Posts Tagged ‘Winnipeg Jets’

When the word “captain” is thrown around in hockey, names of stars are mentioned.  Guys like Crosby, Lidstrom, Iginla and Chara are all discussed.  Rarely brought up are blue collar guys like the captains in Phoenix and Winnipeg.

Shane Doan has been with the Winnipeg/Phoenix organization since being drafted in 1995 and was named the team’s captain in 2003.  He’s seemingly been the face of the franchise since the team moved to the desert in 1996.  Doan is in the top three of the franchise’s leaders in goals, assists and points and owns the top spot in all three categories if only Coyotes statistics are counted.

Andrew Ladd is only 25, but already has two Stanley Cup rings, 2006 with Carolina and 2010 with Chicago.  He’s also the (new) Winnipeg Jets captain.  Ladd’s played in his fourth city (third franchise) in the last five seasons.  Jets fans hope that Winnipeg is a long term stop for the left winger.

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2011-12 Preview: Winnipeg Jets

Posted: September 30, 2011 by goaliesgetmorebetches in Season Preview, Winnipeg Jets
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Jets' Goalie Ondrej Pavelec

Last season:34-36-12 80 pts, 4th Southeast, 12th Eastern Conference

Additions:Aaron Gagnon, Tanner Glass, Kendal Mcardal, Eric Fehr, Randy Jones, Derek Meech

Losses: Anthony Stewart, Radek Dvorak, Eric Boulton

Offense: Not much change on offense for the Jets, who have a dependable leader up front in Andrew Ladd. Winnipeg hopes that Brian Little can regain his scoring touch and that Blake Wheeler returns to 20 goal form. Exciting young Evander Kane is also on the verge of breaking the 20 goal threshold and this may be the season he does it. The most dramatic change that could occur up front would be moving Dustin Byfuglien back to forward, where he enjoyed great success during Chicago’s Cup run two seasons ago. Veteran Kazakhstan-born Nik Antropov will also chip in offensively. Also, look for the continued development of second year player Alexander Burmistrov, a kid with a ton of skill and potential.

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More tidbits from around the NHL and the world of hockey:

Chris Drury (Photo: Getty Images)

– Chris Drury, unable to find a new team, called it a career on Friday. Drury played 892 games in 12 NHL seasons with 4 teams (Colorado, Calgary, Buffalo, New York). He finished with 615 career points (255 goals, 360 assists) He also played internationally in 3 Olympics, 3 IIHF championship tournaments, and 1 World Cup Of Hockey. He earned 2 silver medals in the Olympics, and one bronze in IIHF competition.

– The once highly touted Fabian Brunnström has earned a tryout with The Detroit Redwings. It will be interesting to see if he can finally show some of what was expected when he came to the NHL, or if this will be his last stop.

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Sites like Ebay help fuel the collectible market.  One can find just about anything on those sites, and sometimes for dirt cheap.  Surely every hockey fan has a random collectible that they scored for a bargain, whether it’s a jersey, action figure, or autograph.  The Whalers logo is one of the most sought after, thanks to their demise in 1997.  Likewise for Quebec and (the old) Winnipeg Jets.  Those three teams’ relocation in the mid-’90s, along with kids of that era being the most proficient with the internet, years later created a certain yearning.  If the internet was around in the ’80s, hockey fans would definitely be buying Atlanta Flames, Colorado Rockies, and California Golden Seals merchandise.

Anyone willing to pay for these monstrosities?

With the Atlanta Thrashers moving to Winnipeg to become the (new) Jets, Thrashers gear is considered out of date.  NHL Shop is selling Thrashers premier jerseys for $80, which originally sold for $120.   (Authentics are on sale for $200, by the way.)  Only a $40 discount for a defunct team? Not only just for a defunct team, but Atlanta’s unis are downright ugly, consistently ranked near the bottom of the league.  But the league is trying to dump their stock of Thrashers apparel.  (Word to the wise: If you really want Thrashers gear, it might be better off to wait to see if NHL Shop slashes their prices.)

Will the Thrashers join the Whalers and Nordiques in ten years, in terms of collectibility?   (more…)

Here are some tidbits from around the NHL

Kris Draper (PHOTO: Getty Images)

– Kris Draper announced his retirement from the NHL. He is a 4 time Stanley Cup winner (1997, 1998, 2002, 2008. All with Detroit), as well as a 2004 Frank J. Selke Trophy winner. He totaled 364 points in his 19 year NHL career that spanned 1157 games. Also has 2 world junior gold, 1 world cup gold, 1 world championship gold and silver to his name with Team Canada. Congrats to him on a great career, and all the best to him in retirement!

– Nikolai Khabibulin is heading to the slammer after deciding to not appeal his 2010 DUI conviction. The lesson, being on injured reserve for a sore back, not the time to get wasted. On the bright side, 15 days is plenty of time  for him to start a prison yoga gang.

– Penguins signed Right Winger Jason Williams. A very good, underrated signing. He seems to always pop up when you need a goal, just don’t count on him all the time. He’s like Alex Kovalev…. without the huge price tag, stickhandling ability, and attitude.   (more…)

Now that the Winnipeg NHL team has reached their goal of 13,000 season tickets sold, True North Sports and Entertainment is expected to announce the team name between now and the draft.

What will the name be? Here are some possible choices:

Jets– The name of the original WHA/NHL franchise in Winnipeg until they left for Phoenix in 1996.  The Jets seem like the most popular choice among fans.  Gary Bettman also told TNSE that the league would allow them to use the name and logo if the group decides to.

Thrashers– When Calgary left Atlanta in 1980, they took the name (Flames) with them.  Winnipeg could too, but I don’t know if there are any Thrashers in Winnipeg. Highly unlikely the name travels with the team.

Moose– The Manitoba Moose, formerly of the AHL, have been in Winnipeg since the Jets left. The Moose have been popular, and it’s quite possible the NHL team could just take the name and continue the Moose tradition.

Falcons– The Winnipeg Falcons were an senior amateur team, who won the Allan Cup in 1920 and went on to represent Canada in the 1920 Olympics in Belgium, winning Gold.  Could be a nice homage to the past, like Ottawa did for the original Senators in 1992.

Chufugaboos– Thanks to a 3rd grader in Winnipeg named Joey, this name has circulated around the internet.  The Chufugaboos, with a logo of a monkey, might be a million-to-one shot, but it is still an awesome name regardless.

Phoenix– Rising from the ashes of the Jets to live again, and gives a connection to the former Winnipeg team.  Not sure about this one, as it might cause confusion (the Phoenix @ Phoenix).

Flashes (or Flash)– The city’s first team was named after Hall of Famer Bobby Hull (the Golden Jet), why can’t the new team be named after one of the best players in the past twenty years (and former Jet), Teemu Selanne.  Who knows, maybe Teemu decides one last year where his career began?

Slurpees– Winnipeg is the Slurpee Capital of the World.  No kidding.  Plus, it’d give easy corporate sponsorship with 7-11.

Which name do I like? I liked the Jets name growing up, but feel the new team should establish it’s own identity.  But I wouldn’t be mad if the Jets returned.