NHL, The Zone, Winnipeg Jets March 29, 2017
By Scott Taylor
Photo by James Carey Lauder
It’s official. Although, many Winnipeg Jets fans have been waiting for this day since Christmas.
news, The Zone, Winnipeg Jets December 6, 2016
By Scott Taylor
Photos by James Carey Lauder
For the Winnipeg Jets, the first period is over. The Jets have passed the one-third mark in the 2016-17
campaign and from a still-reasonably small sample there are a handful of things we know for sure: MORE>
The Zone July 3, 2016
By Scott Taylor
Since he’s still nursing the after-effects of minor knee surgery, Patrik Laine isn’t skating at Winnipeg Jets development camp.
That gave him plenty of time to sit down with Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff and sign his new contract.
The Jets have formally announced that Laine has signed a three-year $10.725 NHL entry-level contract worth an average annual value of $3.575 million which includes $2.65 million in bonuses.
news, NHL, The Zone, Winnipeg Jets July 1, 2016
By Scott Taylor
Brian Strait played 52 games with the New York Islanders last season, The lefthanded shooting defenseman will now play on the blueline for the Winnipeg Jets.
events, features, news, Team Canada, The Zone July 1, 2016
By Scott Taylor
Cody Glass and Brett Davis might play on different Western Hockey League teams, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t best pals. It also doesn’t mean they wouldn’t like to play together on a team this isn’t in the WHL in August.
CIS, news, opinion, People, U of M Bisons June 3, 2014
The University of Manitoba Bisons men’s hockey coach Mike Sirant had reason to smile on Tuesday. Sirant has announced that defenseman Rene Hunter and forward Chad Robinson from the Western Hockey League’s Brandon Wheat Kings along with Joel Schreyer from the Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s Winnipeg Blues have formally committed to play with the Bisons in the 2014-15 season.
The Washington Capitals made a good decision on Monday. By hiring Barry Trotz as their new head coach, the Caps got a guy who has an uncanny ability to get something out of nothing.
By Scott Billeck – @scottbilleck
This will not, under any circumstances, be an attempt to promote the concept of advanced statistics in hockey. Not by any stretch. What it is, is a skeptic’s look at the game’s so-called “fancy” stats and how even the staunchest of conservatives can be reformed.
NHL, opinion, The Zone, Winnipeg Jets April 12, 2014
Friday night, the Winnipeg Jets finished the 2013-14 National Hockey League season with a 5-3 win over the Flames in Calgary. Now the Jets brass has to decide how the team will move forward.
NHL, People, The Zone, Winnipeg Jets April 11, 2014
The Winnipeg Jets might have played their best hockey game of the season on Thursday night. Too bad they waited 81 games to look as good as they did.
features, NHL, opinion, People, Winnipeg Jets April 5, 2014
NHL, opinion, The Zone, Winnipeg Jets April 4, 2014
The Winnipeg Jets have been eliminated from the playoffs. With four games to play, the Jets can’t catch Dallas or Phoenix because the Stars and Coyotes face each other in the final game of the season so one of those teams will get two more points and the Jets have simply run out of games.
NHL, The Zone, Winnipeg Jets March 13, 2014
In a home game against the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday night, a game that the Winnipeg Jets pretty much dominated from start to finish, the last thing that made any sense was a 3-2 loss. Now, without a miracle, the only thing that will make sense this summer will be major changes.
NHL, The Zone, Winnipeg Jets February 8, 2014
Those who were disappointed with the Winnipeg Jets 4-3 shootout loss to the St. Louis Blues on Saturday afternoon should take heart. Did anyone out there have anything but a frivolous Sport Select ticket with the Jets to win on it? I mean, if you bought a ticket on Saturday morning with the Jets-Blues game on it, surely you had the Blues.
NHL, The Zone, Winnipeg Jets January 29, 2014
Two periods are over. The Winnipeg Jets have passed the two-thirds mark of the 2013-14 campaign and despite all the recent optimism (much of it my own), the Jets laid a bit of an egg at home on Tuesday night.
features, NHL, The Zone, Winnipeg Jets January 27, 2014
For the first two periods in Chicago on Sunday night, the Winnipeg Jets were done. They were outskated, outhustled, outworked and completely outplayed. But they didn’t quit.
