advantage. The headlines will read "Giant effort from Little", "Big Shift Dustin time for Byfuglien"  and "Jets soar to Cup Win, Pigs remain flightless; Vancouver Riots again". Or something like that. Whatever the headlines, know they will contain puns.

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Nations Freeroll - Week of February 18th

Kent Wilson
February 19 2013 11:45AM



We've run a few of these recently and there seemed to be some interest, so Draft Street has set up another Nations Freeroll contest for this week.

Here's a run-down of the rules for those who are unfamiliar:

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Should the Jets make a move on O'Reilly?

February 17 2013 11:21AM

Spector's Hockey (written by the Hockey News' Lyle Richardson and in no way affiliated with Sportsnet's Mark Spector) cited an article by ESPN's Craig Custance which claims that " the Toronto Maple Leafs, Calgary Flames and Phoenix Coyotes (as the) top trade destinations for Colorado Avalanche holdout center Ryan O'Reilly."

Should the Winnipeg Jets add their name to the list?

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