Category Archives: Winnipeg Jets
Noel’s choice of words should be a red flag. If he believes the team is good enough to make the playoffs but he can’t get the most out of them, he’s admitting that coaching is part of the problem.
Noel must have cast a few jealous glances across the ice to see Panthers coach Kevin Dineen getting so much out of a patchwork lineup Tuesday night.
And he knows it’s his job to do the same with the Jets.
“So,” began the first diehard, addressing his compadres, “who do you guys like the most, Jones, MacKinnon or Drouin?”
Excellent question, given what is unfolding here.
And you wonder if the same thoughts aren’t now being tossed around by Jets management as they watch their squad struggle mightily before their eyes. After all, consider…
— The Jets have dropped three straight at home, are 2-7 since opening the season 3-1-1 and are now on the road for their longest trip of the year.
— They are 14th in the Eastern Conference and 28th overall, with only the Washington Capitals and Columbus Blue Jackets in their rear-view mirror.
Is it too soon to ask some cold, hard questions about the makeup of the Winnipeg Jets — from top to bottom?
In the aftermath of Tuesday’s drive-you-around-the-bend loss to Philadelphia, I don’t think it is.
Neither did captain Andrew Ladd, although he was careful how he worded it.
You didn’t have to read far between the lines, though, to see what Ladd was getting at. It’s a tough job to call out your teammates, but eventually somebody’s gotta do it. Usually, it’s the captain.
Paul Postma is the most attractive and moveable asset the Winnipeg Jets own, so expect to hear his name quite a bit as NHL trade talks heat up.
For what the Jets want — a forward adding size and skill — GM Kevin Cheveldayoff will have to dangle serious bait. Postma, at this stage, best fits that description.
After Montreal GM Marc Bergevin sat down with agent Don Meehan for a meeting Friday, the future of Habs blueliner P.K. Subban is all the rage. The two sides have gotten nowhere and many wouldn’t be surprised if this ended in a trade demand from the Subban camp in the near future. As reported last week, Subban wants a five-year, $27.5-million deal at $5.5 million per season. Sources say Bergevin used Florida D Dmitry Kulikov (two years, $5 million) and New York D Michael Del Zotto (two years, $5.1 million) as comparisons. That won’t wash with Subban. If the Habs decide to deal Subban, Detroit, Philadelphia and the Rangers will make a push. But sources insist there is a surprise candidate that could have the assets to acquire Subban — the Winnipeg Jets. League sources say GM Kevin Cheveldayoff wants to make a splash to get an impact player. The problem for Bergevin is simple: As mad as the Habs’ camp is at Subban, he’s a thoroughbred and they don’t come along often … Lots of teams are waiting to see where the dominos fall with Vancouver G Roberto Luongo before making a move for a netminder. Canucks GM Mike Gillis has told several teams he’s not doing anything until he gets his asking price. Yes, the Edmonton Oilers have what it takes to acquire Luongo, but he wouldn’t approve a trade there. The Panthers don’t want to make a deal unless Gillis is willing to take cash back. The Canucks know the pressure is mounting in some markets to win and they’ll find a desperate GM trying to save his job, maybe even Washington or Philly.
Do not be at all shocked if both the Oilers and Jets take a run at Wade Redden. hockeytraderumors.com
— hockeytraderumors (@hockeytraderumo) January 18, 2013
Bryan Murray should be on the phone trying to pry Evander Kane out of Winnipeg.
— James Gordon (@SensReporter) January 11, 2013