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  • Bryan Little Needs Better Players To Play With

    Jets Nation "Patrik Laine didn’t name any names when he talked to a Finnish newspaper about wanting to play with the best players on the Winnipeg Jets and that he instead had to settle for playing with “the guys I’m told to play.” But much like a sub-tweet on Twitter, we..." September 20

  • Dream Gap Tour aims to pave way for sustainable women’s hockey league

    TSN "When the Canadian Women’s Hockey League shuttered last spring, the move united 200 female hockey players in a common goal – to build a better, more sustainable future for their sport for the next generation of girls.   It was that dream that spawned the aptly..." September 20

  • Patrik Laine contacted Bryan Little to apologize for linemate comments

    Ottawa Citizen "Call it a transcontinental bro hug. Winnipeg Jets star Patrik Laine has reached out across the Atlantic to tell teammate Bryan Little he was sorry for making waves. Laine contacted Little shortly after the unsigned star goal scorer’s comments about his linemates..." September 19

  • The Oilers and Jets could make good trade partners

    Oilers Nation "Earlier today, Bob McKenzie dropped a bombshell, stating that Dustin Byfuglien was taking an absence from the Winnipeg Jets in order to contemplate his future in the league. As discussed over at JetsNation, the Jets are giving the veteran defenceman time and space while he decides whether he..." September 19

  • Has Patrik Laine been unfairly deployed by the Jets?

    TSN "Does Patrik Laine have a legitimate beef with the Winnipeg Jets? That is the question of the week after a story by Pekka Jalonen – a sportswriter for the Finnish publication Iltalehti – who has covered Laine since the earliest stages of his..." September 19

  • 5 head coaches on the hot seat entering this season

    The Score "There's no shortage of bench bosses who will begin 2019-20 feeling the heat. Whether they guide a team on the rise that hasn't gone deep enough, a franchise that's stuck in the mud, or a historically great regular-season club that hasn't achieved Stanley Cup glory,..." September 19

  • Dustin Byfuglien's career crossroad raises unending questions for Jets

    TSN "There is a thread hanging off the Winnipeg Jets this training camp.  If you pull on it hard enough, it’s not difficult to imagine the 2019-20 season unravelling before it even begins. Wednesday’s bombshell that blueliner Dustin Byfuglien has..." September 18

  • Agent for Mikko Rantanen, Patrik Laine: 'We're not close' in negotiations

    The Score "The man who represents restricted free agents Mikko Rantanen and Patrik Laine says his clients aren't on the verge of agreeing to new contracts with their respective clubs. "We're not close, how about that? That's about as much as you're going..." September 18

  • Dustin Byfuglien believed to be weighing future

    TSN "According to TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie, Winnipeg Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien is believed to be pondering his NHL future as he takes a leave of absence from the club. McKenzie notes Byfuglien is weighing his options at the moment and remains without..." September 18

  • 5 best goaltending duos in the NHL

    The Score "Load management has become one of the hottest topics in the modern NHL, with teams looking for new ways to gain an advantage during the regular-season slog. In 2018-19, we saw more teams shift toward a platoon between the pipes, and the need for multiple netminders who can handle a..." September 18

  • NHL Releases Detailed Rule Changes For 2019-20

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL’s Public Relations team has released a video updating all of the rule changes for the upcoming season, agreed upon earlier this year. The five-minute video goes in-depth on each change, noting that the focus was on expanded video review, promoting player safety and..." September 18

  • Blake Wheeler after Patrik Laine's ice-time comment: 'You want guys that are hungry'

    The Score "Winnipeg Jets captain Blake Wheeler doesn't have a problem with teammate Patrik Laine's comments regarding his lack of playing time. "It's a great trait to have to want more, to want more ice time, more playing time," Wheeler said, according..." September 17

  • Blake Wheeler on Patrik Laine: 'He's definitely not doing it by himself, I can guarantee you that'

