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ICdave 01-14-2013 09:58 AM

Week of January 14th - 20th: Sunday Papers (Tons of game day coverage)
 
Sunday, January 20th Jets and NHL news

Jets news:

Winnipeg Free Press: Pavelec far from razor-sharp. Thinking back to the game it didn’t feel like Pavelec wasn’t sharp. It felt more like his defence let him down. What do you think?

Winnipeg Free Press: Big Mac sums it up best: Blech. It was ugly. It played more like a game in mid summer than mid winter. But both teams were forced to deal with the same conditions so you cannot use that as an excuse.

Winnipeg Free Press: Lockout? What lockout? Jets fans spoke of booing Ron Hainsey for his role in the lockout but he was cheered last night when his name was announced. The True North chant was loud as ever during the anthem.

Winnipeg Free Press: Toss this one into the trash basket. It really was a let down. The Jets are now 0-2 in home openers in their short existence although yesterday’s game they could have easily won if they get a few bounces.

Winnipeg Sun: Fans just glad Jets are back. It was an odd atmosphere yesterday. At some points the building felt electric while at other times it felt like it was a game in mid January and not the home opener. Still, overall, fans were quite enthused with the return of the Jets.
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Winnipeg Sun: Defence struggles against Senators. It was not a banner day for the Jets defence. Luckily, coach Noel and his staff took to the road immediately following the game and will work on improving the level of play. With the multiple mistakes which became either goals or scoring chances, there is plenty of room for improvement.

Winnipeg Sun: Back to drawing board for Jets. It wasn’t the type of game you felt either team really deserved to win, but the Jets just couldn’t get it done when they had the chance.

Winnipeg Sun: Scheifele passes first test. He bounced around to some different lines and while he continues to show his creativity with the puck, he still needs to increase his strength significantly.

Winnipeg Sun: Jets don’t have time to repeat last year’s performance. Jets cannot afford to get into a big hole and with games against tough opponents upcoming that is exactly what this team can be looking at unless they get their act together quickly.

Illegal Curve Game Day Coverage – Senators 4 Jets 1:

Jets on a Deadline: A recap of the game, audio, video and the game’s 3 stars.

Jets vs. Senators postgame podcast: Host Drew Mindell and Analyst Richard Pollock break down the Jets loss to the Senators.

Ottawa Senators: Coach Paul MacLean.

Winnipeg Jets: Blake Wheeler, Mark Stuart, Mark Scheifele and Dustin Byfuglien.

NHL news:

CBC: Hockey fans celebrate as NHL season launches. Regardless of the results everyone was happy just to have NHL hockey back on the ice.

For the Jets and NHL news click here.

ICdave 01-15-2013 08:28 AM

Monday Papers
 
Monday, January 14th Jets and NHL news

Jets news:

Note: We will be covering the Jets at training camp all week long. For all the latest news be sure to follow us on twitter @illegalcurve.

Winnipeg Free Press: Claude’s court back in session. It was all laughs and smiles yesterday but we shall see how the mood holds after a few regular season games.

Winnipeg Free Press: So, with further fan fare. As was discussed all throughout the lockout, it is not a surprise that with the return of the Jets, the fans of Winnipeg returned in full force.

Winnipeg Free Press: Hoping small changes make big difference. One of the advantages for the Jets in a shortened NHL season is the relatively low turnover in personnel.

Winnipeg Sun: Lowdown on the Jets’ 2013 schedule. Kirk takes a look and gives you the skinny on the complete Jets schedule. As fans start to do their season ticket drafting, it is a good idea to have some information on the 24 Jets home games. Very interesting to see how some ticket drafts are done. My brother told me that the home opener didn’t go until the 3rd round of selecting in his ticket draft.
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Winnipeg Sun: Antropov could start season on injured list. As we looked down from the press box yesterday we noticed that #80 was missing from the ice. He skated following the open practice with Zach Bogosian and ultimately coach Noel revealed that he had failed the team physical due to an upper body ailment.

Winnipeg Sun: Scheifele displays flair. He still has his weaknesses but as he develops more strength and works on his skating, he will hopefully minimize these and they will be offset by his sure hands and excellent passing. He made some moves yesterday that had the 5000+ fans at MTS Centre ‘oohing and ahing’.

