This weekend and into this week, the Prairies were shaken to their very core by three hockey men saying they didn’t really like going to Winnipeg on road trips because it’s dark (it is dark), it’s cold (it is cold), and the hotel wi-fi is substandard (unresolved). The Jets mostly declined official comment on the…
Ahead of the San Jose Sharks’ trip to Winnipeg on Sunday, NBC Sports California tweeted a video that appears to be culled from a larger one asking Sharks players their least favorite road trip destination. Three players—forward Tomas Hertl and defensemen Justin Braun and Tim Heed—picked Winnipeg, and explained why:
It all started so well for the Wild, with two goals in the first 14 minutes on the road in Winnipeg. And then the Jets started scoring, and wouldn’t stop scoring, and wouldn’t even pause to let Minnesota have another.
Winnipeg Jets center Matt Hendricks and defenseman Dustin Byfuglien have both been dealing with minor injuries, a foot problem and a “soft-tissue issue,” respectively. Their rehab of choice this week involved taking advantage of a mandatory off-day to head out on British Columbia’s Fraser River and catch a 600-pound…
The Penguins and Jets came into Wednesday night’s game with beef. When these teams last met, on Feb. 16, the Jets were incensed by an Evgeni Malkin hit to the head of Blake Wheeler. Watch it here and decide for yourself, but the NHL decided it did not warrant any further discipline beyond Malkin’s two-minute…
Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien is listed at 6-foot-5, 260 pounds, and depending on the time of year, even that might be severely underselling it. The point is you don’t want to be in his way when his brakes go out.
Jacob Trouba’s shoulder cracked Mark Stone’s face and knocked the Senators forward out of the game—drawing just a two-minute minor penalty, to the dismay of Ottawa fans and coach Guy Boucher.
Brock Lesnar is halfway through a year-long USADA doping suspension, and he’s apparently filling part of the MMA-shaped void in his life with hockey. The Winnipeg Jets had him over last night, and he promptly doomed their season by stepping on a team logo seal in the center of the locker room. I’m gonna blame Mathieu…
Winnipeg Jets rookie Patrik Laine’s 17 goals in 32 games puts him third overall in scoring this season. After last night’s game against the Edmonton Oilers, he could have moved up a spot, but NHL players don’t get credit for accidental goals on their own net.
I feel entirely uncomfortable even noting this development, wary of some quantum observer effect in which quantifying Winnipeg’s success will cause them to go back to the futility with which the franchise has come to be synonymous. The Jets are a delicate baby bird, to be cupped ever-so-gently for fear of crushing…
If the 2015 NHL draft was a two-headed hype monster—McDavid and Eichel as a clear 1A and 1B—maybe it’s not to early to start thinking of 2016 not as merely the Auston Matthews draft, but as draft that brought us Matthews and Patrik Laine. The Winnipeg Jets rookie now leads the league in goals.
Auston Matthews’s four-goal explosion in his very first game was the most impressive showing by a rookie so far this season, but he’s not the only precocious youngster scoring bundles of goals. Finnish winger Patrik Laine was picked by the Jets right behind Matthews, and the two hockey teens met tonight in Winnipeg.
There is nothing that gets hockey people riled up quite like offer sheets. Nothing. The mere rumor of their existence is enough to send fans clogging talk radio lines, and set GMs to vowing revenge and—quite literally—challenging each other to fights. Well, we’re two days away and I am fucking psyched.
We know now that Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman will not face supplementary discipline for a hit that injured Winnipeg’s Bryan Little in Tampa’s 6-5 shootout win. That won’t make Paul Maurice feel any better—the Jets coach was ejected after yelling at officials over the hit.
Thomas Vanek’s two goals aided the Minnesota Wild in Tuesday night’s 5-3 win over the Jets, but this undressing of Winnipeg defenseman Paul Postma should’ve counted for five points.
Sabres winger Evander Kane, now out four to six weeks with a knee injury, says he asked for a trade every summer he was in Winnipeg.
Alex Burmistrov initially didn’t agree with his minor penalty for elbowing Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon in the head during Sunday’s game. The Jets center called it “bullshit” as he sat in the penalty box. His opinion changed after he saw the replay, however:
The current iteration of the Winnipeg Jets, formerly known as the Atlanta Thrashers, has never won a playoff game. They received a ticket to the postseason once, in the 2006-07 season. The Rangers swept them. This season’s Jets, bringing playoff hockey back to Winnipeg for the first time since 1996, hoped to break…
Before last night’s game against the Ducks, it had been 19 years since the good people of Winnipeg had hosted a playoff game in their city. So we should cut them some slack when judging how they chose to celebrate the occasion.