    TSN "Winnipeg Jets captain Blake Wheeler said Tuesday restricted free agent Patrik Laine has benefited from his linemates throughout his first three seasons in Winnipeg.  Laine told Pekka Jalonen of Finland's Iltalehti that he believes he would..." September 17

  • Patrik Laine wants chance to play on Jets’ top line

    Sportsnet "Still unsigned and currently skating with SC Bern as contract talks with the Winnipeg Jets continue, RFA Patrik Laine indicated on Tuesday that there’s more to his current negotiations than just money and term. “In contract negotiations one thing is..." September 17

  • Fantasy: 6 players with long-term value to target for keeper leagues

    The Score "The following players likely won't be fantasy relevant for the 2019-20 season, but could become incredibly valuable in keeper leagues down the road. These NHLers will need to be designated as not active, so be sure to check your league's settings before drafting any of..." September 17

  • Mason Appleton, Gabriel Bourque next men up

    Winnipeg Free Press "Let’s be clear: Mason Appleton and Gabriel Bourque aren’t going to be mistaken for Patrik Laine and Kyle Connor. Not now. And likely not ever. Heady, useful players, sure. But hardly the type to bring fans out of their seats or create a buzz around the NHL. But..." September 16

  • NHLPA declines option, CBA extends to 2022

    TSN "The National Hockey League Players' Association has declined their option to re-open the collective bargaining agreement, which will now remain in effect through the 2021-2022 season. The NHL declined their option to re-open the CBA in August, leaving the the..." September 16

  • Winnipeg forward Patrik Laine to practice with SC Bern

    Swiss Hockey News "The 21-year-old restricted free agent will receive the opportunity to keep in shape with the National League team. "There is some space in our lineup, so we can offer him both team practice and extra training," Kari Jalonen tells Ilta-Sanomat, adding that he got the..." September 16

  • Fantasy: 3 risky players to gamble on

    The Score "Every year, there are players fantasy owners avoid for one reason or another. Injury concerns, inconsistency, and adjusting to a new team can all turn a once-dependable name into anything but. Despite those factors, there are always a few players with particularly uncertain futures..." September 16

  • Fantasy: 4 goalies who could become studs

    The Score "Among all the positions in hockey, there's no question goaltenders take the longest to realize their potential. With so much uncertainty in the crease, it can be tricky to land two proven netminders come fantasy draft day. Sometimes an increase in opportunity or a change of..." September 15

  • NHLPA’s Decision To Re-Open CBA Will Be Announced Monday

    Pro Hockey Rumors "After the NHL announced that they have formally declined using their opt-out clause to re-0pen the current CBA early, the NHLPA has until Sept. 15th to make their decision on whether they want to opt-out of the current agreement after the 2019-20 season. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman..." September 14

  • Patrik Laine,Kyle Connor miss first day of Jets training camp

    NHL.com "Patrik Laine and Kyle Connor remain unsigned restricted free agents and missed the first day of Winnipeg Jets training camp Friday. General manager Kevin Cheveldayoff said it's hard to put a time frame on when the forwards will be signed, but forward Blake..." September 14

  • Winnipeg Jets grant Dustin Byfuglien personal leave of absence

    Sporting News "The Winnipeg Jets have granted defenseman Dustin Byfuglien a personal leave of absence, the team announced Friday just before the start of training camp. Jets coach Paul Maurice told TSN Radio 1290 Winnipeg that there isn't a timetable..." September 13

  • Blake Wheeler admits chasing Stanley Cup took a toll last season

    TSN "After a huge step forward in 2017-18, the Winnipeg Jets were looked at as one of the favourites to win the Stanley Cup heading into last season. But the Jets put up 15 fewer points in the regular season and were bounced in the first round of the playoffs by the St. Louis Blues. In short, it was..." September 13

  • Fantasy: 5 bounce-back candidates

    The Score "The following five players disappointed last season but are primed to bounce back in 2019-20: William Nylander, C/RW, Maple Leafs Nylander never got comfortable last season. He was mired in a contract holdout well into the campaign, ultimately signing minutes before the..." September 13

