Ondrej Pavelec’s new mask pays tribute to Bruce Springsteen

Jared Clinton
Ondrej Pavelec's new mask features Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band (via DaveArt/Facebook)

When you think about Winnipeg’s music scene, names like The Guess Who, Neil Young or even The Weakerthans might come to mind. But Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec had a different idea for his new mask.

Instead of going with homegrown music icons, Pavelec’s new mask will pay homage to a group of rock legends, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. The mask, painted by David Gunnarson of DaveArt, features photos of Springsteen from just about every generation of his illustrious career. Read more

Jets continue adding scoring depth/experience in trade with Rangers for winger Lee Stempniak

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Lee Stempniak (Jared Silber/NHL)

With the NHL trade deadline less than 24 hours away, the Winnipeg Jets continued tinkering with their lineup, adding veteran right winger Lee Stempniak from the very busy New York Rangers Sunday in exchange for right winger Carl Klingberg.

Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff pulled off a trade for former Hurricanes winger Jiri Tlusty on Wednesday, and the deal for Stempniak mirrors that pattern insofar as there’s not a huge upside or downside to it. Read more

THN Trade Deadline preview: Central Division

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As of Wednesday night, there is no division in the league that boasts more teams on the brink of the playoffs Central Division and that could have a major impact on the trade deadline action throughout the division. The Minnesota Wild made a major move in landing Devan Dubnyk in December and made another splash when they landed Sean Bergenheim from the Florida Panthers, so it will be interesting to see if the Winnipeg Jets – currently holding on for dear life to one of the West’s wild-card spots – answers back.

St. Louis, Chicago and Nashville are all probably done aside from minor deals and Colorado and Dallas are right in the middle – they could be buyers and they could be sellers. Don’t be shocked if the Central is the quietest of the four divisions at the deadline. Read more

Jets land Tlusty from Hurricanes, Maple Leafs deal Winnik to Penguins

Jiri Tlusty (Bruce Kluckhohn/Getty Images)

At this rate, there won’t be any trades left for deadline day.

The Winnipeg Jets announced Wednesday afternoon they have acquired Jiri Tlusty from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for a third-round pick 2016 in and a conditional fifth-round selection – which could become a sixth-round pick – in 2015.

Minutes before the Jets announced their acquisition of Tlusty, the Pittsburgh Penguins acquired Daniel Winnik from the Toronto Maple Leafs. For Winnik, the Maple Leafs received a second-round selection in 2016, fourth-round pick in 2015 and winger Zach Sill. Read more

Jets’ Perreault sidelined for remainder of regular season

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Mathieu Perreault (Lance Thomson/Getty Images)

One of the players the Jets could least afford to lose, Mathieu Perreault, is “likely” sidelined for the remainder of the regular season.

Perreault, 27, has been a standout for Winnipeg this season and was on pace for the best offensive season of his career. In 56 games, Perreault had registered 18 goals –tying his career best mark set in 2013-14 – and 36 points. The injury, sustained Monday against the Edmonton Oilers, came after Jeff Petry checked Perreault. Read more

Blake Wheeler scores shootout goal, dekes Oilers goalie Viktor Fasth out of game with an injury

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Blake Wheeler (Lance Thomson/NHLI via Getty Images)

Jets right winger Blake Wheeler is one of Winnipeg’s top point-producers this season. And against the Oilers Monday night, he produced not only a shootout goal, but an injury to Edmonton goalie Viktor Fasth.

The teams remained tied after overtime in Winnipeg when Wheeler skated in on Fasth for the home side’s first shootout shot. The 28-year-old stickhandles a number of times, and Fasth lunged out to his right in a failed attempt to stop the puck, injuring himself in the process: Read more

“Nice try, chump” – Dustin Byfuglien is all about good sportsmanship and encouragement

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Dustin Byfuglien (Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images)

As one of the better players on the ice whenever he sets foot on it, Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien is a constant target for opponents. And on Monday night against the Oilers, he easily shook off an opponent who took a healthy run at him – and then responded verbally with a memorable, if unimaginative smackdown.

Oilers left winger Ryan Hamilton was the opponent who played the body on Byfuglien, curling around the net before throwing his shoulder at the Winnipeg star on a dump-in. Hamilton is no small package at 6-foot-2 and 219 pounds, but he barely moved the 6-foot-5, 265-pound Jets blueliner into the end boards. And he certainly didn’t do enough damage to stop Byfuglien from immediately taunting him: (video from streamable via reddit user Grizzy19) Read more

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