July 17 2013 05:03PM
Today I continue what has seemingly become my “acquire all ex-Leafs” series by looking at the possibility of the Jets one day picking up James Reimer. I have already written pieces about how lovely it would have been for the Jets to snag now Senator Clarke MacArthur, and Mikhail Grabovski (my fingers are still crossed on this one) and there are some serious reasons to think that James Reimer may be the next excellent Leaf player to be on his way out of town. So hey, if Dave Nonis is willing to make all of the players who helped get his team to the playoffs available, who am I to not hope they appear in Winnipeg?
July 16 2013 02:20PM
Eric Tangradi at AHL All-Star Game, 2011. Photo by Bridget Samuels
GM Kevin Cheveldayoff has finally made a move, avoiding arbitration with Eric Tangradi by signing the RFA to a 2 year contract worth a total of $1.35M. Tangradi made a minor impact on the scoresheet this past season with the Jets, recording just four points in his 370 minutes of ice. Claude Noel preferred to play James Wright on the 3rd line for much of the year, but Tangradi's late combination with Santorelli and Burmistrov showed that Tangradi can affect the game positively, even if the points didn't flow.
Below some thoughts on Tangradi's place in the lineup and instant analysis on the contract itself.
July 16 2013 04:55AM
The Jets Development Camp started yesterday. All ten of the Jets draft picks this year are in attendance among the 43 prospects on display. For the first time since Comeau took over as Head Scout, skill is the buzz word surrounding a crop of picks, and with good reason.
There were reams of pixels spilled about the Jets and Thrashers poor draft record under Marcel Comeau. Our friends at Arctic Ice tried to lower expectations via infographic. I, myself, looked at Comeau's record between 2003 and 2010 to find a pitiful success rate after 12th overall - just Pavelec and Enstrom can be counted as successes from 54 selections made in the latter 200 picks. The conclusion was obvious. For a rebuilding team, Marcel Comeau’s record demanded he be let go.
The Jets draft this year, then, has to be considered as much surprising as it was successful. Sure, the idea is to get good players. I just didn't know if Comeau knew that. And with Chevledayoff’s record of building a team through the waiver wire, I wasn’t sure he did either.
July 12 2013 03:24AM
Evidence that Byran Little has a signature. Photo by Timmy F.
Our own Travis Hrubeniuk was candid in his review of the RFA situation developing in Winnipeg this week. GM Kevin Cheveldayoff has a growing mess on his hands, after bowing out of the Free Agent Frenzy (apologies to future bench warmer Adam Pardy), losing Burmistrov to the KHL, and now having three critical, cornerstone RFA signings turn into a power struggle with a deadline. Oh, and Tangradi and Postma also filed for arbitration.
The pressing questions, then, are: 1) how far apart are the team and the players in negotiations?; and 2) what are the big three worth in terms of money?
July 11 2013 04:39PM
Some news out of Camp Winnipeg Jets today, as the team signed free agent forward Matt Halischuk to a ? deal. As per Club Policy, terms were not disclosed. I think it's a rather stupid Policy, as everyone in the world with Internet access will be able to see the terms on Capgeek in a good day or less. BUT KEEP IT A SECRET UNTIL THEN! Bet on a 1-2 year deal at less than 1M per season.