Winnipeg Sun: Fans in a forgiving mood. It was an opportunity for people to get into the building and perhaps for some, see the Jets for the only time this season. So it was unsurprising that 5000+ crammed into the MTS Centre on very short notice. In fact as you can see below, fans were lined up over an hour before practice to get into the building. About the only kink in the day was protestors from the ‘Idle no more’ movement protested with signs and drums. Problem was many thought the drums were just enthusiastic fans.
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Winnipeg Sun: Fast pace won’t bother Ponikarovsky. Many options for coach Noel in how he chooses to use Ponikarovsky. He could throw him on the Eastern Euro line with Burmistrov and Antropov. Could also play with Wellwood, who he knows from his Toronto days.

Winnipeg Sun: Noel won’t overwork Pavelec. The coach would not commit to a number. When asked if Pavelec would again shoulder the load like he did last season, all coach Noel would say is that the starts will be based on performance. He appears to have confidence in Jets backup Al Montoya as well.

Illegal Curve: Coach Noel press conference. It was the first press conference of the year but coach Noel was already in mid season form.

Illegal Curve: Open practice. The Jets held their open practice yesterday and we have some pictures, video of the players giving away signed hats at the end of the practice and some audio from Blake Wheeler.

Affiliate & Prospect news:

The Telegram: IceCaps end home-ice losing streak by beating Marlies. Putting an end to an ugly losing streak at Mile One Centre, the IceCaps will now have some time off before they head off to Norfolk to take on the Eastern Conference basement dwelling Admirals.

Swift Current Broncos official site: Adam Lowry runs streak to 20 games. Missed this in yesterday’s papers. Saturday night the Broncos won their 4th game in a row and Jets prospect Adam Lowry extended his scoring streak to 20 games with a goal and an assist in the game.

NHL news:

Globe and Mail: Canadian clubs to endure quirky schedule. The Jets will have a fair bit of distance to travel but it turns out not to be as bad as some other clubs. Dirk Hoag, a blogger who covers the Nashville Predators on his site ‘On the Forecheck’ does a super schedule every year wherein he calculates all the miles a team will travel. While the Jets have the most distance to travel in the East, not surprisingly it is the Western Conference teams who will be collecting the most air miles.

Globe and Mail: Play for sizzle or for future? Many NHL general managers will be forced to make the decision as to whether they want to make an impact now or continue to develop their prospects for the long term. Popular thinking for the Jets is that Scheifele will be given a chance but is likely headed back to Barrie unless he forces Winnipeg to keep him with the club.

Globe and Mail: Hurricanes acquire key lockout negotiator Westgarth. It was the first trade of the 2013 season and while it briefly created a buzz, it is not quite the blockbuster that many are expecting.

For the Jets and NHL news click here.

Illegal Curve Hockey Show Replay:

Part 1: Intro, Eric Fehr signs with Washington, implications of a shortened season. Impact of the new CBA on the Winnipeg Jets. Brian Burke fired by Toronto. RFAs that remain unsigned.

Fantasy Hockey preview: Forwards. Interview with Gus Katsaros of McKeen’s Hockey. Forwards. Interview with Jeff Angus of Dobber Hockey. Defensemen. Defensemen. Interview with Justin Goldman of The Goalie Guild. Goalies, Cheers and Jeers.

ICdave 01-16-2013 07:48 AM

Tuesday Papers
 
Tuesday, January 15th Jets and NHL news

Jets news:

Global Winnipeg: Ondrej Pavelec ready for compressed schedule. We had a chance to catch up with the Jets goalie tandem today following practice and both guys are ready for the season to start. To listen click here.

Illegal Curve: Coach Noel Press conference. Update on Miettinen (upper body injury). Type of practice tomorrow. Antropov status. Getting team to play ‘A’ games. Taking penalty phase. Looking forward to day he can have a regular training camp. Pressure of the 1st game. Additions to the roster. Slater’s versatility and reliability. IceCaps players on team. Addition of John Phelan to the Jets as a mental skills coach.

Winnipeg Jets official site: Olli Jokinen | Bryan Little | Video following practice today.

Winnipeg Sun: Antti Miettinen lost indefinitely. Nobody I spoke with remembered anything happening at practice yesterday that may have caused an injury but regardless, the Finnish winger will be out of the lineup for the home opener against Ottawa.

Winnipeg Sun: Jets waive $2.50 ticket fee. Responding to popular sentiment the Jets make a smart decision to waive this fee. Jim Ludlow, President & CEO of True North held a press conference today to discuss the waiving of fees. To listen click here.

