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Week of March 18th to 24th: Sunday Papers (Bolts fire coach Boucher)

Sunday, March 24th Jets news:

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Jets news:

Winnipeg Free Press: Booooo! Hisssss! Jets heard it all. There is nothing wrong with fans booing poor play. They cannot always be cheering, especially if the play on the ice doesn’t merit same.

Winnipeg Free Press: Noel opts for peace over punishment. Similar to horse racing you cannot be all whip all the time. You have to know when it is appropriate and when it is not. Coach Noel knows he cannot be doom and gloom all the time or else the players will just become accustomed to this and tune him out.


Winnipeg Sun: Noel give Jets day off to recharge batteries. The importance of managing energy levels during this shortened season cannot be understated. While the players are professionals, when you put your body through the rigors of an NHL schedule you need a certain amount of time to recover and due to the condensed schedule this has become difficult.

Winnipeg Sun: Unhappy fans let Jets have it. When Jets fans head for the hills with over five minutes to go in the 3rd period, you know they are not a happy bunch. Players did not expect that the honeymoon phase would last forever and fans in Winnipeg are too knowledgeable to put up with poor effort.

Winnipeg Sun: Enstrom to the rescue. He cannot turn that corner soon enough for Jets fans.

Opponent (Lightning) news:

Tampa Bay Times: Coach Guy Boucher fired. A real shame since he was one of the most personable coaches in the NHL. Will be interesting to see what type of impact this has on the team in Winnipeg tonight.

Tampa Bay Times: Nate Thompson signed to 4-year extension. The Bolts felt they needed to secure his services long term.

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Illegal Curve Hockey Show Replay:


Part 1: Recap of last night’s Capitals 6-1 victory over the Jets. Ondrej Pavelec’s workload and line combinations. The Jets remaining schedule. Southeast Division schedule. Olli Jokinen’s production on the power play (or lack thereof). What to do with Alex Burmistrov.

Part 2: Would you trade Ron Hainsey if; the Jets were 3rd in the conference, 8th in the conference, within 2 points of a playoff spot, more than 3 points outside a playoff spot? Interview with Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch. Interview with Mark Guy of Newport Sports Management (Corey Perry’s agent). Players who might be dealt at the trade deadline. The market for goalies at the trade deadline. Rapid Fire: Suspensions. Cheers & Jeers.


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Monday, March 18th Jets and NHL news:

Jets news:

Winnipeg Free Press: Pop goes the Jets’ points streak. It had to end sometime and Sunday at the end of a four games in six days it was clear that the gas had gone out of this balloon.

Winnipeg Free Press: Put Burmi in, see if he learned anything. It is easier said than done. While I thought they might inject him into Sunday’s lineup to alleviate some exhaustion, it is difficult to fix what ain’t broke, as they say. Now that the team has lost, coach Noel can tinker with his lineup to get the enigmatic young gun back into the game.


Winnipeg Free Press: Jets won’t use tired excuses. While they may not want to use them coach Noel did acknowledge that as a result of his shortening of the bench the team had likely less in the tank than they may have if he had been rolling four lines.

CBC: Playoff potential heightens trade deadline decisions. Long term vision versus short term gains. Hard to argue that the Jets should trade players when they currently sit 3rd in the Eastern Conference. If they go on a winning or point streak over next couple of weeks they will likely solidify this position. How then can you trade away players to acquire assets for your long term success. It is the ultimate conundrum for the Jets brass.

TSN: Stumbling on road in Ottawa. It was inevitable that the Jets would lose eventually and while they have played extremely well during the past few weeks, they just didn’t have it against the shorthanded Senators.

Winnipeg Sun: Out of fuel. Seems shocking that the best chances the Jets had were when they were shorthanded. Sometimes hockey is a game of luck and if that puck lies flat for Evander Kane on that shorthanded breakaway, the game could have been very different. Credit captain Andrew Ladd for making no excuses about not being able to match the Senators energy level to start the game.

Winnipeg Sun: Jets changed the recipe against Ottawa & got burned. A number of streaks came to a crashing halt on Sunday at the hands of the Senators. Ted also discusses missed opportunities, mental fatigue, terrific opportunity to make playoffs, Burmistrov in the (press)box, getting 4th line more involved, ownership groups desire to win, strong play of Pavelec, penalties both deserved and undeserved, impressive Senators, Kane predictable, getting Montoya healthy and home stretch.

