Note: The Jets are back on the ice today for practice as they get ready to face off against the St. Louis Blues tomorrow afternoon at the MTS Centre.
Note II: The Moose will face the Rampage tonight with puck drop at 7:30 pm. Manitoba will look to avoid starting a new losing streak against the bottom dwelling San Antonio.
Sportsnet: Winnipeg Jets mid-season report cards. As one might expect it isn’t too rosy a picture here in Peg’ city with this assessment.
The Hockey News: Promising Jets going nowhere until they shore up their goaltending. I don’t agree with the idea that the Jets haven’t drafted well when it comes to goalies. Hellebuyck, Comrie and Phillips are all nice options between the pipes and all were drafted by Winnipeg. You could argue that Hellebuyck was rushed but he is still long term likely to be a solid goalie for the Jets. In fact, InGoal Magazine which evaluates goalies, had Hellebuyck and Comrie in their top five of goalie prospects.
Winnipeg Sun: Paul’s Notebook. This article includes: 1) Maurice doesn’t have it easy. 2) Copp’s promotion. 3) Ondrej so-so. 4) Finding humour in first goal against Pavelec.
Winnipeg Free Press: History lesson from 1979 Jets shows how a coach ‘loses a room’. (Paywall). As a former NHLer Scott speaks from the experience of someone who has been in this type of environment.
Illegal Curve: Can Nikolaj Ehlers give the Winnipeg Jets more? This isn’t about what the dynamic Dane can do when he has the puck but instead what he does when it isn’t on his stick.
TSN 1290 Winnipeg: Jets taking too many bad, easy, odd goals. Tim Campbell of NHL.com joins Hustler & Lawless to discuss the Winnipeg Jets’ recent struggles, Ondrej Pavelec being called up, and how their goaltending conundrum makes expansion preparation tricky.
TSN 1290 Winnipeg: Cullen expected Jets goalies to be better. Scott Cullen of TSN.ca discusses the Winnipeg Jets fall in his power rankings and Ondrej Pavelec’s return to the NHL.
TSN 1290 Winnipeg: Pavelec return a great story for Jets. Play-by-play man Paul Edmonds joined the Big Show after the Winnipeg Jets took down the Coyotes 6-3 to talk a much needed victory, the swap of Nikolaj Ehlers for Andrew Copp by Paul Maurice and why Ondrej Pavelec’s 30 save performance wasn’t perfect but provided positive vibes for the club.
Illegal Curve: Manitoba makes three roster moves. They added a goalie, subtracted a goalie and also re-added a forward who had previously played for them. Will be interesting to see how Phillips handles the transition to the AHL.
Winnipeg Free Press: Jets prospect Poolman not worried about future. (Paywall). Mike had a good chat with the Jets prospect. The Jets cannot afford to lose out on adding defensive depth in the organization when the opportunity presents itself.
NHL This Week:
Topics: Jets-Coyotes Recap, Ondrej Pavelec and the Jets goaltending plan for the remainder of the season, New York Islanders fire Jack Capuano as Head Coach, First Edition of TSN’s Trade Bait Board, Playoff Race Discussion
Guests: Mike Halford (Co-lead writer/editor, NBC’s Pro Hockey Talk, KB Radio on TSN 1040 Vancouver), John Forslund (Play by Play broadcaster Carolina Hurricanes, Fox Sports, NBC)