Winnipeg Free Press: Smart move is to send Scheifele back. A lockout shortened season might have the Jets brass inclined to keep the 2011 first round pick up with the big club as they try and compete for a playoff spot. However the long term development of Scheifele as a player might benefit from more time under coach Dale Hawerchuk in Barrie.

Winnipeg Free Press: Father knows best. Jets fans should make sure they buy him a beer when he is in town then since Wheeler really turned it on last year.

Winnipeg Free Press: Training camp notebook. If you cannot be at training camp, why not read the notes of someone who is.

Globe and Mail: Jets hope raucous home crowd and new centre will propel them into the playoffs. Perhaps the adrenalin that the MTS Centre crowd provides can see the Jets again have success at home, but what will really establish if this is a playoff team is the team’s road record.

Winnipeg Sun: Ticket system has fans up in arms. The overall sentiment on twitter seemed to be outrage. Personally I know that I prefer a physical ticket to have as a memento but that is just me. The Jets have a 9:30 am press conference to address this issue. Stay tuned to @illegalcurve as we will bring you all the latest on this subject.
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Winnipeg Sun: Don’t read much into Scheifele’s shifting. This early into training camp lines are still being juggled so it is a bit too quick to think that the Jets center of the future will be thrust onto a checking line. Especially since Jim Slater is a natural center and would force Scheifele to shift to right wing.

Winnipeg Sun: Burmistrov seasoned and ready for season. The Jets have to hope that the young gun can have a bounce back season after the disappointment of last year. While he didn’t exactly tear up the AHL this year (2 goals, 9 assists and a -2 in 22 games) he looks healthy and ready to contribute to the Jets.

Winnipeg Sun: Stuart ready for more responsibility. He is a fan favourite for his hard nosed style and the Jets are going to rely on him defensively as the injury to Zach Bogosian has everyone on defence having to step up their game.
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Winnipeg Sun: Olli Jokinen happy with potential linemates Kane and Wellwood. This has the potential to be a very good line for the Jets. With Wellwood feeding these guys the puck, it could make for a lot of shots on net, and if you are a Jets fan, lots of goals.

CBC: Ready for the NHL. They profile young prospects from the various Canadian teams and when it comes to the Jets, they look at whether or not Mark Scheifele is ready to make the jump.

NHL news:

Edmonton Journal: Oilers trade for defenceman Fistric. The Oilers added a local Edmonton product in the trade. They have a banged up defence corps so this move should help.

Globe and Mail: NHL will know soon enough how much damage the lockout caused. The southern U.S. teams are going to have to get creative as they attempt to resuscitate the sport in these markets.

Globe and Mail: NHLPA asks if Gomez deal is copacetic. What a bizarre world we live in. Being paid millions of dollars NOT to play hockey. Only in the NHL.

TSN: Crosby tops NHL on TSN’s Top 50 list for third straight year. No Jets on the list. Fair or foul?

Globe and Mail: KHL flexes its muscle as NHL appears greedy and arrogant in comparison. The NHL acting with hubris!! I am just shocked. Would have been quite interesting to see what would have happened if Kovalchuk or Datsyuk would have chosen to stay in the KHL.

New York Post: Visnovsky misses Islanders deadline, could be suspended. Speaking of the KHL, it appears to Visnovsky this was more tempting than playing on Long Island.

For the Jets and NHL news click here.

ICdave 01-17-2013 08:02 AM

Wednesday Papers
 
Wednesday, January 16th Jets and NHL news

Jets news:

Note: Practice today at the IcePlex at 10:30 am.

Winnipeg Free Press: Giddy with excitement. The mood is infectious at the MTS Centre right now. Whether you are a player, coach or even media the anticipation for the home opener has everyone feeling excited.

Winnipeg Free Press: ‘Spoiled’ NHLers learned to ride bus again during lockout. Both Wheeler and Stuart had the pleasure of going back to their roots of riding the bus, similar to what many younger players did growing up.

Winnipeg Free Press: Fans drop gloves, Jets drop fees. Again we see the impact of social media. When word of the new system spread along with the new fees for next season, fans reacted and not with a 'True North' chant. The Jets saw this and responded accordingly.

Winnipeg Sun: Antti Miettinen lost indefinitely. The injury will create some intrigue as Scheifele now moves up to play with Burmistrov and Ponikarovsky.