Winnipeg Sun: Penalty-kill run comes to an end against Ottawa Senators. As coach Noel pointed out following the game, both Senators goals on the power play were extremely difficult to score but were executed to perfection by Ottawa. It is important to look at what led to the Thorburn penalty in the first place. Mark Stuart had control of the puck with no Sens pressure, Cormier circled back into the zone to give him an outlet but was unable to handle an easy pass and this led to the Jets defensive zone turnover. Ottawa had a ton of pressure and Thorburn takes the penalty. It is these types of mental errors, more than anything, that the Jets need to clean up. Give the Jets credit as they had killed off 29 straight penalties over 11 games before giving up two in yesterday’s contest.

Illegal Curve: Jets on a Deadline – Senators 4 Jets 1. Game recaps, post-game quotes from coach and players, video highlights and the NHL.com 3 Stars of the night.


NHL news:

Globe and Mail: No visors? The ayes have it, for now in NHL. Considering that AHL and Junior age players are mandated to wear visors and that 65% to 73% of NHL players are wearing them, you would think it would be easy to mandate it. If you are so inclined you could do what was done with helmets, grandfather players currently not wearing a visor and then all new players in the NHL would have to wear them.

Boston Herald: Krejci banged up in Bruins’ 2-1 loss to Penguins. The two high powered teams went at it on Sunday with Pittsburgh winning their ninth game in a row. Jets fans will be interested to see what happens to David Krejci as Boston comes in to play Winnipeg on Tuesday.

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Illegal Curve Hockey Show Replay:


Part 1: Winnipeg Jets week in review. Jets vs. Leafs preview. Jets vs. Senators preview. The benching of Alex Burmistrov and other lineup changes. Interview with Michael Traikos of the National Post. Eastern Conference Playoff Preview.

Part 2: Interview with Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News. Winnipeg Jets week ahead, Western Conference playoff preview. Interview with Mike Mazeika, Head Coach of the Canada-Israel Hockey School. NHL Trade Deadline preview. NHL News & Notes. Rapid Fire, Cheers & Jeers.

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Tuesday, March 19th Jets and NHL news:

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Jets news:

Illegal Curve: Coach Noel pre-game presser. - What would he like to see from Burmistrov. Kane, Wheeler and Ladd didn’t take part in practice – Maintenance? How closely is he watching the standings? Any time frame for Enstrom? Any confusion over the penalties? What does he need to see from Kulda to get into lineup? Looking at this week for the Jets in the standings. Managing lineup during a shortened season. Impact of Ron Hainsey. Would he make case to Chevy for keeping Hainsey. Using Boston as a measuring stick? Getting the 4th line more minutes. Determining shootout shooters.

Winnipeg Free Press: Hainsey, Antropov: Too good to trade? Could you ever imagine reading that headline prior to the season starting?

Winnipeg Sun: Trade deadline complicated for Jets. The next two weeks until the April 3rd trade deadline will be very interesting for Chevy & company. If the Jets remain in contention it will be extremely difficult to trade away any of the important pieces of the puzzle. Of course, as can be seen in the standings, staying above the line won’t be easy either. It is going to be quite the roller coaster so make sure you stay buckled in.

Winnipeg Sun: Time to free Alex Burmistrov. Similar to the messages sent to Wellwood and Thorburn, Burmistrov has probably figured out what he needs to do differently after a number of games up with the media in the press box. The good news for him is he is likely to see some action against his favorite target, 6′ 9″ Zdeno Chara.


Globe and Mail: Jets effect heats up Winnipeg’s commercial real estate market. Take a look at the downtown with all the construction that is going on and it isn’t hard to see the accuracy of this article.

Jets prospect news:

Winnipeg Free Press: Chevy’s dander up over baseless Scheifele chatter. It is still way too soon to give up on Scheifele. One would suspect that Cheveldayoff doesn’t appreciate the implication, considering Mark Scheifele was a selection made by his group.

Jets opposition (Bruins) news:

Boston Herald: Krejci can’t dodge shot, does dodge bullet. In case Krejci is unable to go tonight, the B’s have called up talented rookie center Ryan Spooner.

