May 11th, 2019
Winnipeg Jets fans hoping to see a little bit more of their favourite players after their team was bounced from the Stanley Cup Playoffs exactly a month earlier than a season ago will be disappointed by makeup of the 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship rosters.
16 Teams, 100-Plus NHLers,...
May 7th, 2019
In this second part of a three-part series covering the Winnipeg Jets’ offseason to-do list, I’ll be discussing the team’s defensemen. In part one, I discussed forwards, and in part three, I’ll cover the goalies, estimated total cap hit, and predictions for the 2019-20 season.
The Manitoba Moose tragically fell two points short of a Calder Cup Playoffs berth this season, but man, did they make a heck of a run down the stretch.
Related: Manitoba Moose March in Review
The team wasn't even supposed to be in the conversation, but they fought for a spot until the AHL season’s very last weekend.
Despite missing out on the postseason, the Moose — dead last at Christmas and one of the AHL’s biggest second-half success stories — played inspired and heady hockey in April, posting a 5-2-0-0 record, but their opponents were just a little bit hotter.
“Birdman,” Special Teams Take Two Against Condors
With the Milwaukee Admirals, Rockford IceHogs, Texas Stars, Iowa Wild all in a logjam and jockeying for Central Division playoff spots, every game was critical.
The Moose began April with their final homestand of the season, a four-gamer beginning with two against the Pacific Division-leading Bakersfield Condors.
With Eric Comrie still on...
Over the past six seasons, Jacob Trouba has developed from a blue-chip prospect to an elite defenseman and a stalwart on the Winnipeg Jets' blue line. Trouba, alongside Josh Morrissey on the Jets' top defensive pairing, has been tasked with shutting down the opponent's best for many seasons. He has logged an average of nearly 23 minutes per game in his 408 career contests, and this past season, reached the 50-point plateau for the first time in his career.
Jacob Trouba's been an important member of the Jets over the past six seasons, but it's becoming increasingly obvious trading him is the right course of action. (James Carey Lauder-USA TODAY Sports)
Despite how important Trouba's been to the Jets' rise to competitiveness, it's becoming increasingly clear, for a number of reasons, that moving the 25-year-old makes the most sense for the Jets.
A Long-Term Deal Seems Unlikely
Negotiations Between Jets & Trouba Have Never Gone Well
The main sticking point has been,...
Arguably the most polarizing Buffalo Sabres player over the last three seasons, Rasmus Ristolainen is at a crossroads in his career in Buffalo. While boasting a booming slapshot and a penchant for physicality that makes fans drool, he has also been criticized by the analytics community.
Rasmus Ristolainen appears to be at a crossroads in his career with the Buffalo Sabres. (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)
Things really came to a head during this challenging season. His abysmal plus/minus rating has been chalked up to being the No. 1 defenseman on some of the worst teams in NHL history. When I say abysmal, it's the truth. Combining all seasons for all players from 1999 until now, Ristolainen holds the prestigious honour of having a minus-143, the worst in the league over that span. This is particularly alarming considering he didn't begin to play regularly in the NHL until the 2014-15 season.
In any event, it became more and more apparent this season that his skills in the...
In today's NHL rumor rundown, Ilya Mikheyev is getting a lot of attention by NHL clubs, but who will sign him? Jacob Trouba, Tyler Myers and other Winnipeg Jets talk about re-signing in Winnipeg, and Mats Zuccarello is earning a second look in Dallas. What would it take to keep him around?
Where Will Ilya Mikheyev Wind Up?
KHL forward Ilya Mikheyev is being pursued by the Vegas Golden Knights, but recent reports now suggest Vegas is not the only franchise trying to get him under contract.
Today, Igor Eronko of Sport-Express has heard that the Toronto Maple Leafs are among the final few teams still working on a deal, but Darren Dreger of TSN noted Vegas and the Chicago Blackhawks are part of the conversation as well. Dreger notes that a majority of the league has shown interest and that a decision is expected this weekend.
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Jets Staying, Jets...