  • At least three teams exploring an offer sheet for Jets’ Kyle Connor

    Sportsnet "As training camp is set to open in Winnipeg without RFA Kyle Connor, there is growing interest from other NHL teams in the two-time 30-goal scorer. Starting in June a number of teams checked in with Connor about the possibility of an offer sheet. Sportsnet has learned contact with..." September 12

  • Winnipeg Jets Extend Josh Morrissey

    Illegal Curve "Jets fans were waiting for news of a signing and while it wasn’t one they may have expected it will come as welcome news as the team announced they have extended home grown defenceman Josh Morrissey to an eight-year extension which will kick in for the 2020-21 seasons with an AAV of 6.25..." September 12

  • Could Ville Heinola Be The Jets’ Next Power Play Quarterback?

    Jets Nation "Ville Heinola has been one of the most impressive Winnipeg Jets prospects at the rookie showcase. While the rookie showcase is a small sample size, it is great to see Heinola making quite an impact. On Sunday, Heinola flexed his outstanding wrist shot and netted a goal at the rookie..." September 11

  • Fantasy: 3 aging players you can still bank on

    The Score "Age should always be a concern in fantasy, but it shouldn't deter owners from drafting certain players altogether. While most veterans experience a natural decline in production after playing for a decade or so, some remain effective well into their 30s for a variety of reasons...." September 11

  • Women officials thrilled by NHL experience

    NHL.com "Four women officials had the career opportunity of a lifetime at NHL prospect tournaments this week, and each loved every second of it.  "It's more than I could have ever imagined," said Kirsten Welsh, a first-year official. "Incredible and a dream come..." September 11

  • Jets not sweating Patrik Laine, Kyle Connor deals -- yet

    Winnipeg Sun "It’s four days from the start of training camp, and still no deals in sight for two of his top players. You’d think that would either leave Kevin Cheveldayoff with a nervous twitch or a bad temper. But the man who generally manages the Winnipeg Jets didn’t..." September 10

  • Fantasy: 5 rookies who can make an impact in 2019-20

    The Score "It's difficult to break into the NHL and contribute right away. Most players need a year or two of experience before beginning to produce consistently, though a select few make an immediate impact. Here are some rookies who will be fantasy difference-makers in their first NHL..." September 10

  • KHL To Implement Salary Cap Floor

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The KHL’s Board of Governors was busy this weekend, discussing and ultimately deciding on a number of major issues. The league approved the use of “smart puck” tracking technology, distributed television revenue to each team, and formally open up investigations into both..." September 09

  • Fantasy: 4 bust candidates who won't meet expectations

    The Score "You shouldn't completely avoid the following players in fantasy hockey this season, but they're unlikely to meet expectations relative to how high you'll have to draft them. Morgan Rielly, D, Maple Leafs Rielly finished third among NHL defensemen with 72 points..." September 09

  • Who can challenge Alex Ovechkin for NHL’s goal crown this season?

    Pro Hockey Talk "Alex Ovechkin has been the NHL’s most dominant goal-scorer from the moment he entered the league and has a chance to finish his career as the league’s all-time goal-scoring leader. Even if he doesn’t eclipse Wayne Gretzky’s mark of 894, there were still be an argument to..." September 08

  • Jets Re-Sign Eric Comrie

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Jets have re-signed one of their remaining restricted free agents though it’s not one of their big two.  Instead, the team announced that they’ve inked goaltender Eric Comrie to a two-year contract.  The deal will carry a league-minimum $700K AAV in both seasons. ..." September 08

  • In NHL first, 4 women selected to officiate prospect games

    CBC "The NHL for the first time selected four female officials to work on the ice at prospect tournaments held this weekend. Katie Guay and Kelly Cooke were selected as referees, while Kirsten Welsh and Kendall Hanley will work as linesmen, the league announced Friday. The four..." September 07