Boston Globe: Spooner recalled on emergency basis. Bruins beat writer Fluto Shinzawa gives you a look at some possible line combinations for Boston tonight.

NHL news:

Globe and Mail: GMs to look into video reviews, hybrid icings at shortened annual meeting. No sun and no golf this year, so hopefully the GMs can take care of business when they meet in Toronto.

Orange County Register: Ducks’ Perry signs eight-year, $69 million contract extension. The Ducks solidified their roster (at least two of their best players for the next eight years) and took all the wind out of the potential trade speculation. Of course with over 21 million tied up between Perry, Getzlaf and Ryan the Ducks are going to have some fun getting below the cap next season. But clearly GM Bob Murray and owner Henry Samueli want to win and want to win right now. Even with Perry out of the lineup tonight against the Sharks, as he served game three of his four game suspension, his Ducks won their 12th game in a row.

NHL.com: Stamkos scores 200th NHL goal. He has been unbelievably prolific in his relatively short time in the league. Jets fans saw his skill when he ended the season against them last year scoring his 60th of the year.

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Wednesday, March 20th Jets and NHL news:

Note: Tune into the NHL Mid-Week Show on TSN Radio 1290 tonight from 6 pm to 8 pm as the guys, joined by yours truly who will be sitting in for Drew Mindell, to discuss all the latest NHL news. Guests: Dan Wood (Anaheim Ducks Radio Colour Commentator), Jim Fox (Colour Commentator LA Kings TV).



Jets news:

Winnipeg Free Press: Comeback win keeps heady momentum alive. One of the premier teams in the Eastern Conference came into the MTS Centre last night and dominated play for much of the game. The Bruins held the 1-0 edge and similar to what happened to the Jets against the Leafs on Saturday, this time it was Winnipeg who managed to take the momentum when they scored two goals in under a minute in the 3rd period.

Winnipeg Free Press: Big win a solid proof of mettle. If not for the play of Ondrej Pavelec this game would/should have been over much earlier, but the workhorse netminder kept his team in the game. Once again they managed to leap frog back into 3rd place in the East as Carolina had lost earlier that evening to Florida.


Winnipeg Free Press: Kane makes popping in rebound look easy. Sometimes all it takes is to be in the right place at the right time.

Winnipeg Free Press: Spotlight on Hainsey. For all the focus he receives for still having never scored a goal for this incarnation of the franchise, Hainsey has really stepped up his game throughout the season when the rest of the defensive corps has been down with injury. Even last night he took a blistering slap shot to the foot, stayed in the play and then was back out his next shift.

Winnipeg Sun: Resurrection a miracle. With a top team like Boston leading 1-0 with under 10 minutes remaining in the 3rd period, I’m sure many Winnipeg scribes had their game stories ready to go but miraculously these Jets topped the power house Bruins with some hard work. Paul also looks at the play of Ondrej Pavelec, up and down play of Buff, web rumours of Hainsey to the Bruins, making himself more valuable and GMs for a day.

Winnipeg Sun: Bouncing back to beat the Bruins. It was exactly the type of game a team that wants to be seriously considered for the playoffs has to play. Keeping close to a tough B’s squad and then exploding for three goals in just over eight minutes was a pretty decent game plan. While it may not have gone exactly how coach Noel would have drawn it up, end of the day the Jets got another two clean points.

TSN: Jets retake top spot in division after beating Bruins. Time to turn on the afterburners and use the four (now three) game home stand to put some ground between the Jets and their opponents. A huge double contest against the Capitals on Thursday and Friday would solidify Winnipeg’s hold on the Southeast.

CBC: Puck luck bouncing Jets way. While luck is definitely a factor, the Jets should be thanking their lucky stars for Ondrej Pavelec. He did admit however, following the game, that some bounces went Winnipeg’s way. I believe it was on a Patrice Bergeron shot that Ondrej felt had he gotten all of it, it might have beaten him. But at the end of the day, perhaps the luck of the Irish was with the Jets netminder.

Jets on a Deadline – Jets 3 Bruins 1:
Jets beat Bruins 3-1

Winnipeg Jets: Andrew Ladd and Blake Wheeler.

