Stafford’s play improving in place of Laine

Embed from Getty Images The Winnipeg Jets have played two games now since Jake McCabe caught Patrik Laine with his head down and lowered the boom, leaving the young phenom with a concussion and leaving the Jets with a big hole on their first line (second line? Line 1A? 1B?). Coach Paul Maurice decided to…

JGD45: How Do You Bounce Back From The Habs Debacle?

Embed from Getty Images The Jets followed up a decent showing against the Calgary Flames by mailing one in against an injury-ravaged Montreal Canadiens squad who was starting their backup goaltender. How do the the Jets bounce back from what might have been their worst outing of the season (it’s not a gimme, though; we…

Chiarot Misses Practice, Melchiori Recalled, Laine To IR

Embed from Getty Images The Jets take care of a bit of roster housekeeping as they move Patrik Laine to the IR list retroactive to Janurary 7th and call up defenseman Julian Melchiori from the Manitoba Moose. The recall  was likely made as a precaution due to the fact Ben Chiarot missed the Jets practice…

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Should the Jets seek goaltending reinforcements?

Embed from Getty Images It‘s no secret that the Jets could use some help between the pipes.  Connor Hellebuyck, the presumed goalie of the future, is struggling in his first full NHL season. Michael Hutchinson on the other hand, isn’t playing like an NHL-calibre backup, thus placing more responsibility on the shoulders of Hellebuyck. The Jets need a…

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The Roundup

The Leafs are actually good, the Jets and Wings are quite bad, Jim Benning reveals his plans, the Flames first half and exposing Troy Brouwer, Taylor Hall goes back to Edmonton, the Adidas jersey takeover, the NHL’s point system, backup goalies, Justin Schultz 2.0 and more in this week’s Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent…