Hockey fans - close to the edge?

February 15 2013 12:07PM


As Canadian hockey fans, we all exhibit symptoms of schizophrenia, don't we? Primarily we:

  • hear or see things that aren't real (hallucinations)
  • hold strong beliefs that are not real (delusions)

I don't mean to make light of a serious mental disorder that affects many Canadians and their families, but rather to illuminate the tendency of fans to lose touch with reality when observing their favourite team. 

Look no further that the acquisition by the Jets of Eric Tangradi. 

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Jets Player Usage: Defence

Kevin McCartney
February 15 2013 09:26AM




In part 1, we looked at how Claude Noel is using the Jets forwards so far this season. Below we'll look at how he's using the defence. The chart below comes from Ninja Greg's fantastic site. Thanks to him for use of his nifty tool. 

To the Charts!

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The More You Know: Eric Tangradi

Kevin McCartney
February 14 2013 12:34PM



Eric Tangradi, LW/RW, WPG

LW/RW  6'4" 220lbs, 24 years old

Drafted 2007, 42nd Overall

Contract: 1 Year, 2-way, 65K / 726K

Nick Name: Big Dog

I recently wrote about how the Jets are using their forwards and suggested that Noel might have to shorten his bench to avoid suffering the struggles of his 4th line. James Wright has had to be sheltered, Anthony Peluso didn't even break a sweat the other night in his 2:49 of ice time, and Slater and Thorburn aren't solving this team's losing ways without some help. Is Tangradi any help to us? Here's what he adds to the Jets and what we can expect in the next few months.

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Jets acquire Eric Tangradi - Cheveldayoff still Boring

Brett Martin
February 14 2013 09:34AM



Everything is relative, and with that in mind, pretty big news out of the Jets camp the other day. They acquired Eric Tangradi from the Pittsburgh Penguins. In return for the former 42nd overall pick of the Anaheim Ducks in 2007 draft, the Jets sent the Penguins a 7th round pick in the 2013 draft.

Tangradi has had what you might call an underwhelming career to date. Sure, he's got wayyyyyyy further as a Hockey player than I ever did, but with a whopping 5 points in 45 career NHL games it's safe to say the 24 year old, 6'4, 221lb Left Winger has yet to light the world on fire.

Which fits in with what Kevin Cheveldayoff has done this far. You see, I sat down to write today about how boring a GM Cheveldayoff is. I went to the Jets site to start compiling my case, and I saw the big news of the Tangradi trade. My heart skipped, then reverted back to normal, as I was re-assured my article idea still had merit, perhaps more so then before.

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Jets Player Usage: Forwards

Kevin McCartney
February 13 2013 02:10PM



After Claude Noel's new lines brought a badly deserved win to the Jets on Saturday, it's worth asking ourselves just how Noel is using his players. In this post, we'll look at Ninja Greg's fantastic Player Usage charts to examine Winnipegs forwards in terms of who they are skating against and where they are sarting their shifts at even strength.

To the Charts!

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