Coach Noel post-game presser. Following his team’s win over the Bruins, coach Noel spoke with the media.

Boston Bruins: Coach Julien, Tuukka Rask, Brad Marchand, Shawn Thornton and Johnny Boychuk.

Illegal Curve Post-game podcast from the Press box: Host Drew Mindell and Analyst Richard Pollock break down the Jets 3-1 win over the Bruins.

Jets on a Deadline. Game recaps, post-game audio, video highlights and the NHL.com 3 Stars of the night.

NHL news:

Ottawa Citizen: Senators lose another player, win another game. Seriously, how impressive are the Senators? They keep losing players like it is going out of style and somehow they keep winning hockey games. Coach Paul MacLean deserves some serious hardware at the end of the season if he can keep his troops performing at this level.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: A perfect 10 that is perfectly imperfect. The Penguins keep winning, however improbably they are accomplishing those wins, and last night they did the Jets a favour by knocking off the Washington Capitals.

Columbus Dispatch: Blue Jackets keep points streak alive. While we in Winnipeg may not being paying much attention to the Western Conference this season, Columbus has put together an impressive 11 game streak with at least a single point. The have climbed from 15th in the West to sit tied with Phoenix for ninth.

NHL.com: Ducks can close gap on Blackhawks for NHL lead. A preview of tonight’s anticipated match-up between the two top teams in the West.

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Wednesday Afternoon, March 20th Jets news:

Note: Tune into the NHL Mid-Week Show on TSN Radio 1290 tonight from 6 pm to 8 pm as the guys, joined by yours truly who will be sitting in for Drew Mindell, to discuss all the latest NHL news. Guests: Dan Wood (Anaheim Ducks Radio Colour Commentator), Jim Fox (Colour Commentator LA Kings TV).

Jets news:

The Hockey News: Keeping promise to make stronger NHL playoff push in sophomore season. This is not the same team that we saw last year and the Jets are proving that over and over again as they manage to win games that last season they probably would have lost.


TSN: NHL Power Rankings. Despite having won five of seven games (not including last night’s win over Boston) the Jets only moved up five spots to #19 on this list. Even though they had 15 (now 16) wins, they were ranked behind teams with fewer wins like the Rangers, Lightning, Sharks, Canucks and Coyotes. Where would you rank the Jets in the Top 30?

Illegal Curve: Coach Noel audio from MTS Centre. Having the Jets staying on task. What is Coach Noel’s blueprint for keeping his team staying on task? (funny response by coach). Little/Ladd/Wheeler line an unquestioned 1st line. If things aren’t going well for that line do they need to be corrected or can they guide their own path? Playing same team at the National Hockey League level is unusual, his thoughts. Going back to Moose days, was difficult to sweep a back-to-back, still the case? Al Montoya’s status “getting close”. Thoughts on Burmistrov’s game. Does decision on giving Pavelec a break rest on Montoya’s status?

Illegal Curve: Players audio from MTS Centre. The Jets are not basking in the glow of yesterday’s win over the Bruins. Instead they have turned their attention to the next game against division rival Washington Capitals. Audio from captain Andrew Ladd, Blake Wheeler, Zach Bogosian and Ondrej Pavelec.

Illegal Curve: Winnipeg Jets Morning Papers. If you missed any of today’s news, we have you covered.

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Thursday, March 21st Jets, opposition (Capitals) and NHL news:

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Jets news:

Winnipeg Free Press: Pavelec brings ‘A’ game. Many of his teammates were asked if he deserves Hart consideration and while league wide that might be tough to win, there is almost no question that he would win that if we were solely judging the Jets players.


Winnipeg Free Press: Noel pushes right buttons as Jets take flight in Southeast. It was a light moment when he told Gary that he wouldn’t share the Jets blueline for team success at the media availability yesterday. While many have maligned coach Noel as an AHL or marginal coach, he seems to be getting the most out of his troops. If he could just get the special teams to be a bit more special, he could really get this squad into the next stratosphere.

Winnipeg Free Press: A chance to bury rival Capitals. The Jets need to channel the mentality of Ivan Drago from Rocky IV when he said “I must break you” when they face a double dose of Capitals today and tomorrow. While it might be difficult to sweep, this team needs to take the Capitals out of their rear-view mirror and the best way to accomplish this is by getting a win tonight.

