January 16 2014 10:59AM
Nominations were released for the 2014 Hobey Baker award, given to the NCAA's best men's ice hockey player, and the Jets have two players in the group. Centre Andrew Copp at the University of Michigan is scoring a point per game and represented the USA at the recent World Junior Championships. Goalie Connor Hellebuyck is already a fixture of my dreams for the 2015 Jets after he took the NCAA by storm as a freshman, posting a 1.37 GAA and ,952 sv% in 24 contests for UMass-Lowell. This year, he's practically floundering at a 1.75 GAA and .945 sv%, good for second and first in the NCAA respectively. Encouragingly, both players are nominated as Sophomores.
Inside we'll pat ourselves on the back, get really excited about the next David Backes and Ryan Miller, and end with a call for votes. After all, these men need fan votes, which account for 1% of the total balloting process in winning the award. (What, did you expect people at America's most prestigious and wealthy universities to just give control to the unwashed masses? That's just asking for a Rory Fitzpatrick situation!)
January 15 2014 09:25AM
Chart from Extraskater.com
If only the first game for a new head coach (who had yet to run a practice for his team) was always a sign for things to come! I would be so much more optimistic about this team, the direction they are headed, and their plans for the future. Unfortunately, that is not the case. This was one game. That being said it was a good one, and the Jets do deserve praise for their effort in front of the new bench boss.
January 15 2014 09:16AM
One area that we knew wouldn’t see much change in game one with Paul Maurice was the play and decision-making made by players in the neutral zone. With just one practice before the game, Maurice really wasn’t able to administer any real changes to how he wants things done, and the results from the game clearly reflect that.
January 13 2014 09:24PM
Paul showing them who's boss.
With new Head Coach Paul Maurice behind the bench, the Jets played perhaps their most complete game of the year, making the Phoenix Coyotes look like...the Winnipeg Jets.
I can't help but imagine Claude Noel sitting in his den, huddled under a blanket like E.T., the lights turned off, whisky in hand, anxiously gulping bitter mouthfuls down every time the Jets score, wondering why-oh-why they wouldn't play like that for him.
Aaaaand that's the last time I'll kick Noel while he's down (tonight).
January 13 2014 04:29PM
"I can't believe the internet hasn't ran with this meme by now, if I'm being honest"
Last time you heard from us, we were openly ridiculing the Winnipeg Jets for the way in which they've been handling their business, from management to coaching to player personnel. Well, one of those has seemingly been fixed, with Paul Maurice replacing
Jeff Goldblum Claude Noel behind the bench. Cam assures me that there's no blood on our hands, but I'm not so sure about that.. we were pretty harsh last time out after all. Either way you're welcome, Winnipeg.
As a quick aside: how is it possible that, given the social media era we currently live in, that no one has taken the Kevin Chevel-DAY OFF meme and ran with it? I spent some time searching it up online, and nothing comes up, which is a total travesty. This stuff basically writes itself. Whenever the day comes that he finally gets axed by the club, I hope you all enjoy the Kevin Chevel-LAY OFF headline.
But enough about the Jets. We only spent a couple of minutes talking about them, before using the rest of the show to take a close look at the Eastern Conference playoff race (particularly "the murky middle" as Cam coined it, from spots 5-14). We mostly focused on the New York Islanders (a team which we like, especially if they get their hands on a legitimate NHL goaltender), the Carolina Hurricanes (a team that could be poised to make a run up the standings), and the Buffalo Sabres (who could be really enticing in a few years if they nail their upcoming draft picks).
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