Random Thoughts On The Winnipeg Jets: June 6

Mitch Kasprick is the “Motown Curmudgeon” aka “Motown Mitch”

Odds and Ends, Thoughts and Questions, from this past week in hockey –

Just so there’s no confusion when I’m spewing my bias, I am a fan of the Winnipeg Jets, Arizona Coyotes, Manitoba Moose, Winnipeg Ice, and all Team Canada Hockey teams.

I am NOT a fan of Gary Bettman or as I call him, Count Chocula.  I am a big believer in the 7Ps. You’ve been warned.

1. Jets:  I’m feeling lazy this week so I’m borrowing a lot of my thoughts from Twitter. 

2. NHL Everybody thought the 8-6 score in game 1 of the Colorado/Edmonton series was so awesome but I thought it was some of the worst playoff hockey I’ve ever witnessed.  If this is Gary Bettman’s idea of playoff hockey, he can keep it.

 

3. Jets:  Not for me Hank.

4. NHL:  My weekly analysis (bitching) about NHL officiating.   

This has happened far too many times this season.  How does a guy get to stay in a game when everybody and their brother knew there was going to be supplemental discipline.     

5. Jets:  With all the talk about who is on the Winnipeg Jets radar for their coaching vacancy the name Scott Arniel’s name has come up, so it got me thinking that some of the younger Jets fans might not know this little story. 

Scott Arniel played with Dale Hawerchuk on the Cornwall Royal when the Royals won back-to-back Memorial Cups in 1979-80 and 1980-81.  The Winnipeg Jets drafted Dale Hawerchuk 1st overall after the 2nd championship in 1980-81.  John Ferguson was the Jets’ GM at the time and he promised Scott Arniel if he was available when the Jets drafted in the 2nd round he would select him.

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Well, he was available and Fergy kept his promise and selected him with the 1st pick in the second round, 22nd overall and the rest is history.

FYI, most hockey fans forget there was another pretty good hockey player on that team named Doug Gilmour.

Go to HockeyDB.com and look at Arniel’s numbers, they were very good and he was 60 points behind Dale that season. 

6. JetsAccording to Jeff Marek the Winnipeg Jets have spoken to Rick Tocchet but I’m not sure what “spoken to” actually means? 

Hey Rick, this is Chevy, would you be interested in coaching the Jets?”  OR, was there actually a formal interview?

Also, Elliotte Friedman says to keep an eye on St. Louis assistant coach Jim Montgomery if the Jets are out on Barry Trotz.

7. Jets:  The Trotz watch –

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8. NHL:  Remember how Mark Scheifele was given a 4-game suspension and was vilified by the media, local and abroad for his split-second late hit on Jake Evans? 

The NHL’s DOPS has been very lenient handing out piddly ass little fines this playoff season and only a 1-game suspension on a much more egregious hit by Evander Kane on Nazem Kadri than Mark Scheifele’s hit on Jake Evans a year earlier.  And people ask me why I hate Gary Bettman?  I hate his guts and that weasel hates the fact that he had no choice but to let Winnipeg back into the NHL in 2011 and he passive-aggressively tries to screw us every chance he gets. 

HTF does Scheif get 4-games on a bang-bang play and Evander Kane only gets 1-game on a much worse hit where he had total control of what he was doing as well as the play being right in front of him.  This is another reason why I hate that f’n weasel Bettman.  

The #1 thing on my bucket list is to cold-cock that POS right in the face before I croak.

9. Jets:  I’ve never understood the logic or the obligation to cheer for another team once my team has been eliminated from the playoffs.  Once the Jets are eliminated the rest of them can all take a flying f@*k. 

Then there are fans that think we should be cheering for Edmonton because they’re the last Canadian team playing.  Ya, right, I’d rather stick an ice pick in my left eye than cheer for those inbreds.  I cheer for whatever is best for my playoff pools and I use the word cheer very loosely here, more like observe.

10. Jets:  My weekly question for Kevin Cheveldayoff or Mark Chipman.

Do you have any thoughts on how you are going to use the extra 1st-round pick you acquired in the Andrew Copp trade?  Would you use it to trade up in the draft, or package both your 1st-round picks and a prospect like Ville Heinola and do a blockbuster for a true #1 defenceman, or just use the picks and re-stock the shelves?   

11. Jets: Now that the season is over, what would you like to see TNSE do with the Winnipeg Jets?

Your wishes for this off-season for the Winnipeg Jets?

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GM Kevin Cheveldayoff has been extended for THREE more seasons as the Winnipeg Jets General Manager so he is safe from your wrath.