Winnipeg Sun: Pavelec due for a rest. He might be due for one but the Jets number one netminder has no interest in taking a break. Probably the only thing he is tired about is the constant questioning about his ability to play so many games in a row. The health of backup Al Montoya will determine how many games Ondrej plays over the next few days.

Winnipeg Sun: Jets have chance to bury Capitals in rare back-to-back encounter. There is a decidedly AHL feel to playing the same team twice in two days at home, which many of the Jets like Wellwood, Meech and Clitesome acknowledged on Wednesday. While coach Noel downplayed the impact this could have, instead choosing to separate them into, the thought of adding four points against a division rival in under 25 hours has to have both teams salivating at the possibility.


CBC: Looking to make stronger playoff push. The time is now. Three games against divisional opponents who are not playing their best hockey of the season. We are about to find out what this Jets team is made of.

Illegal Curve: Coach Noel audio from MTS Centre. Having the Jets staying on task. What is Coach Noel’s blueprint for keeping his team staying on task? (funny response by coach). Little/Ladd/Wheeler line an unquestioned 1st line. If things aren’t going well for that line do they need to be corrected or can they guide their own path? Playing same team at the National Hockey League level is unusual, his thoughts. Going back to Moose days, was difficult to sweep a back-to-back, still the case? Al Montoya’s status “getting close”. Thoughts on Burmistrov’s game. Does decision on giving Pavelec a break rest on Montoya’s status?

Illegal Curve: Players audio from MTS Centre. The Jets are not basking in the glow of yesterday’s win over the Bruins. Instead they have turned their attention to the next game against division rival Washington Capitals. Audio from captain Andrew Ladd, Blake Wheeler, Zach Bogosian and Ondrej Pavelec.

Jets opponent (Capitals) news:

Washington Examiner: Two huge games in one trip to Winnipeg for Capitals. The magnitude of the first of two games is massive and both teams know how important it will be to take clean points away from the game.

Washington Post: Adam Oates on Mike Green – ‘We’ve got to make sure he is ready’. Looks like we will find out later today if Mike Green will be back in the lineup tonight against the Jets. He feels he is ready to return after missing the last 10 straight games.

NHL News:

Orange County Register: Ducks beat the best, topping NHL-leading Chicago. Over in the East this past Sunday, the Bruins and Penguins battled it out and last night the two titans of the West went to war. Led by Teemu Selanne scoring the game winning goal in front of a franchise-record crowd of 17,610 at Honda Center, the home team Ducks pulled out a huge win.

CBC: NHLPA to revisit visor issue this summer. While I said on air last night that I cannot understand the hold-up, it does make sense to make sure you have everyone on board, or at least ensuring they have all the proper information so an informed decision can be made. While I still don’t understand the need to cater to an ever dwindling minority of players, the NHLPA does things in the manner in which they are comfortable.

Globe and Mail: The Answerman fans flames of Igninla’s future. Duhatschek with his usual must-read column.

Globe and Mail: NHL suspends Panthers rookie Eric Selleck for two games. No word how Tom is taking the news.

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NHL Mid-Week with Illegal Curve Replay:


Replay: NHL GM’s meetings. Interview with Dan Wood, radio color analyst for the Anaheim Ducks on KLAA. NHL Trade Deadline: players who may be dealt. 6 Things We Learned This Week. Washington Capitals Penalty Kill. Interview with Jim Fox, color analyst for the LA Kings on FS West. Prospect Pulse. Over/Under, Keep Your Eye On.

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Thursday Afternoon links, March 21st Jets & Capitals news:

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CBC: Winnipeg police lay charges in ticket scam. Good for the police for catching this guy.

NHL.com: Kane developing into premier power forward. Comprehensive read by our friend Patrick Williams on the Jets power forward.


Winnipeg Free Press: Enstrom not dressing for Jets tonight. You know that coach Noel is just itching to get the offensively talented Enstrom back into this lineup, especially to help quarterback the Jets anemic power play. At same time this team is winning and he won’t want to risk re-injury by rushing Tobias back into lineup too quickly.

Winnipeg Sun: Jets look to avenge shut out in back-to-back with Capitals. Whatever motivation this team needs to create to beat the Capitals they should use as tonight’s win is of critical importance in solidifying a playoff position.