Winnipeg Sun: Jim Slater responds to challenge. He is a veteran leader on this team who knows his role and isn’t afraid to fulfill it. Whether that is winning face offs, scoring goals or mixing it up, Slater will contribute in any way he can to help this team win hockey games.
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Winnipeg Sun: Olli Jokinen happy with potential linemates Kane and Wellwood. With Wellwood feeding these guys the pucks, this line has the potential to score a lot of goals.

Winnipeg Sun: Noel won’t overwork Pavelec. From the sounds of it, Al Montoya is ready and willing to play as many games as he is needed to in this shortened season. Managing rest for these tenders who are going to be in for a very difficult season will be critical for the Jets bench boss.

Illegal Curve: Coach Noel Press conference. Update on Miettinen (upper body injury). Type of practice tomorrow. Antropov status. Getting team to play ‘A’ games. Taking penalty phase. Looking forward to day he can have a regular training camp. Pressure of the 1st game. Additions to the roster. Slater’s versatility and reliability. IceCaps players on team. Addition of John Phelan to the Jets as a mental skills coach.

Illegal Curve: Season Ticket fees waived. Jim Ludlow, President & CEO of True North held a press conference today to discuss the waiving of fees. He also covered the newest additions to the MTS Centre.
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Affiliate & Prospect news:

St. John’s IceCaps official site: The Rock Report – IceCaps earn split with Marlies. Club thrills fans in snapping home losing skid; six-game road trip begins this weekend in Norfolk.

Swift Current Broncos official site: Adam Lowry scores 2 in 4-3 OT win. Including a short handed goal to extend his points streak to 21 games. In those 21 games he has 21 goals and 16 assists. He currently sits 4th overall in WHL scoring.

NHL news:

Delaware County Times: Claude Giroux takes helm for Flyers. Named the 19th captain in the history of the franchise Giroux is expected to take this Flyers team back to the Stanley Cup finals.

Detroit Free Press: Zetterberg with ‘Z’ now Zetterberg with ‘C’ as Red Wings name him new captain. From Swedish captain to another Swedish captain, after the retirement of Nicklas Lidstrom it is Henrik Zetterberg who will lead this team into the future.

Globe and Mail: Making a Stanley Cup case for the Bruins, Kings and Avalanche. So many theories as to who is going to win and why. Based on injuries or someone heating up unexpectedly, it seems way too soon to already be predicting the Cup champs. As it currently stands only the Kings are in the top 5 with decent Vegas odds (9/1) to win the cup.

CBC: Don Cherry talks draft picks (video). The CBC’s Colleen Jones talks to Coach Corner’s Don Cherry about the pressure.

CBC: NHL, union change buyout rules. A much fairer decision which won’t handicap the players from playing in the NHL this year, if any teams are willing to sign them.

For the Jets and NHL news click here.

ICdave 01-18-2013 07:58 AM

Thursday Papers
 
Thursday, January 17th Jets and NHL news

Jets news:

Winnipeg Free Press: Antropov could play in opener and other news and notes. The Jets could sure use Antropov at the home opener. While nick-name mania might be spreading, in fact, Ezra Ginsburg of Illegal Curve is the one with actual veto power on any future nicknames for the GST line. Or should this simply have been a one-year phenomena without attempting to replicate it?
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Winnipeg Free Press: A case for better defence. The Jets goals for was pretty good last season but the team without Bogosian is going to have a tougher time keeping the puck out of their net. After Buff and Enstrom the pairings are going to be different sans Bogosian. Can one of the AHL guys make a noticeable difference this season?

Winnipeg Sun: Eastern European line could score for Jets. This line might have some pretty good chemistry, which isn’t limited to a shared language. Antropov and Ponikarovsky played together years ago with the Leafs while Burmistrov and Antropov have been together for the last few years. Perhaps this familiarity will help the Jets 3rd line have some instant success. But as Antropov said yesterday, we will have to wait and see what coach Noel decides the lines will be before getting too excited about potential combinations.

Winnipeg Sun: Jets get tough with enforcer Peluso. Coach Noel isn’t interested in a guy who is strictly around to goon it up. He wants someone who can add some toughness to his lineup and give this team some more size. Here is audio from Peluso that he did with Brendan Burke (Play-by-play broadcaster for the AHL's Peoria Rivermen.) after he was told he had been claimed by the Jets.

