September 16th, 2017Goaltending was a frequent topic of conversation last season and not in the way Winnipeg Jets management or fans anticipated.
Connor Hellebuyck performed admirably for a young netminder, earning 26 victories in 56 starts. Michael Hutchinson was between the pipes for the majority of the remainder of games but appears a likely candidate to be dealt.
Whether the inconsistent goaltending was a shortage of talent or lack of experience, it...
September 14th, 2017The Winnipeg Jets have signed forward Bryan Little to a six-year contract extension worth $31.746 million that will kick in at the start of the 2018-19 season, the Jets announced Thursday morning. The deal comes with an annual cap hit of $5.291 million and will likely keep Little in the Jets lineup for the remainder of his career. Set to turn 30 early during the 2017-18 season, Little will be 37 at the conclusion of this new deal - a long-term...
Winnipeg goaltender Michael Hutchinson will sport the face of a beloved Jets superfan on his mask during the 2017-18 season. Len Kropioski — known in Winnipeg as ‘Kroppy’ — was a staple at every home game before passing away last September at the age of 98.
Hutchinson teamed up with goalie mask painter David Leroux to create the design. It shows a black and white picture of the military veteran giving the salute. The mask, tweeted by Hutchinson on Saturday, also says “Kroppy, 1918-2016."
For years, artist David...September 3rd, 2017
The Winnipeg Jets' signing of veteran tough guy Matt Hendricks to a cheap, one-year deal should not have been big news.
Hendricks is a late offseason veteran addition, the kind most teams make this time of year, and should not have inspired any vitriol in Jets fans. Yet his $700,000 contract earned plenty of scorn.
Disagree or agree with the signing as you like. There are reasons for both, but the signing is only likable if Hendricks is used properly. "Used properly" may mean used in the AHL.
The reaction from Jets fans, however, shows they have no faith in the organization's...August 30th, 2017
This article was originally written in June, 2014.
In its history, the Winnipeg Jets version 1.0 had some up-and-down moments at the draft table in the first round. They did hit a home-run in selecting Dale Hawerchuk with the first overall pick back in 1981. The Jets also struck gold when Teemu Selanne was available with the 10th overall pick back in 1988.
But for the most part, the Jets record at the draft table was porous. This was a huge reason why the Jets floundered during their first tenure in the NHL, which led to the team being moved to Phoenix in 1996. Here are the five...August 23rd, 2017
The Winnipeg Jets have had plenty of issues with goaltending before. From everyday inconsistencies to a young goaltender working through some kinks, they have had their fair share of problems. This year's crease complication is due to the fact of an overload of the position.
The Jets enter the season without Ondrej Pavelec in the organization for the first time since getting drafted in 2005 by the Atlanta Thrashers. Pavelec spent the majority of the season with the Manitoba Moose last year but was still relied on for a string of games nearing the end of the season with the big...August 8th, 2017
Too many times hockey fans have watched their team's promising college prospects get stolen away before they can even see them sport the jersey. One of the biggest risks of drafting an NCAA player is that once his schooling is completed, he can opt to not sign with the NHL club that drafted him.
The decision to test free agency varies on the player. Sometimes opportunities in another organization appear more attractive and other times the player and team cannot come to terms on a contract agreement.
The Edmonton Oilers nabbed coveted offensive defenceman, Justin Schultz from Anaheim in...August 6th, 2017
Josh Morrissey can't take any sort of step back this year. The Winnipeg Jets can't afford it.
Morrissey is coming off a quietly successful rookie season with the Jets. He wasn't a serious Calder Trophy contender at any point, but he was a surprisingly stabilizing force on the back end.
Morrissey put up small but encouraging point totals on little to no power play time with strong underlying numbers while giving the Jets another potent option on the left side and playing all 82 games. By year's end, he was the Jets' best left-side defenseman and had formed an effective pairing with...August 2nd, 2017