Illegal Curve: Coach Noel pre-game scrum. Players taking Maintenance days. Enstrom coming soon. What has Blake Wheeler meant to this team? Playing with coach Noel’s system. Potential to be a 30 goal scorer? Has Ladd’s production surprised him? More on Ladd. Frustrating the opponents? Talk about Mike Green. What does he see from Olli Jokinen? His thoughts on smaller goalie equipment/coach’s challenge.

Puck Buddys: Coming out 2.0. A new Jets site is starting up and writer Remi introduces himself under the Puck Buddys banner. This is part of the You Can Play Project founded by Patrick Burke.

Opponent (Capitals) news:

Monumental Network: Coach Oates pre-game (video). If you want to hear from Capital coach Adam Oates prior to tonight’s important game against the Jets here he is.

Washington Post: Caps morning skate update. Caps beat writer Katie Carrera gives you insight into how Washington looked this morning.

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Friday, March 22nd Jets, opposition (Capitals) and NHL news:

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Jets news:

Winnipeg Free Press: Ladd happy about quick rematch, anxious to reverse result. Being in the Jets room last night I can tell you that the one word I would use to describe the Jets captain would not be happy.

Winnipeg Free Press: Flat Jets hand Caps two points to help rivals’ playoff chances. While you wanted to see the Jets bring a high level of compete last night it simply was not evident. Hopefully this evening will be a better effort.

Winnipeg Free Press: You could almost see this thing coming. So far this season both Capitals games have been brutal. Hard to believe that this is the same team that stayed close and knocked off Boston on Tuesday.

CBC: Will Jets show up in rematch with Caps? It is extremely difficult to sweep these types of double header games, so that at least plays in the Jets favour. Of course they should be Fueled by Embarrassment of last night’s loss and that should be sufficient to get them motivated to win tonight.

Winnipeg Sun: Golden opportunity lost by Jets. The Jets had an opportunity to step on the throats of the Capitals last night but instead they offered them this glimmer of hope. Ken also touches on Miettien’s close calls, decision on Pavelec, potential injury to Stuart, James Wright scrap.


Winnipeg Sun: No point dwelling on loss says Jets captain Andrew Ladd. Nothing you can do about it. The Jets played a stinker and they have almost no time to get things turned around as they face the Capitals again tonight.

Winnipeg Sun: Winnipeg Jets goalies vehemently against more equipment changes. Both goalies make valid points. These same thoughts were discussed by Richard on Wednesday’s NHL Mid-Week with Illegal Curve.

Jets on a Deadline – Capitals 4 Jets 0:


Winnipeg Jets: Zach Bogosian, Antti Miettinen and Andrew Ladd.

Coach Noel post-game presser. Following his team’s 4-0 loss to the Capitals, coach Noel spoke with the media.

Washington Capitals: Coach Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Troy Brouwer.

Illegal Curve Post-game podcast from the Press box: Guest Host Michael Remis and Analyst Richard Pollock break down the Jets play against the Capitals.

Jets on a Deadline: Game recaps, post-game audio, video highlights and the NHL.com 3 Stars of the night.

Jets opponent news:

National Post: Mike Ribeiro one of the few things going right for Capitals this year. It was why his name was being mentioned as possible trade bait if the Capitals had continued to slide.

NHL news:

CBC: Players feel safer with rule changes. The players are a valuable asset and ownerships wants to ensure that these guys are healthy and productive on the ice. Very important to ensure that these high priced athletes have the best protection possible.

Star-Ledger: Martin Brodeur scores goal in return as Devils top Hurricanes, 4-1. Not bad for a return from injury. Forget the big win, Brodeur added to his goals total.

Globe and Mail: NHL suspends Joffrey Lupul for two games. Despite it being his first infraction it seemed like a very suspend-able offence. Good call by the NHL.

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Friday Afternoon, March 22nd Jets news:

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Jets news:

Scott Brown (Director Corporate Communications & Hockey Operations) just tweeted: #NHLJets will face the Boston Bruins in a preseason game at the Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon on September 27, 2013.