Winnipeg Sun: Will Winnipeg Jets Mark Scheifele be ready at 19? It seems that both sides of the question have pros and cons. If you give him a chance to develop properly in Barrie and then through the Jets system the long term benefits could massive for the Jets. Or conversely, by putting him back to Barrie you could shatter his confidence and he might never rebound. If you go the other way and he sticks with the Jets after 5 games, but doesn’t contribute significantly, you might permanently stagnant his development. Chevy and company have a very tough decision to make with their 2011 first round pick.
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Simcoe.com: Colts fans wait to hear Scheifele’s fate. Fans in Barrie are going to have to wait until at least January 27th which will be the 5th game of the season for the Jets and the point at which the team will have to make a decision on Scheifele’s future.

CBC: Jets could help museum funding shortfall, says official. This seems like an idea that is going nowhere quickly but who knows perhaps a corporation will lend a public institution some cash to make up for the shortfall.

ESPN: Jets season preview. Missed this yesterday. Burnside doesn't think the Jets have made many steps forward and is largely predicting that the Jets have not progressed at the same rate as their 4 other Southeast division opponents. Agree or disagree?

Jets official site: Fantasy challenge. A participant selects 11 different Winnipeg Jets players to start for their fantasy team each Game Period. You can win all sorts of gear including signed Jets jerseys, Jets Gear Gift Certificate and more.

Illegal Curve: Coach Noel presser. Where is captain Ladd? Timeline? Jaffray signed and Peluso addition. How does Peluso fit in? Losing Glass, Peluso can replace those elements. Line combinations. 5 on 5 play. When does he decide on lines? Adding new defensive schemes? Defensive chemistry? Physical pace in today’s practice. Machacek’s game.

Illegal Curve: Player audio from the IcePlex. Following yesterday’s open practice skate at the IcePlex, we have audio from Nik Antropov, Tobias Enstrom and Spencer Machacek.
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Prospect and Affiliate news:

IceCaps official site: Jets agree to terms with Jason Jaffray. The veteran captain has been within this (True North) organization for a long time and is seen as an important cog in the wheel for the IceCaps.

Reporter Herald: Eagles goalie Brown grew up around NHL rinks. Tenders generally take longer to develop and Brown has settled in nicely on Colorado.

NHL news:

Toronto Star: Rangers, Kings likely to contend as NHL season set to begin. At least the Kings can try and capitalize on the momentum they built last season when they won the Stanley Cup. The Rangers had a disappointing 2011-12 and coach Tortorella will be sure to have his talented roster ready to play in this lockout shortened season.

Globe and Mail: The perils of parity that reign supreme in the NHL. While I don’t think we will see the Dynasty era that we saw with the Oilers of the 1980s and Red Wings of the 1990s and 2000s, the NHL is probably quite happy to have Stanley Cup champs from major cities like L.A., Boston, Chicago, Pittsburgh and Detroit.

Ottawa Citizen: NHL misses chance to fix draft flaw. The Points After Elimination system or “PAE” is an interesting concept that would see that a team that is eliminated from playoffs, isn’t penalized for winning following elimination. What do you think? Would you prefer to see this type of system or do you like what the NHL did, which was simply to allow all 14 non-playoff teams a chance to ‘win’ the 1st overall pick.

Star-Ledger: Zajac wanted to stay with Devils and live in New Jersey. The Winnipeg product signed himself a nice little contract down in New Jersey.

Globe and Mail: Duhatschek takes your questions on the NHL season. And the always informative Duhatschek will be taking our questions when he joins us on Saturday’s Illegal Curve Hockey Show on TSN Radio 1290 as he always does in our season preview show. Tune in from 7 am until 11 am as the Jets afternoon home opener forces a change to our regular time slot.

CBC: Know your NHL siren sounds? A fun little quiz. Didn’t do too well only recognizing 4 of 7 although after attending all those Jets games last season, at least I was able to pick out that goal horn.

For the Jets and NHL news click here.

ICdave 01-18-2013 02:35 PM

Friday Papers
 
Friday, January 18th Jets and NHL news

Note: We are at the conclusion of the fifth week of the Team Illegal Curve Beard growing competition as Ezra and Drew help support the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba in conjunction with the Festival du Voyageur in the 31st annual beard growing contest. Every Friday we will be giving readers an update on the beard progress and here is Ezzy and Drew’s growth from Week 4 to Week 5:
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Note II: Don’t forget to tune into the Illegal Curve Hockey Show 2013 Season Preview special on TSN Radio 1290 from 7 to 11 am on Saturday as the guys kick off the game day discussion on TSN. This week’s show will have an emphasis (3 hours) on the opening of the 2013 NHL regular season and the last hour will be focused on your Winnipeg Jets. Guests: Eric Duhatschek (Globe and Mail), James Gordon (Ottawa Citizen).