  • Why the NHL's 'no soap operas' ad totally misses the point

    USA Today "Sometimes, the NHL makes good ads. Take a look, for example, at some of their Stanley Cup hype spots and feel the chills run down your spine. Those are legitimately stirring spots that naturally draw viewers to the game. Not as successful are a current spate of digital ads the NHL is running to..." September 06

  • Fantasy: 4 players who will excel with their new team

    The Score "The 2019-20 fantasy hockey season is fast approaching, and after a summer filled with roster moves throughout the NHL, it's important to keep tabs on all the new faces in new places as you gear up for your draft. With that in mind, here are four players set to excel on their new..." September 05

  • NHLPA weighing risks of poking the bear

    TSN "To poke or not poke the bear: that is the question staring down the NHL Players’ Association as they convene here for a meeting on Wednesday evening. In this case, that bear is commissioner Gary Bettman and the NHL’s Board of Governors. The NHLPA has until Sept...." September 05

  • A way-too-early look at the NHL's 2020 RFA panic

    ESPN "This summer, the NHL was split into two camps when it came to restricted free agents and their unsigned contracts covered in nervous droplets of flop sweat from general managers: Those who believed this was the new normal, and those who believed this offseason was an anomaly. I've..." September 05

  • Donald Fehr: NHLPA hasn't discussed extending deadline for CBA decision

    The Score "Donald Fehr says it's essentially status quo after the NHLPA met Wednesday night in Chicago, and the notion of postponing the union's opt-out deadline hasn't been broached, according to TSN's Pierre LeBrun. The NHLPA's executive director said no decisions were..." September 05

  • Josh Morrissey has discussed contract extension with Jets

    Winnipeg Sun "There was no hesitation in Josh Morrissey’s voice on Wednesday. Asked if talks had begun on a new contract extension for the 24-year-old defenceman who is entering the final season of a two-year, $6.3 million deal, Morrissey volunteered that, indeed, they had. Over the..." September 04

  • Sidney Crosby tops list of best-selling jerseys from last season

    The Score "One can debate whether Sidney Crosby is still the NHL's best player, but judging by jersey sales, he's still the most popular. The Pittsburgh Penguins captain topped the list of the league's most purchased sweaters from 2018-19 after finishing second to Toronto Maple Leafs..." September 04

  • Jason Pominville and other bargain bin NHL free agents to consider

    Pro Hockey Talk "With training camps nearing, it’s not surprising that you won’t find a ton of great NHL-ready options in free agency as of Sept. 3. That’s especially true once you start crossing certain names off of the list with the help of context. Jake Gardiner’s either..." September 04

  • Pressure building in Winnipeg after quiet summer

    TSN "At the end of the 2018-19 season, the Winnipeg Jets turned their attention to what general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff called the busiest off-season of his tenure. Yet no team – for now, anyway – has had a quieter summer than the Jets. It’s a fascinating..." September 04

  • Gary Bettman elected to U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

    NHL.com "NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, the driving force behind the League's financial stability and growth since taking office 26 years ago, is among five people who will be inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame on Dec. 12, it was announced Wednesday. Former NHL players and Stanley..." September 04

  • Heated seat switched on for Jets’ Paul Maurice

    Pro Hockey Talk "It’s rare that you become the second-most active tenured coach in the NHL by mistake, but don’t tell some folks in Winnipeg that. Every position in hockey, from the ones on the ice, to those behind the bench and all the way up the hockey operations ladder, suffers from the..." August 31

  • What can we expect from Patrik Laine in 2019-20?

    Pro Hockey Talk "Patrik Laine‘s season in 2018-19 will be defined by his monumental struggle after the month of November. For context, November was a historic month for one of hockey’s most prolific snipers. It began with a hat trick — and his 100th career goal — in..." August 31

  • When will Jets sign Patrik Laine, Kyle Connor?

    Pro Hockey Talk "Let’s ponder three questions facing the Jets: 1. When will the team sign Patrik Laine and Kyle Connor? Want to dominate headlines and sports radio in a Canadian market during the offseason? Simply wait to sign a new contract. While a lot of attention has been..." August 31