12. Important Dates:  

July 7: First round of the 2022 NHL Entry Draft at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

July 8: The second through seventh rounds.

July 6:  UFA/RFA courting period starts.

July 13: The signing period for RFA and UFA free agents will begin at 11 am MB time.

August 9:  U20 WHC starts in Edmonton and runs until Aug.20.

13. NHL:  By the way GARY, before you start promising NHL Entry Drafts and All-Star Games to other cities how about giving us back the draft you owe us from 1996 when you conspired with your buddy Steven Gluckstern and railroaded the Winnipeg Jets out of town to Phoenix.

For those of you too young to remember, Winnipeg was going to host the 1996 NHL Entry Draft but it was moved to St. Louis after Count Chocula sold us out. 

If Bettman tried and fought 1/10 as hard to keep the Jets in Winnipeg in 1996 as he fought to keep the Coyotes in the desert the past 25 years we would have never lost our team.  That is the main reason why I hate Gary Bettman’s guts.  (see #8) 

14. Jets:  Every off-season I get my hopes up that Chevy will make a big trade or signing that really moves the needle and I must admit I was pretty excited by the Nate Schmidt and Brendan Dillon trades last summer although they didn’t move the needle at all.

This off-season should be different though.  Where have we heard this before?  Chevy has so much trade bait it’s scary.  The Jets have two 1st-round draft picks, a surplus of NHL-ready defencemen, and possibly a disgruntled center on a bargain contract with term.  I’m not getting my hopes up for a big move at the NHL Entry Draft a month from now but something BIG should happen this summer ……….. or maybe not.  Stay tuned for Part 3, “The Summer of Chevy”.    

15. Jets:  As of today there is still no word on Barry Trotz so for those of you that may have missed it I wrote this article last week about why hiring Trotz might not be as easy as you would think.  Click HERE.

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Comments

  1. Dave Smith says

    I’d trade Adam Lowry. At present he’s overpaid for what he does and more importantly the term is 4 years left.
    Performance at the WC aside 3.25 AAV for a third line center that has trouble finishing is too much. Trade him while his value is high.
    Or give him more skill on the wings.

    • Mitch Kasprick says

      Hi Dave … thanks for dropping by …. I like #17 basically because we don’t have a lot of big forwards … it’s the Lowry, PLD types that usually show their value in the post-season. I’m not thrilled about that 3.25 AAV either but that’s the price of doing business in Winnipeg … sad but true

  2. I’m with you 100% on #9. I want only the Jets to break the long streak of no Canadian Stanley cup champ.

    • Mitch Kasprick says

      Hi Dennis … thanks for reading … I hope I live long enough to see the day the Jets break the Canadian SC drought.

  3. Regarding 5 and 6. I go back MANY years with Scott Arniel and he became one of my favorite people in all of hockey. One thing that consistently earned my respect is that he always took a few seconds to think and then presented a well considered answer to almost any question I saw given to him. He never fell back on the simple cliches who the pat answers that many media had half written before giving him the chance to respond. Excellent candidate.

    And Montgomery is an interesting one. I remember him in his season with the Manitoba Moose. He can diagnose both teams and the officiating all in a 2 minute stint in the penalty box. The first time I ever watched him do it I was absolutely speechless. I would love to sit in on an interview of him for the coaching position

    • Mitch Kasprick says

      Thanks for stopping by EV … Scott Arniel wouldn’t be a bad choice IMO … there is talk that even if Barry Trotz does accept the Jets coaching position that Arniel could still be hired … I believe Scott was an associate coach with Trotz in Washington. I’m getting tired of waiting but the dominos will start falling soon.

  4. George Bain says

    Hey Mitch putting on your scouting hat who would you pick at number 1 in this years Entry draft? From what I have read Wright, Slafkovsky, and Cooley are highly rated.

  5. Hi Mitch…Now that you’ve told us how you really feel about Bettman, I’d like to weigh in on #8. I think Scheif could of slowed up, but I think he was beyond pissed off and put his emotions in control. His subsequent suspension of 4 games was excessive, and I suspect the ex Hab Perros did what ever he could to make Scheif pay. Who the hell put that knuckle dragging ectoplasmic byproduct in charge of player safety???
    Now that the Avs and Lightning are in the final dance, I really don’t care who wins…Stamkos continues to impress me and he is the poster boy for leadership qualities. As the various series played out, I am convinced the Lightning are built for longevity and are well coached. Their aggressive play was relentless and stymied any chance the Rangers had.
    Thanks for reading …cheers.

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