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Finally, Jets Get Bonus Point They Earned

  Another big save by Ondrej Pavelec. When Bryan Little scored the shootout winner in Philadelphia on Tuesday night, it was more than just a win in the 51st game of a long season. It might have been the most important win of 2012. For 65 minutes on Tuesday, the Winnipeg Jets went toe-to-toe one…

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Will the Jets Be Buyers or Sellers?

  Blake Wheeler: Team’s Leading Scorer Needs Help Up Front.  Even if you haven’t watched a Winnipeg Jets game this season, all you need to do is look at the numbers to know what this team needs. At the All-Star break, the Jets are 22nd overall in goals scored at 2.45 per game. The team’s…

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Everybody Is Angry About the All-Star Snub Except the GM

  Kevin Cheveldayoff and his Jets. There is an all-star replacement in this bunch somewhere. Winnipeg Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff is a cool dude. He was cool when he played for the Brandon Wheat Kings and he was cool when he worked in the American Hockey League. That’s why it wasn’t surprising when he appeared on…

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The Broken Record: ‘We Just Couldn’t Score Goals.’

  The Jets fought hard, but they just can’t score goals.   Tuesday night, TSN Jets TV play-by-play man Dennis Beyak said something that few people would try in NHL12: "Thorburn with the one-timer!!!" Sorry, being facetious. I don’t want to rip at Chris Thorburn. He’s not the only guy who can’t score. Fact is,…

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Wheeler: “I Could Have Made Those Saves.’

  A Rare Occurrence This Month: A Jets Goal Celebration. Winnipeg Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff was in the press box in Raleigh, N.C. Monday night. He told Dennis Beyak on TSN Jets TV that he was "evaluating his hockey team." When the game between the Jets and the Carolina Hurricanes was over, Cheveldayoff probably…

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‘We Just Need to Find Some Consistency’

 Andrew Ladd’s 16th of the year.   Defenseman Ron Hainsey probably summed up the first three months of the "new" Winnipeg Jets existence in one sentence. As he spoke to the media on Thursday night, he said: "We just need to find some consistency." No one in the organization could have put it more succinctly. When…

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Outstanding! Another Year in Florida (With NHLPA Update)

  (Updated at 9:01 p.m. CST) This one is personal. I am in love with the National Hockey League Players Association tonight. Even though I still believe that the NHLPA and the league’s owners will eventually agree on realignment for next season, I’m in heaven on this beautiful Friday night. Now, as I said, this…

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Now The Jets Can Make Some Noise

 If you happened to watch all three games played by the Winnipeg Jets this past week, you’d definitely get the feeling that this team is, at least, competing. When the Jets left on their three-game road trip on Tuesday, they were 8-9-3 and coming off three improesive wins at home. They played hard in a…

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The Streaky Jets: Forrest Gump’s Box of Chocolates.

  If there is one thing that will keep Winnipeg Jets fans screaming for more this season, it’s the fact that their beloved team is so wonderfully inconsistent. Great one night, bad for three or four, great for a couple more, bad again. This is not a team like Boston that is going to run…

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Five Who Should Be in the Hockey Hall

  TAMPA, Fla. — Every year, for almost 20 years, my old friend Ed Sweeney sent a letter to the Hockey Hall of Fame. As this year’s new inductees to the Hall were feted on Monday, I have taken up Ed’s gauntlet. I have decided to take it upon myself to write an open letter on…

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Worry About the Rangers, Not the Loss to the Devils

 Heartbreak is one thing. How a team responds to a little heartbreak is quite another altogether. Tonight, the Jets get the type of gift that professional baseball teams get most every day of every season. They get to play back-to-back hockey games. After losing to the Devils on Saturday night, it’s time to forget that…

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Without Goaltending, Kiss Your Chances Good-Bye

 Like my esteemed colleague, Jonathan Willis, I’m happy to call myself a "numbers guy." I deeply respect baseball’s Sabrmetricians and I appreciate Willis’s insight into the Nashville Predators’ decision to give Pekka Rinne a seven-year $49 million deal. I also agree with Jonathan when he suggests that certain numbers aren’t as important as they seem….