Note III: Home Opening Weekend starts Saturday, January 19th and be sure to stay tuned to @illegalcurve as we will be bringing you all the latest from the MTS Centre as the Senators visit the Jets. During the game you can win IC Gear by participating in our twitter 50/50 and Game Winning Goal contest. Following the action, Dave and Ez will have post game reactions from the Winnipeg and Ottawa dressing rooms, while from the press box, Rich, Drew and Remis will have the Illegal Curve Hockey Post Game Podcast.

Jets news:

Update: Jets claimed James Wright from Florida today. He is a 22 year old center who has 2 goals and 3 assists in 49 career NHL games.

Winnipeg Sun: Coach Claude Noel knows how to push buttons. While a number of NHL coaches are quite bland, with coach Noel you get a lot of spice during his pressers. Always good for a chuckle and usually gives pretty honest answers/assessments of his team.

Winnipeg Sun: Hot or cold, at home or on the road, Winnipeg Jets need consistency. Fans should have a pretty good idea of how this team will look by the end of January. While that is just 7 games, in a shortened season, you cannot afford to take any nights off if you want to play in the playoffs.

Winnipeg Free Press: The Southeast Division by the numbers. No longer to be called the Southleast by opponents, the Jets will be in tough this season as the teams they are competing with all improved.

Winnipeg Free Press: MTS Centre amps up volume for games. The sound is already loud inside the building but now it will be clearer as the Jets have improved the sound system.

Winnipeg Free Press: Ladd’s a happy pappy. Luckily for the Jets when Ladd wasn’t on the ice on Wednesday it was because his first child was being born.

Winnipeg Sun: First season in Winnipeg will be tough to beat. Nothing will quite match the magic of last season, but one thing the Jets will be happy to not repeat is missing the playoffs again this season. That will be easier said than done as a number of improvements are necessary before the Jets can challenge in the East. Today is the last day of our pre-season prediction poll and as of this morning 71% of you feel the Jets will finish anywhere from 6th to 10th this season.

Winnipeg Sun: Kyle Wellwood living large on top line with Jokinen. This trio will help relieve some of the pressure on the Jets other scoring line of Ladd/Little/Wheeler. As Kane/Jokinen/Wellwood continue to develop chemistry it is going to be really interesting to see how they synch together as a line.
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Winnipeg Sun: New Jets enforcer Peluso has teammates’ backs. You wouldn’t think the soft spoken Peluso is a big fighter but perhaps he is still getting used to his new environment. What is known is that he can handle himself on the ice. Coach Noel stated the other day that he is not interested in any 3 minute players although the way Peluso was snipping goals during practice yesterday, perhaps the Snipper moniker that coach Noel hung on him during his presser on Thursday is accurate. Peluso is still looking to play his 1st NHL game.

Winnipeg Sun: It all starts with Ondrej Pavelec. As coach Noel said it will be a total team effort but at the end of the day the guy who stands between the back of the net and the puck is Ondrej Pavelec and this team is going to need him to play as well as he ever has if they want to even contemplate playoffs.

Winnipeg Sun: Chris Thorburn happy to have tough guy company. While Thorburn has toughness to spare it doesn’t hurt to share that load with another big man. The Jets added some size in Peluso and it now no longer solely falls on Thorburn to defend his teammates.
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Winnipeg Sun: Zach Redmond has the ability, not the experience. He looked lights out on the first day of training camp and has been solid since. He was voted to the AHL all-star game for the 2nd year in a row yesterday. Of course if he remains with the parent club, he will be missing the game.

Winnipeg Sun: Confidence high on the Winnipeg Jets blue-line. Hard to disagree with a five-time champ like Huddy but having said that, with the absence of Bogosian, I just cannot see how the confidence can be high. This isn’t to suggest that this team cannot be successful with the defence in its present incarnation, but I simply believe that the guys who are slotting in higher than normal are going to have to play lights out in order for the Jets to win.

Jets affiliate and prospect news:

UMass-Lowell official site: River Hawks with eighth straight game. Freshman goalie and Jets 5th round pick in the 2012 entry draft Connor Hellebuyck won his 6th straight game and has had some sick numbers during this streak.

