The Forbes List: Why Is It Never Challenged?

  What I love most about the annual Forbes Magazine “Values of NHL Franchises” list is how the international mainstream media covers it as if it’s legitimate. Because google is my friend, I checked out 30 different international media outlets and found the reporting almost equal at every stop. Not one outlet looked at the…

Jets Hang In: Win Another One-Goal (?) Game

The Winnipeg Jets are starting to get pretty good at this.  For the second straight game, the Jets didn’t do a whole lot offensively, but they did win another one-goal game. OK, OK, it turned out to be a two-goal game because Evander Kane scored an empty-netter from his own blueline in the dying seconds,…

Randy Carlyle, Coach of the Jets?

 Whether or not it’s fair to Claude Noel, the question has to be asked? How long before Randy Carlyle is (a) hired by the Winnipeg Jets and (b) how long before Carlyle takes over from Claude Noel as coach of the Jets? The former is anyone’s guess. While the Jets will probably deny any interest…

Jets Still Can’t Finish

  For about two weeks, Winnipeg Jets head coach Claude Noel has worried that his team can’t finish games. In fact, on Tuesday morning, Noel said, "We’ve taken a few two-goal leads this year and we haven’t been able to finish. That’s what worries me most right now, our ability to finish." He had every…

Winnipeg As “…a Unit of 20”

Claude Noel should be given some credit. After a rocky start, the head coach of the Winnipeg Jets is starting to get a pretty good feel for his hockey team. Friday night, shortly after Noel’s Winnipeg Jets beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 in Raieigh to go 1-0-1 on this three-game road swing, Noel told reporters,…

10 Things We’ve Learned

Here are the 10 things we learned during Wednesday night’s 4-3 Jets overtime loss in Washington: 1. The Jets are now 8-9-4 after the loss to Washington. Caude Noel’s team is so close to being good, it’s scary. But dumb mistakes, by both the players and the coach, have cost the Jets at least seven…

Impossible to Give The Jets a Grade After 20 Crazy Games

 It’s one of those things that hockey writers do at certain points of a long season. The team they cover has a day off, it has just played its 20th or 40th or 60th game of the season and you, the journalist, really have nothing more to write about until they go back to practice….

The Greatest Week in the New Era

One week ago, the Winnipeg Jets lost 2-1 in Columbus. Three games and seven days later all you can think is, "How the hell did that happen?" It’s amazing. The Jets that completed a week-long roller-coaster ride this past Saturday afternoon, was a completely different hockey team than the one that couldn’t muster any kind…

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FGD: Do Something

The Calgary Flames are almost two months into the season and this campaign has far too many similarities to the team that started last year in a mediocre fashion.  The problem is, last year the Flames finished with a decent record thanks to a scorching two month span after the turn of the calendar.  Expecting…

Five Straight Losses (OK, Two Officially). Now What?

TAMPA, Fla. — When the Winnipeg Jets returned from a very difficult seven-game road trip, my colleague here at jetsnation.com, Matt Eichel, called it a "confidence building road swing." He was right, too. The Jets had just gone 3-2-2 against Philadelphia, Tampa, Florida, the Islanders, New Jersey, the Rangers and Buffalo and improved from 2-5-1…