Random Thoughts On The Winnipeg Jets: May 22

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 or is it the 8Ps?  You’ve been warned. [Read more…]

Random Thoughts On The Winnipeg Jets: Jan. 17

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:  The Winnipeg Jets won their only game this past week, defeating Detroit 3-0 in a solid road win.   This win keeps them within striking distance of the final wildcard spot in the Western Conferfence.  This was a huge win with the Jets heading out on a four-game road trip next week with games against four very tough teams.  With games in Washington, Nashville, Boston, and Pittsburgh this could be a season defining road trip and I would think four points is a must.  Right now the Jets record sits at 17-12-5 and they are 3 points out of the last wildcard position.    [Read more…]

Random Thoughts On The Winnipeg Jets: Sept. 20

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:  They Jets opened their pro mini-camp on Thursday with their main camp officially starting this Thursday.  

2. Jets:  Update for Jets fans wanting to attend training camp, the IcePlex will be open to watch practice but there are rules. 

There is no actual entry allowed into the rinks but you can watch from the common area and social distancing will be required and enforced.  Before you get pissed off at the IcePlex or the Jets this is not a team rule but an NHL rule.

3. JetsCatching up on some older Jets news, the Jets put Joona Luoto on unconditional waivers to terminate his contract.  I never understood his signing from day one.  Luoto was a bottom six forward in a weak league in Finland but he was going to be a NHLer?

4. Jets:  First day of camp and Paul Maurice announces this.  I hope I’m not reading too much into it.   

5. NHL:  The NHL sent a memo updating vaccination requirements to its teams:

“Any person whose job, role, position or access entails or entitles them to have personal interactions (within 12 feet) with Club Hockey Operations personnel (including Players) are required to be Fully Vaccinated.”  

The first thought that came to mind was why is everybody involved with the teams required to be vaccinated with the exception of the players?  This makes ZERO sense to me.  Then this got me wondering if I would want to know which players on my team weren’t vaccinated and how I would feel about them if I knew? 

Would you want to know the vaccination status of your favourite teams players and would it change how you feel about them?

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6. Jets:  The Jets might have the deepest defenceman prospect pool in the NHL with players like Ville Heinola, Dylan Samberg,  Johnathan Kovacevic, Leon Gawanke, Declan Chisholm, Nelson Nogier and lets not forget about Sami Niku.  The Manitoba Moose are definitely solid on the back end for the upcoming 2021-22 season.

UPDATE:

On Monday afternoon, Sami ​Niku placed in waivers to terminate contract.

7. Jets:  Upcoming events.

Sept. 23 – Main camp opens. 

Sept. 26 – First pre-season game vs Ottawa.

Oct. 13 – First regular-season game at Anaheim.

Oct. 21 – Home opener vs Anaheim.

8. Jets:  I have a funny feeling Evgeny Svechnikov is going to be the steal of the off-season for the Winnipeg Jets or maybe I’m just hoping he is.   

9. Jets:  Going into camp most Winnipeg Jets fans think this is the biggest talking point.

Will Eric Comrie last the seaon as Jets back-up goalie?

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10. CFL:  The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are 6-1 and definitely the class of the CFL to date but I don’t think they’ve even started playing their best football yet.  I don’t think they have had a game where all three phases of their game were on point and lets not get into their kicking game.

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Why The Winnipeg Jets Were Winners On Deadline Day

The Jets stood pat and did nothing at the NHL Trade Deadline — but is that really a bad thing?

On the weekend, I wrote an article where I said I suspected the Jets might be buyers at the deadline and listed five players I thought they should go after.  Two of those five players ended up being moved, but neither of them to Winnipeg.  In fact, the Jets didn’t make a single move.  But was it really wise to do NOTHING when you’re a hockey club on the cusp of making the playoffs?  Perhaps some added players can push you into the playoffs?  Once you’re at the dance, can’t anything happen? While this is all true, GM Kevin Cheveldayoff made the right decision to stay idle on Monday. [Read more…]

2018 Winnipeg Jets Draft Recap

Winnipeg Jets 2018 NHL Entry Draft Selections – 

The Winnipeg Jets made a total of six selections at the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, picking three centres, two defencemen and a goalie.  The Jets were without a 1st round pick (Paul Stastny trade) and did not have a selection in the fourth round.  They had two fifth-round picks. Despite rumblings of a trade in the works, the Jets remained quiet and steady, adding depth to the prospect pool with this draft.

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