University of Michigan: Game Central. Jets draft picks Jacob Trouba and Brennan Serville head to Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan to take on the Lake Superior State Lakers in a Friday/Saturday contest.

NHL news:

Globe and Mail: Canadiens’ intra-squad game draws 17,000 fans at the Bell Centre. There is hockey passion and then there are Montreal Canadiens fans who take this concept to an entirely different level.

TSN: TSN predicts Pens and Blues will be conference winners. Doesn’t pay to be a fan of a Canadian team in 2013 according to the TSN panel. While the IC team will be making predictions on tomorrow’s show I will put mine out now. West Conference Champ: Vancouver Canucks. Eastern Conference Champ: New York Rangers. Re-match of 1993-94 except this time Canucks take it in 6.

National Post: NHL takes out full-page ads across Canada and U.S. to apologize for lockout. Oh they are sorry? Cool. Guess fans should just forget everything because of these well thought out ads. Similar to most of the playbook that the NHL had used during the lockout, this is in the concluding chapter on how to wrap things up neatly so they can go back to taking fans money.

CBC: Hockey Night in Canada set to kick off exciting 60th season. Who isn’t excited to see Don and Ron return to their familiar spot on Saturday?

CBC: Most Canadians won’t change NHL viewing habits, survey suggests. In other earth shattering news, the sky is blue. Is anyone the least bit surprised by this ‘revelation’?

Globe and Mail: Getzlaf and Perry speculation to heat up as soon as Ducks land in Vancouver. It is going to suck for Ducks fans to have to listen to a season of their best players constantly being asked questions about the future. Of course Leafs fans might have reason to rejoice.

For the Jets and NHL news click here.

ICdave 01-19-2013 09:43 AM

Friday Afternoon Papers
 
Friday, January 18th Afternoon Jets and NHL news

Note: How can you tell the Jets 2nd season is about to get underway? There is so much news, we have an Afternoon news post.

Jets news:

Winnipeg Free Press: Jets’ opening-day roster taking shape. With the re-assignment of Spencer Machacek and Maxime Macenauer and defenceman Derek Meech to the IceCaps the roster is looking pretty set.

Winnipeg Sun: Will Olli Jokinen be a leader or loser for Winnipeg Jets? He has said and done all the right things since his arrival in Winnipeg. Now we will see exactly what he brings to the table on the ice.

Winnipeg Sun: Just a matter of time before Mark Chipman joins NHL Board of Governors. His stock certainly has risen since the lockout and you can probably expect that to continue moving forward.

Winnipeg Sun: Big Buff could make the difference on Jets’ blue-line. The fortunes of the Jets can be put on the broad shoulders of Buff as he will be one of the most important players on the team this season.
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Winnipeg Sun: Short season could be just right for Jets’ Ondrej Pavelec. Not overtaxing Pavelec could be just want the Czech netminder needs to get himself and the Jets to the next level.

Winnipeg Sun: Jets sign centre, Kane teammate James Wright. They briefly played together on the Vancouver Giants.

Illegal Curve: Coach Noel presser. Talking about James Wright. How close is he to knowing his lineup. Tough on players trying to make an impression, especially without exhibition games. How much does he know about Ottawa? How does he prep for Game 1? Role of Perry Pearn. What players who get reassigned learn. Planning for 3 games in 4 nights. How have Winnipeg’s expectations changed this year? Any clarity on Bogosian’s status? Will goalies be on a short leash? Does the opinions of ‘experts’ impact him?

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ICdave 01-20-2013 09:56 AM

Saturday Papers
 
Saturday, January 19th Jets and NHL news

Note: Don’t forget to tune into the Illegal Curve Hockey Show 2013 Season Preview special on TSN Radio 1290 from 7 to 11 am today as the guys kick off the game day discussion on TSN. This week’s show will have an emphasis (3 hours) on the opening of the 2013 NHL regular season and the last hour will be focused on your Winnipeg Jets. Guests: Eric Duhatschek (Globe and Mail), James Gordon (Ottawa Citizen).

Note II: Home Opening Weekend starts today and be sure to stay tuned to @illegalcurve as we will be bringing you all the latest from the MTS Centre as the Senators visit the Jets. During the game you can win IC Gear by participating in our twitter 50/50 and Game Winning Goal contests. Following the action, Dave and Ez will have post game reactions from the Winnipeg and Ottawa dressing rooms, while from the press box, Rich, Drew and Remis will bring you the Illegal Curve Hockey Post Game Podcast.

