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Jets news: 3 best trades for Winnipeg ahead of deadline. Looking for a new label. Yummy, healthy food for players. City of horrors for Jets. Winnipeg Jets know Penguins can be beaten. How will Winnipeg Jets measure up to mighty Penguins?

Jets affiliate and prospect news: Red-hot Gagnon, O’Dell power IceCaps to victory. Scheifele helps Colts sweep in first round.

Jets opposition (Penguins) news: Penguins go all in and acquire Jarome Iginla. New defenseman Murray’s game — keep the hits coming. Kris Letang goes on injured reserve. The Hart Trophy front-runner Is Sid better than ever?

NHL news: Chance at elusive Cup ring deciding factor in Iginla’s move to Pittsburgh. Coyotes on the move? Jarome Iginla deal falls apart. Geeks no more, ‘capologists’ become integral part of any trade. Eastern conference standings tease ratings gold for the CBC. Red Wings, Sens lead NHL in games lost to injury.

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Jets news:

CBC:  3 best trades for Winnipeg ahead of deadline.  Would you like to see Ribeiro setting up Kane?

Winnipeg Free Press:  Looking for a new labelThe Jets are masters of their own destiny for the remainder of the season and if things play out as expected they don’t even need to play spectacular hockey to get to the playoffs.

Winnipeg Free Press:  Yummy, healthy food for playersA little information on the way in which players prepare for games.

Winnipeg Sun:  How will Winnipeg Jets measure up to mighty PenguinsThere is a huge debate as to what coach Noel should do tonight in terms of which goalie to start.  Some believe this would be the perfect game to give Pavelec his first night off since the first week of March believing the Jets have little chance to beat the Pens.  As well you could save him for the more important game against the Hurricanes on Saturday at the MTS Centre.   Others would suggest that with Pavelec in goal, the Jets have best chance to get some all important points to solidify their hold on the Southeast.  Update:  It will be Montoya in net tonight.  Read more with Ezzy’s preview.
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Winnipeg Sun:  City of horrors for JetsA long history of losing for the combined Thrashers and Jets franchise in the Steel city.  Can the Jets end that streak in addition to the Penguins 13 game winning streak?  Stay tuned to find out.

Winnipeg Sun:  Winnipeg Jets know Penguins can be beatenThe Jets know better than to try and play a run and gun style with Pittsburgh.  Expect them to try and grind down the Penguins with a greasy goal or two to give them a chance for the win.

Globe and Mail:  52+ points or bustBased on Mirtle’s math the Jets need to simply play .500 hockey for the stretch run to get into the playoffs.  Considering they have been playing .600+ hockey over their last 10 games, this shouldn’t prove too tall a task.

USA Today:  Buyer or seller?  Team-by-team look at trade deadlineKevin Allen looks at all 30 NHL teams and labels the Jets as neither buyers or sellers but as traders.

Jets affiliate and prospect news:

IceCaps official site:  Red-hot Gagnon, O’Dell power IceCaps to victoryJust when it looks like the IceCaps season was over, they start ripping off some wins.  The strong play of Eric O’Dell who has scored in six straight games (an IceCaps record) and has recorded 25 goals (also an IceCaps record) is helping propel this team forward although they still have a huge mountain (10 points back of 8th spot) to climb.  Colts down Frontenacs to sweep first-round matchupMark Scheifele helped lead his team to a four game sweep in the first-round.  He finished last night with one goal and two assists.

Jets opposition (Penguins) news:

Pittsburgh Tribune:  Penguins go all in and acquire Jarome IginlaBefore Calgary GM Jay Feaster broke the news that Iggy was off to Pittsburgh it was being reported that Iginla was going to Boston.  About 40 minutes after the 1st “official” trade report of Iginla to the Bruins, Feaster held a presser wherein he announced that they had in fact traded Iginla to Pittsburgh.  A wild night.  The Pens are certainly going all-in to try and win their second Stanley Cup in five years.  EA Sports put out this image.
Iginla switcheroo

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:  New defenseman Murray’s game — keep the hits comingA big rugged presence which will add some sand paper for what many in Pittsburgh expect to be a long post season.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:  Kris Letang goes on injured reserveDoesn’t appear to be too serious although he will obviously not be playing tonight against the Jets.

Winnipeg Free Press:  The Hart Trophy front-runner Is Sid better than everHe is playing inspired hockey right now and with the cast of characters around him that GM Ray Shero has provided, should be able to do some significant damage in the post-season.  This could be Gary’s best ever ending to one of his columns.
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NHL news:

Globe and Mail:  Chance at elusive Cup ring deciding factor in Iginla’s move to PittsburghWhile there appear to be a number of Canadian teams headed for the post-season, you can expect many fans to become quasi Pens fans once their team get eliminated.  Much like Ray Bourque did when he left Boston for Colorado, you have to think many NHL fans (aside from those in Philadelphia and Boston) would be happy to see a great ambassador for the game win the Stanley Cup. Eric Duhatschek offers up his thoughts on the move.

Boston Globe:  Jarome Iginla deal falls apartTaking a look at the deal from the Boston perspective.  Coyotes on the moveRelocation could throw a wrench in the realignment plans if the Yotes were to move to an Eastern location like Quebec City.  While rumours of their demise have been many, the situation cannot remain unresolved any longer.  Of course Glendale City Council just hired a new firm to help find a new arena management firmMight be too little too late in the desert.

Globe and Mail:  Geeks no more, ‘capologists’ become integral part of any tradeInteresting to read about the roles many assistant GMs take on with their teams.

Globe and Mail:  Eastern conference standings tease ratings gold for the CBCFour Canadian teams in the East, all with very good chances to make it to the playoffs.  Could make for some intriguing 1st round match-ups.

Globe and Mail:  Red Wings, Sens lead NHL in games lost to injuryAmazingly both these teams remain in the thick of the playoff race in their respective conferences.  A testament to the coaching ability of Mike Babcock and Paul MacLean.

NHL Mid-Week with Illegal Curve Replay:
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ReplayInterview with Mike Colligan of The Hockey Writers.  Assessing Jacob Trouba’s options (to turn pro, or return to the NCAA).  Interview with Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News.  The firing of Guy Boucher and hiring of Jon Cooper.

The Moose head to B.C. today where they will begin four games on the road starting on Friday with the Canucks (of Abbotsford).

Their lineup will be bolstered by the addition of Dominic Toninato who passed through waivers on Wednesday.

The Jets take their act on the road starting with a game tomorrow night in St. Louis against the Blue.

The Moose will be in Abbotsford for a practice on Thursday as they get ready to kick off four away from Manitoba.

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Some Jets talk via the Jets Setting podcast with @Ted_Wyman & @ScottBilleck

The pair discuss the return of Paul Maurice, the impact of Rick Bowness and attendance at games.

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