Best of the Nation – 2.10.13

Lots of good stuff after the jump – trades and transactions, NHL expansion, Craig MacTavish on his old team in Vancouver, Olympic speculation and more. Plus – a special look at the (highly impressive) results of our Jets Nation casting call.

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Jets Headlines: 10 Games Deep

Believe it or not, the Winnipeg Jets are already ten games into the season. Usually game ten isn’t one of your typical “look back and reflect” landmarks, but hey, this isn’t exactly your normal season. We are almost a quarter of the way through the schedule, so if you happen to have been sleeping under…

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Wheeler and Lucic

    The Canadiens/Bruins game on Wednesday night featured all the elements a hockey fan could ask for: a historic rivalry, a villain (Chara), and a third period comeback to win the game for the Bruins. One of the key elements of the comeback was Milan Lucic – he only had one assist on the…

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The Problem With Pavelec

      The Winnipeg Jets have an Achilles Heel, and his name is Ondrej Pavelec. when Pavelec’s 5 year, $19.5 million extension was signed, Jets General Manager Kevin Cheveldayoff said that "there’s no question – having stong stable goaltending is very important." It hasn’t exactly worked out that way for Pavelec, or the Jets.

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Interview with a Jets Ticket Holder

    I’ve been an avid member of JetsNation since 1979, when both the NHL Jets and I were born. It was a good year all around. I grew up a die-hard Jets fan. For Halloween, I went out in my Hockey gear as whatever Jet I was currently obsessed with. All I wanted for…

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Best Jets of All Time

    Don’t get me wrong – I love the Jets. But something is a little off. You see, when you look at the History of the new Jets, you’ll see the leading scorer in franchise history is Ilya Kovalchuk, with none other than the immortal Vyacheslav Kozlov in second place, some 199 points back….

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Fear Based Decisions – Hopefully the Jets stay away

    In February of 2011 I was in Florida for my honeymoon. I knew I had married the right lady when she agreed to go to a Florida Panther’s game – please don’t read into the title yet; marrying my wife wasn’t a fear based decision. 

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Not time to panic on Scheifele

    News today that top prospect Mark Scheifele has been sent to wax on with Dale Hawerchuk has the internet buzzing. With a number of healthy scratches so far this season, Scheifele’s return to junior shouldn’t shock Winnipeg fans. No doubt we’re all a little nervous, though. So let’s breathe deep and do some explana-bragging…

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BURMISTROV IN A SLUMP?

  Alexander Burmistrovhas been in a complete slump since the start of the 2013 season and is still trying to find his groove. So far the young Russian centre is nowhere near his point production from previous years and you have to think that this can only last for so long.  Burmistrov reads plays very…

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The Year of the RFA For Winnipeg

  The Winnipeg Jets have an interesting off season ahead of them, as several of their key players are pending Restricted Free Agents. A Jets team with a 2012-13 cap payroll of a little over $58.8 million is about to get a lot more expensive. Blake Wheeler, Bryan Little, Alexander Burmistrov, Zach Bogosian and Paul…

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What’s going on in St. John’s?

  In their first season in St. John’s after relocating from Manitoba, the re-named IceCaps finished first place in the AHL’s Atlantic Division and made a deep run for the Calder Cup. With a largely similar core group of players still in the fold this year, there was reason to expect the team to build…