Jets news:

Winnipeg Free Press: Rebirth of a Jets nation. And so it all begins again. Today the Jets are tied for 1st in the East.

Winnipeg Free Press: We are the champions. Just 2 years into the return of NHL hockey and Winnipeg remains the talk of the league and with good reason. Manitobans have added a unique blend of passion for hockey.

Globe and Mail: Hockey and its unrelenting grip on the nation’s soul. Not much of a surprise that the state of hockey in Manitoba is alive and well. The MTS Centre is going to be rocking today.
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TSN: Season opens against Senators on TSN Radio 1290. Coverage kicks off today with the Illegal Curve Hockey Show. Brian has the expected Jets lines and they are exactly what we anticipated for today’s game against the Senators.

Winnipeg Sun: Fans deserve hard-working team that makes playoffs. Whether this team is blue collar or not, fans just want a winner. While they may put up with growth and building for another year or possibly two, a turnaround is going to be expected.

Winnipeg Sun: Can Jets prove pundits wrong? The deck is stacked against the Jets. Not many are predicting that this team to be a playoff bound team although perhaps they can use their home opener opponent as inspiration. Not many thought Ottawa would do anything last season and they surprised the league by making it into the post season.

Winnipeg Sun: Need to go both ways. This team has improved over last season and they are going to need a collective effort to have any chance this season.

CBC: Excited fans await season opener. Jets fans start your engines. We are less than 6 hours from the first game of the year and the excitement level in Winnipeg is off the charts.

Ottawa Citizen: Hoping to model themselves on Senators’ rise. James Gordon will be a guest on today’s Illegal Curve Hockey Show on TSN Radio 1290 and the guys will discuss this idea with him.
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Illegal Curve: Jets afternoon news. The Winnipeg Sun has put out a 64 page insert on the start to the Jets season. And they started releasing some of the articles yesterday. If you missed anything there are another 10 Sun stories about the Jets ranging from contracts, Ladd’s leadership, Scheifele’s 2nd chance, Mark Chipman moving on up, importance of Big Buff, Pavelec and more.

Illegal Curve: 50/50 & Game Winning Goal Contests. For the 2013 season we will be bringing back our 50/50 contest and we have added a Game Winning Goal (GWG) contest as well. The contests take place during Jets games on twitter so be sure to follow us on @illegalcurve.

Illegal Curve: Assessment of James Wright. Our own prospect expert Kyle Kosior had these thoughts on the Jets’ newest acquisition.

Illegal Curve: Coach Noel presser. Talking about James Wright. How close is he to knowing his lineup. Tough on players trying to make an impression, especially without exhibition games. How much does he know about Ottawa? How does he prep for Game 1? Role of Perry Pearn. What players who get reassigned learn. Planning for 3 games in 4 nights. How have Winnipeg’s expectations changed this year? Any clarity on Bogosian’s status? Will goalies be on a short leash? Does the opinions of ‘experts’ impact him?

Jets Affiliate and prospect news:

TSN: Brittain leads way as Admirals defeat IceCaps in shootout. Another loss although at least the Caps were able to salvage a point from the game. They had a 2-0 lead (both power play goals) but could not hold on to the win.

Winnipeg Sun: Machacek, Meech and Macenauer sent back to AHL. Not an unexpected move after the short week of training camp.

University of Michigan: U-M Begins Road Swing with Victory at LSSU (Boxscore). Prospect Jacob Trouba scored in the Wolverines win. The two teams resume play again tonight.

NHL news:

Toronto Star: Roommate culture becoming thing of past. Many things changed in the new CBA and this is one of the modifications that was made.

Globe and Mail: NHL predictions. The writers at the Globe and Mail share their predictions on the 2013 season.

CBC: Many questions as curtain raises on 2013. It may be shortened but there are going to be some very good times this season.

CBC: Saskatchewan hockey fans keen for NHL return. Great hockey fans to our West. Perhaps we should hope for an NHL team to end up in Regina….would create quite an exciting Banjo Bowl on ice.

Globe and Mail: Hockey is back. Did it ever really go away? Based on the numbers we saw from our own readership it is clear that hockey fans stayed away from hockey during the lockout but let me tell you they are back in a big way right now.

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