Random Thoughts On The Winnipeg Jets: Sept. 12

Mitch Kasprick is now the “Westdale curmudgeon” 

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:  We’re in the second week of Sept and I’m surprised how quiet it is around the Winnipeg Jets.  I think we all sense something will eventually happen, but I guess Chevy is waiting for NHL camps to open and get a feel for other teams’ needs.  For me, this is a little risky and it seems like he is playing chicken with the other GMs BUT conversely, it could also lead to a better deal the longer he waits.

2. Jets:  I’m still a little concerned for Dylan Samberg and Ville Heinola because they are still waiver-exempt and I’d hate to see them sent down to the Manitoba Moose just because of convenience.  Johnathan  Kovacevic and  Leon Gawanke have to clear waivers to be reassigned to the AHL so the plot thickens.  The glut of extra defenceman could carry on early into the regular season before Chevy makes a move.  Everybody knows Chevy is patient to a fault and he will not give prospects away for anything.

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3. Jets:

How many games will backup goalie David Rittch start?

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4. Jets:  Call me crazy but I think Sam Gagne was brought in to put a little heat on Cole Perfetti for the second-line winger job.

5. Jets:  Well it’s blatantly obvious that Chevy isn’t making any roster decisions on his over-abundance of defenceman until Rick Bowness sees them live and in action during camp and in pre-season games.

6. Jets:  We keep hearing the name Sonny Milano out there as a very affordable option for the Jets and other NHL teams and it makes me wonder why he is still unsigned.  I’ve always thought he was a decent player but in all honestly, I couldn’t tell you much about his overall game or off-ice habits.  

7. Jets:  Since the Jets have hired Sara Orlesky as their new spin doctor she better get to spinning because the Jets fan base is wondering WTF is going on?

8. Jets:  My weekly question for Kevin Cheveldayoff or Mark Chipman or Rick Bowness.

Are the Jets planning on bringing in players on PTOs or are we just gifting jobs to the incumbents?

9. Jets:  My buddy Ben that lives in Alberta is a monster Jets fan and he texts me every single day and says “c’mon Chevy do something FFS”.  The funny thing is he’s not alone, there are tens of thousands of Jets fans saying the exact same thing every day. 

I guess the fish are still biting at the cottage. 

10. NHL:  I actually like Tim Stutzle as an up-and-coming NHL player but what has he done to rate an eight-year $66, 800,000 deal coming straight out of his ELC contract?  This is the biggest contract in Sen’s history with an 8,350,000 AAV.  WOW      

11. Jets:  What do you think of Chevy’s work this offseason?  

Are you happy with Chevy's work so far this off-season?

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12. Important Dates:  

September 14:  Winnipeg Jets rookie camp.

September 16-19:   Young Stars Classic in Penticton, BC. 

September 22:  Winnipeg Jets main camp opens.

Game 1:   Winnipeg vs Edmonton Fri, Sept. 16 4:00pm PT
Game 2:  Calgary vs Vancouver Fri, Sept. 16 7:30pm PT
Game 3:  Calgary vs Edmonton Sat, Sept. 17 7:30pm PT
Game 4:  Vancouver vs Winnipeg Sun, Sept. 18 2:00pm PT
Game 5:  Winnipeg vs Calgary Mon, Sept. 19 11:00am PT
Game 6:  Vancouver vs Edmonton Mon, Sept. 19 2:30pm PT

September 24:  Winnipeg Jets Fanfest.

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