Winnipeg Free Press: Need to play harder. The play seemed very laissez-faire by many Jets yesterday and clearly coach Noel believes that it wasn’t his plan of attack that needs changing but instead the effort given by this troops.

Winnipeg Sun: Live chat. Join the Sun writers as they chat about tonight’s game.

TSN: Pavelec gets nod. Pavelec’s numbers might not be off the charts but coach Noel is riding his number one netminder during this stretch.


Illegal Curve: Coach Noel pre-game scrum. Haven’t watched tape yet. Given different periods to different coaches. Stuart is game-time decision. Potential lineup changes. Pavelec playing tonight. If on merit, could pull entire team out. Over analyzing games. Room has to sort out what they want to do. No X and O tactical adjustments (“If you can find the coaching manual that has the chapter on this problem, show me!”). The plan is to play better/harder/etc. 6 pm start time is fine. He has been in this situation before but because he is older better able to handle it. Did not address team this morning.

Illegal Curve: Game day preview as Jets face Capitals. Less than 24 hours following a 4-0 loss, Ezzy breaks down tonight’s action.

Illegal Curve: Winnipeg Jets Morning Papers. If you missed any of today’s news, we have you covered.

Opponent (Capitals) news:

Washington Post: Braden Holtby to start again against Jets. He made some excellent saves to keep his team in the game, which is exactly what you want your goaltender to do.

Washington Post: The problem with the Capitals power play. We broke down the Capitals special teams during a couple of NHL Mid-Week shows and here is Katie Carrera with her thoughts on the Washington pp.

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Saturday, March 23rd Jets news:

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Jets news:

Winnipeg Free Press: Contender, or pretender? After giving up a chance to step on the Capitals throats and essentially eliminate them from catching the Jets, the above caption was inevitable. In two games against a division rival the Jets gave up 10 goals and saw a lot of this type of celebrating as compared to the measly one goal they scored in response.


Winnipeg Free Press: Hope and ruin – both are distinct possibilities. Amazingly the Jets remain in 3rd spot in the Eastern Conference.

Winnipeg Free Press: Kane still optimistic with eye on Tampa. As he should be. It isn’t as if Winnipeg is 14th and just blew a chance to climb into playoff contention. While losing another two games to a division rival certainly didn’t instill confidence in this team, they won’t be throwing in the towel.

Winnipeg Free Press: Spotlight on Evander Kane. Taking a look at the evening the Jets power forward had yesterday.

Winnipeg Sun: No magic solution for what ails Jets. The look on the coach’s face as the game concluded said it all. Prior to last night’s game he indicated that we would see what type of team the Jets were as they looked to rebound from Thursday’s loss to the Capitals. While his post game presser certainly wasn’t doom and gloom, he is clearly not happy with his troops.


TSN: Better effort, but similar result for Jets vs. Caps. Unlike on Thursday, the feeling was had the Jets scored quickly in response to the Capitals first or even second goal they could have been back in that game.

Winnipeg Free Press: Operation mystery ailments. It is certainly humourous when you heard Buff describe his injury as wax in his ears last month. Teams love to give the generic upper or lower body injury statement. Ed with a very interesting article on this position teams adopt with respect to injuries.

Jets on a Deadline – Capitals 6 Jets 1:


Winnipeg Jets: Nik Antropov, Olli Jokinen and Ondrej Pavelec.

Coach Noel post-game presser. Following his team’s 6-1 loss to the Capitals, coach Noel spoke with the media.

Washington Capitals: Coach Adam Oates, Troy Brouwer, Brooks Laich and Mike Ribeiro.

Illegal Curve Post-game podcast from the Press box: Guest Host Michael Remis and Analyst Richard Pollock break down the Jets play against the Capitals.

Jets on a Deadline: Game recaps, post-game audio, video highlights and the NHL.com 3 Stars of the night.

NHL news:

Columbus Dispatch: Flamed in a flash. All it took was 1:15 to give the Blue Jackets three goals and another victory as their improbable 12 game points streak continues. While Jets fans haven’t paid much attention to the West this season, Columbus is on is quite an impressive run for a team that has gone from the basement to tied for 8th spot.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Slow start, fast finish for Penguins. One team you cannot help but notice are the Pittsburgh Penguins who did the Jets a favour last night as they polished off the Islanders for their 11th straight victory.

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