Why there’s no reason for Winnipeg Jets fans to panic

Jared Clinton
Paul Maurice (Marianne Helm/Getty Images)

You’ll have to forgive Winnipeg Jets fans if they’re not the most comfortable heading into tonight’s game with the Edmonton Oilers.

The team has won just three of their past ten games and are 3-5-2 since the all-star break. They’ve been outscored 15-17 over that time and now have three teams within eight points of them in the Western Conference wild-card race. Heading into the break only one squad, the Los Angeles Kings, were that close. To make matters worse, Minnesota and Los Angeles have three games in hand, and the Stars, eight points back of Winnipeg, have played two fewer than Winnipeg.

So, for good reason, there has been some panic from Jets faithful. Could it be that this season, one that seemed destined for at least a pair of playoff games at the MTS Centre, is doomed to end with the Jets on the outside looking in?

Keep calm, Jets fans, because there’s a lot less reason to worry than you might think. Read more

Michael Hutchinson the latest victim of Byfuglien videobomb

Jared Clinton
Dustin Byfuglien peers out from behind Michael Hutchinson (JetsTV)

Last week, Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien provided the NHL with one of its more lighthearted moments when he made a point of videobombing the Nashville Predators radio crew. Well, ‘Big Buff’ is at it again.

Following Winnipeg’s 5-4 shootout victory over the Detroit Red Wings, goaltender Michael Hutchinson was being interviewed by JetsTV when Byfuglien walked by with that same look in his eye he had when he videobombed the Predators’ crew. Seconds later, Byfuglien was back in frame, hiding behind Hutchinson and peeking out either side, mugging for the camera. Read more

Jets prospect Nikolaj Ehlers switches handedness with must-see moves

Josh Elliott
Nikolaj Ehlers

The Hockey News scouting report on Nikolaj Ehlers describes him as “supremely skilled and talented with the puck, able to create plays and finish on his own.”

Maybe it’s time we add “with either hand” to the end of that description.

The left-shot, left wing Dane put on an incredible show against the QMJHL’s Shawinigan Cataractes on Friday, switching handedness in the middle of heavy traffic in the neutral zone.

Yes, Ehlers switched handedness, as in suddenly started playing as a right-shot forward.
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Canadiens dangling Eller, Emelin, while Jets search for winger

Lars Eller

The Montreal Canadiens suffered a 4-3 overtime loss at the hands of the Edmonton Oilers Thursday night and remain in a tie for first place in the Atlantic Division with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

But things aren’t as good as they seem in Montreal. At 5-on-5, Montreal has the 21st worst Corsi For percentage, even behind teams like Carolina, Ottawa and Florida in the rankings. Montreal has been largely buoyed by the play of netminder Carey Price, who has been nothing short of outstanding this season. As they head towards the playoffs, however, the Canadiens are looking to improve. Read more

Dustin Byfuglien hilariously videobombs Predators’ radio crew

Jared Clinton
Dustin Byfuglien (Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images)

Dustin Byfuglien is in the midst of one of the best seasons of his career, but that doesn’t mean he can’t find time to have a little fun.

During the Winnipeg Jets’ Thursday morning practice in Nashville, Byfuglien saw Predators’ radio broadcasters Willy Daunic and Brent Peterson breaking down some injuries before Nashville’s tilt with the Jets. So Byfuglien videobombed them by creeping slowly into frame and staring right down the barrel of the camera. It’s amazing. Read more

Watch Pekka Rinne use his mask to rob Bryan Little

Jared Clinton
Pekka Rinne (John Russel/Getty Images)

Pekka Rinne has been the best goaltender in the NHL this season. Part of staying at the top of the league is using whatever you have available to stop the puck, and Rinne did exactly that against the Winnipeg Jets Thursday.

With Winnipeg on the power play and the Predators clinging to a 2-1 lead, the Jets moved the puck around the zone with ease before it ended up on the tape of Mathieu Perreault. Perreault’s shot ricocheted off the pads of Rinne and went right to Bryan Little, who had half the net to shoot at. Out of nowehere, Rinne came across and stopped Little’s blast – with his mask. Read more

Jets/Sabres blockbuster: Who are the prospects in the trade?

Matt Larkin
Joel Armia. (Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)

Evander Kane!

Tyler Myers!

Zach Bogosian!

Drew Stafford!

Connor McDavid!

Shock and awe! Wednesday’s blockbuster between the Winnipeg Jets and Buffalo Sabres was among the biggest in-season swaps in years. The average fan has a strong sense of what Buffalo received in Kane and Bogosian and what Winnipeg has in Myers and Stafford. But what about the other names involved in the trade? Here’s a scouting report on each.

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The five biggest blockbuster trades in the past five years

Tyler-Seguin

Forget unbelievable goals, huge hits and incredible saves. There is nothing that gets the hockey world buzzing like a big trade.

Wednesday morning the Winnipeg Jets and Buffalo Sabres teamed up for one of the biggest trades in recent memory, a blockbuster deal that sent Evander Kane, Zach Bogosian and a prospect to Buffalo in exchange for Tyler Myers, Drew Stafford, two prospects and a draft pick. It was a monster deal that went from a rumor to huge news in the span of hours.

In today’s salary cap world, it’s not the type of trade you see often and that’s why when a mammoth deal goes down it’s nearly enough to shutdown Twitter, if only temporarily. Read more