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Crunch Time Not A Distraction For Jets on the Bubble

By Scott Billeck

The Winnipeg Jets are down to 27 players remaining at training camp and while four cuts still remain, players aren’t feeling the heat just yet.

“Good, I feel fine,” said Chris Thorburn who has seen just one game in pre-season due to injury. “You always do (feel pressure to perform) in training camp, it is always competitive.  It is no different than any other training camp, you come in here and compete and see what happens.”

Chris Thorburn.

Chris Thorburn.

Thorburn said it is easy to shut out the distractions and commentary on his place in the squad.

“I just don’t read anything or listen to you guys (media),” Thorburn said. “I just got to keep to myself and do what I have been doing my whole career.”

Zach Redmond also finds himself in a battle with nine defenceman still left in training camp. Redmond preferred not to comment on where he stands with the club when asked Wednesday.

“You know what, I can’t answer your question really,” Redmond said. “I think there are eight or nine defenceman and whether they keep seven or eight, I am not really sure.

“I knew coming in that I would have to at the top of my game to make the team. Where it stands I am not too sure, but we will see in the next couple of days.”

Zach Redmond (Photo by Shawn Coates)

Zach Redmond (Photo by Shawn Coates)

Redmond downplayed a potential battle between himself and fellow defenceman, Paul Postma.

“I can’t even comment to be honest,” said Redmond. “I think I just need to keep doing whatever I have been doing – keep focus in practice and the games and doing exactly what I can while I am here.

“I need to show I want to be here, I think they know that, and keep working hard.  If it is my time it will be and if it is not, then I’ll work hard to be right back up here.”

Jets head coach Claude Noel didn’t give any clear cut answers on Wednesday stating that there “isn’t any clear cut answers yet.”

Meanwhile, the Jets will take a few days off for some bonding time in Banff after their game against the Boston Bruins in Saskatoon on Friday night.

Andrew Ladd. (Photo by Shawn Coates)

Andrew Ladd. (Photo by Shawn Coates)

Jets captain Andrew Ladd thinks that it will be a good time to get to know everyone a little bit better and get prepared for the tough season ahead.

“It is going to be nice to be together as a group every day,” Ladd said. “For the most part we have been in two different groups he whole time, there are a lot of guys we haven’t really even seen throughout this whole training camp. So to have this weekend together and get a chance to go to Banff and do some team building and get away from everything really for a few days and and focus on the start of the year – it is going to be a positive thing for us.”

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