WINNIPEG JETS NEWS

It Is About Race

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News, As the Winnipeg Jets’ season wound down, a controversy involving one of their players flared up. Interim coach Paul Maurice made star winger Evander Kane a healthy scratch for a game in Toronto – and just like that, harsh words were hauled out to criticize the 22-year-old: he had an attitude; he was arrogant; he wasn’t a good fit with...
Via Kukla's Korner
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Winnipeg Jets Sign Head Coach Paul Maurice To Four-Year Contract Extension

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — The Winnipeg Jets confirmed Paul Maurice as their new head coach for the next four years Wednesday Maurice took the Jets to an 18-12-5 record over 35 games after Claude Noel was fired. “He’s an impressive hockey coach but he’s an impressive person as well,” general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff said of Maurice, who took over in mid-January. “He walked...
Via NESN.com
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Hope and Pray is not a Plan

Follow @puckrantjets on Twitter   A gambler is nothing but a man who makes his living out of hope.  ~William Bolitho This is probably a very accurate description of the Jets situation, at least as how GM Kevin Cheveldayoff explained it today.  That also includes the caveat of 'reading between the line' too but that's what every one is doing after his 'State...
Via Puckrant.com
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Maurice earns four-year contract with Jets

Paul Maurice is returning as coach of the Winnipeg Jets, agreeing Wednesday to a four-year contract. "Quite honestly it really didn't take that long," Jets executive vice president and general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff said. "He's an impressive hockey coach, but he's an impressive person as well... Made a tremendous impact the moment he walked in."...
Via Pro Sports Daily
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Paul Maurice Staying In Winnipeg

via TSN, Paul Maurice has agreed to a four-year contract extension to remain head coach of the Winnipeg Jets. Maurice became the Jets' interim coach on Jan. 12 when he replaced the fired Claude Noel. Maurice, 47, is coaching his third NHL franchise. He had two stints with the Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes and also coached the Toronto Maple Leafs for two seasons.
Via Kukla's Korner
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Connor Hellebuyck selected to the U.S. Men’s National Team

(Photo/Justin Soderberg) USA Hockey announced Tuesday, April 15 the first 15 players of the 2014 U.S. Men’s National Team that will compete at the International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championship May 9-25 in Minsk, Belarus. The first group of players includes one goaltender, six defensemen and eight forwards, including former UMass Lowell goaltender Connor...
Via View From 123
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Chevy's Ego Preventing the Jets from Improving Goaltending

Why do the Jets treat Ondrej Pavelec with kid gloves?  Why is there no tough love approach for this player compared to others who have received it under both coaches?  Is Devon Setoguchi that much worse than Pavelec that he should pay the price of admission to the pine or press box more often? These are the kinds of questions that Jets fans are asking as the long post-mortem...
Via Puckrant.com
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Doug Carr’s Abbotsford debut ends in shootout loss

ABBOTSFORD – He waited a long time to make his professional debut and it was worth the wait, but it didn’t end in the way Doug Carr wanted. Carr’s professional debut with the Abbotsford Heat ended in a 5-4 shootout loss on Sunday afternoon. Carr landed in Abbotsford, British Columbia on April 2 and signed an amateur try-out contract with the Heat. However, his professional...
Via View From 123
10 days ago  |  Discuss

MY PLAYOFF PREDICTIONS - WESTERN CONFERENCE

Sadly, the Winnipeg Jets will not be participating in the NHL playoffs this Spring. Although Chevy and the Jets will be staying at home and watching, I'm excited to make some predictions for the 1st round.  You'll notice that I'm not a big fan of the "season series" per say. I strongly believe that games in October-December have very little to do with...
Via Puckrant.com
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Afternoon Line

"I'm glad they went somewhere instead of folding. Watching them now, they're exactly the same team. I feel bad for Winnipeg. They thought it was going to be awesome, but they're the same team." -Lauren Godinez, a fan of the Atlanta Thrashers on the Winnipeg Jets.  More from a feature by Geoff Kirbyson of the Winnipeg Free Press on fans in Atlanta still following...
Via Kukla's Korner
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Dustin Byfuglien will start as a forward in 2014-15

Dustin Byfuglien has been used a forward and a defenseman throughout the 2013-14 season. In January, the Jets moved Big Buff up front while still using him on the point with the man advantage. His primary role shifted to forward during 5-on-5 play after serving as a defenseman for a little over three years. Where will Byfuglien play in 2014-15? It looks like the Jets have already...
Via Puck Drunk Love
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Dustin Byfuglien will start as a forward in 2014-15

Dustin Byfuglien has been used a forward and a defenseman throughout the 2013-14 season. In January, the Jets moved Big Buff up front while still using him on the point with the man advantage. His primary role shifted to forward during 5-on-5 play after serving as a defenseman for a little over three years. Where will Byfuglien play in 2014-15? It looks like the Jets have already...
Via Bloguin Best
10 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: TJ Brodie tips puck into his net for brutal own goal

