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Winnipeg Jets Morning Papers (Friday, Mar 30th)

Jets news: Fighting for playoff lives on the road. Time running short for stumbling Jets. Cannot coast to finish. The Race. Jets Report. Suck it up. Glass won’t mail it in. Auditions start now. Miettinen’s incredible journey.

Affiliate news – St. John’s IceCaps: Klingberg making solid transition in St. John’s.

Next opponent news – Carolina Hurricanes: Running out of time. Captain Kirk looking good in Carolina. New TV deal with Fox.

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Jets news:

TSN:  Jets fight for playoff lives on the road against Hurricanes.  The Jets had played the last 11 or 12 games with the mantra that these were playoff games and they have just run out of gas.

CBC:  Time running short for stumbling Jets.  It appears the sand had run out of the hourglass on the 2011/12 season as it is an all but a forgone conclusion that the Jets will miss the post season.  The likelihood that Washington and Buffalo stumble as badly as the Jets need them to, is next to nill.

Winnipeg Free Press:  Jets can’t coast to finishYou have to love the candor of Glass.  While many fans have switched the conversation from playoffs to high draft pick, the professional athletes that make up the Jets are not going to mail it in for the remaining 5 games, just so this team can have a better draft position.  With 7 UFA’s heading into the summer, there remain a number of players who are playing for a bigger contract, whether with the Jets or another team for next season.

Winnipeg Free Press:  The Race.    While the Jets gave all that they could, and despite not being mathematically eliminated just yet, it is essentially over for this team.  Down by 8 points with just 5 games remaining, the chances Buffalo and Washington lose their remaining games are around the same as the Jets new chances to make the post season, 0.0%.
The Race

Winnipeg Free Press:  Jets ReportSome news about the Jets, Canes and both rosters.

Winnipeg Sun:  Suck it up, JetsFive things the Jets need to do;  1 – win on the road. 2 – win a back-to-back. 3 – leaders lead the way.  4 – Nothing wrong with winning.  5 – Play Mark Flood.

Winnipeg Sun:  Glass won’t mail it inHe is a character guy on the ice and in the dressing room.  Always has a funny comment or three for the media during scrums.  You get the sense that he relishes the opportunity he has playing with the Jets.
Tanner Glass fights

Winnipeg Sun:  For Jets players, auditions start nowWith a number of pending UFA’s and recent pick ups like Clitsome there are still 5 games in which to prove your worth to this team.

Globe and Mail:  Antti Miettinen’s incredible journeyHe has not traveled from Milan to Minsk like Rochelle Rochelle, but this has been quite the adventure for the veteran Finn who has 1 more year left on his deal.

Affiliate news – St. John’s IceCaps:  Klingberg making solid transition in St. John’sThe high energy Swede is doing exactly what the Jets want of their prospects, making a solid contribution to their AHL club.

Next opponent news – Carolina Hurricanes:

News and Observer:  Penalties a minor problem for McBain.  That is quite the decrease over 1 season.  In other Canes news, Cam Ward will get the start in goal tonight and Nodl, who was out after a hit in the Jets/Canes game on the 18th isn’t yet ready to return to the ice.

News and Observer:  Running out of timeThey broke the backs and hearts of Jets fans on March 18th and despite having spent the majority of the season in the basement of the Southeast, they are just 1 point back of the Jets for 3rd in the division.  Unfortunately for Canes fans their team just didn’t have enough time left in the season in which to secure a post season bid with their recent strong play, which was just too little too late.

Kingston Whig-Standard:  Captain Kirk looking good in CarolinaBet the Montreal Canadiens are wishing they would have had a crack at getting Muller on board their sinking ship.
Kirk Muller

Triangle Business Journal:  Canes reach new TV deal with FoxGood to see the Hurrcianes continuing to thrive in Raleigh.