Winnipeg Jets forward Michael Frolik threw the puck on net when it got deflected twice. The last deflection was off Calgary Flames defenseman TJ Brodie’s stick and floated right past goalie Karri Ramo and Ramo waved at it hoping for the best. Easily one of the funnier goals you’ll see. [@MyRegularFace] The post Flames’ TJ Brodie Tips Puck Into Own Net For Funny Goal appeared...
Via Diehardsport
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Connor Hellebuyck earns inaugural Mike Ritcher Award

(Photo/Justin Soderberg) Although the UMass Lowell River Hawks were not participating in this year’s Frozen Four in Philadelphia, Penn., one former River Hawk picked up some hardware on Friday. Connor Hellebuyck was named the inaugural winner of the Mike Ritcher Award as the nation’s top goaltender. Hellebuyck posted a 18-9-2 with six shutouts and a nation’s best...
Via View From 123
12 days ago  |  Discuss

UMass Lowell’s Connor Hellebuyck Wins Mike Richter Award As Top Goalie

Connor Hellebuyck added one final piece of hardware to his mantel Friday before departing UMass Lowell for the NHL. The sophomore goaltender, who last week signed a three-year contract with the Winnipeg Jets, accepted the inaugural Mike Richter Award as the nation’s top goalie at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Hellebuyck posted NCAA bests in goals against average (1.79...
Via NESN.com
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Bruins - Jets highlights (video)

The Bruins dropped their third straight game on the road last night with their 2-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets at the MTS Centre.Brad Marchand scored the lone goal for the Bruins in the first period, his 24th of the year.The game turned out to be quite the goalie dual, as both backups Chad Johnson and former Bruins prospect Matt Hutchinson 70 total shots and only surrendered two goals...
Via BruinsLife
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Rookie goalie Michael Hutchinson leads Winnipeg Jets to shootout win over Bruins

The Winnipeg Jets may be well out of the NHL playoff picture, but they didn’t feel like just handing two points to the visiting Boston Bruins, Thursday. Evander Kane scored with just under two minutes left in the third period to force overtime, and the Jets went on to a 2-1 shootout victory in their final home game of the season. MIchael Hutchinson, making just his second NHL...
Via Pro Sports Daily
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Bruins' Shootout Woes Continue in 2-1 Loss to Winnipeg

Luckily for the Boston Bruins, their recent shootout woes won't affect them in the playoffs.  Their tendency to give up goals late in the third period to lead to these shootouts might affect them starting next week. Evander Kane scored the tying goal with 1:57 left in the third period, and former Bruins draft pick goalie Michael Hutchinson stopped all three shots in the shootout...
Via CLNS Radio
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Little lifts Jets past Bruins 2-1 in shootout

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) Bryan Little scored in the shootout to give the Winnipeg Jets a 2-1 victory over the Boston Bruins in their last home game of the season Thursday night.
Via FOXSports.com
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Jets Rumor: Evander Kane could be heading elsewhere

Following his being a healthy scratch last Saturday for a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs the talk ramped up about whether or not the Winnipeg Jets are ready to trade Evander Kane during the off-season.Wikimedia.orgKane for his part will not respond to any questions about whether or not he would like to be moved to another club, but the volume of speculation in the media about...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Jeff Smith Connor Hellebuyck’s Replacement?

(Photo/Powell River Kings) The UMass Lowell River Hawks suffered a few losses this offseason, but none were bigger than the loss of standout goaltender Connor Hellebuyck. The Commerce, Mich. native opted to sign a three-year, two-way entry level contract with the Winnipeg Jets and start his professional career next season. Hellebuyck was the Jets’ fifth round selection...
Via View From 123
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Wild within a whisker of playoffs after shutting out Winnipeg

The Wild is a whisker from its second consecutive postseason berth. Twelve hours after playoff tickets went on sale in St. Paul, the Wild moved closer to the NHL’s second season by hanging on for a 1-0 victory over its rivals from the north, the Winnipeg Jets, on Monday night at MTS Centre. “That was the definition of grinding it out,” said coach Mike Yeo, whose team defended...
Via Pro Sports Daily
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Wild goalie Ilya Bryzgalov eggs on taunting Winnipeg Jets fans

When it was rumored the Phoenix Coyotes were going to move to Winnipeg, then Coyotes goalie Ilya Bryzgalov made it known that he wanted nothing to do with Winnipeg. The fans let him hear it in his first game back in Winnipeg and Bryzgalov egged them on, asking for more. It should be noted that he did this during the play while the puck was in his zone because he is after all, Ilya...
Via Diehardsport
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Evander Kane returns to Jets lineup after benching

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) Jets forward Evander Kane is returning to Winnipeg's lineup, but the player and coach Paul Maurice aren't shedding any light on why Kane rode the bench in Toronto over the weekend.
Via FOXSports.com
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Hutchinson to make NHL debut as Jets’ goaltending under the microscope…again

Six years after he was drafted by the Boston Bruins (explaining the image), Michael Hutchinson will make his NHL debut in goal for the Winnipeg Jets. Hutchinson has spent most of the season with AHL St. John’s and ECHL Ontario. Tonight against the visiting Wild, the 24-year-old will step in for starter Ondrej Pavelec. (The team’s regular back-up, Al Montoya, is injured.) Goaltending...
Via Pro Sports Daily
16 days ago  |  Discuss

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