NHL, The Zone, Winnipeg Jets January 12, 2014
On Sunday morning, the Winnipeg Jets fired head coach Claude Noel and assistant Perry Pearn. Was anyone surprised?
There is a hockey team out there with no way to get to the Sochi Olympics and yet I’d be prepared to bet they could win a medal. Maybe even silver.
features, NHL, opinion, The Zone, Winnipeg Jets January 1, 2014
The Winnipeg Jets have won three straight games, pulled above .500 and made some noise in the Central Division of the Western Conference.
By Scott Taylor
From all of us here at The Manitoba Hockey News, we want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year and a wonderful Holiday Season. And now, it’s off to 2014.
features, NHL, opinion, The Zone, Winnipeg Jets December 24, 2013
At this stage of the development of the former Atlanta Thrashers, Winnipeg Jets followers tend to fall into two categories: (1) Those who believe the Jets have good players and the coach can’t get anything out of them and (2) those who believe the Jets have lousy players and the coach is doing the best he can.
features, Manitoba NHL Players, news, NHL, The Zone December 18, 2013
Jonathan Toews, the captain of the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks is the highest-paid Manitoba-born hockey player (in history) at $6.5 million per season. the new No. 2, passing New Jersey Devils forward Travis Zajac, who makes $5.75 million per season, is Alexander Steen.
features, NHL, opinion, The Zone, Winnipeg Jets December 15, 2013
One dumb play and the Winnipeg Jets will now need a miracle to make the playoffs. And it’s not even Christmas yet.
NHL, opinion, The Zone, Winnipeg Jets December 11, 2013
You’ve probably heard that the Winnipeg Jets have a clique of former Atlanta Thrashers players who seem to run the locker room. You’ve probably heard that GM Kevin Cheveldayoff and head coach Claude Noel either didn’t know the clique existed or don’t think it’s important enough to worry about. You’ve probably heard that the Jets are sold out for five years so the brass doesn’t have to hurry when it comes to improving the hockey club.
NHL, The Zone, Winnipeg Jets December 7, 2013
TAMPA, Fla. — Late Saturday night, Mark Scheifele, who had been virtually invisible for 61 minutes, tapped in a perfect pass from Blake Wheeler at 1:04 of overtime to give the Winnipeg Jets a 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning.
news, NHL, opinion, The Zone, Winnipeg Jets November 26, 2013
On Saturday afternoon, Zach Parise talked about the National Hockey League’s Eastern Conference. As always, he was generous.
features, NHL, opinion, Winnipeg Jets November 18, 2013
NHL, opinion, The Zone, Winnipeg Jets November 13, 2013
I’m sure there are hockey fans in Detroit who have plenty of excuses tonight. After all, the Red Wings won more faceoffs (28-23), they had more shots (43-21 – 16-2 in the third period) and they even had more blocked shots (12-8). Those fans will probably say the Wings also had a lot — a lot! — more scoring chances.
NHL, The Zone, Winnipeg Jets November 7, 2013
ST. PAUL — After watching the Minnesota Wild blast the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night, one got the sense that the Wild had found their game. It was Minnesota’s sixth win in its last seven games and if that keeps up it will make life a lot more difficult for the Winnipeg Jets.
NHL, opinion, The Zone, Winnipeg Jets November 5, 2013
Andrew Ladd put the dagger into the tired hearts of the Detroit Red Wings on Monday night. His goal at 10:57 of the third period sent the Red Wings back to the Motor City with a 3-1 record on their four-game road trip and sent home another crowd of 15,004 at MTS Centre deliriously happy.
features, opinion, Winnipeg Jets October 26, 2013
The honeymoon is over in Jets Land. They say that the first year of marriage is the hardest. And if not the first year then the second year. For the Jets, however, neither was the case. The third time though, that’s the charm.
news, NHL, The Zone, Winnipeg Jets October 20, 2013
Benching Evander Kane for a number of shifts in the second period, sending Devin Setoguchi to the press box and losing Jacob Trouba to injury didn’t cut short the comeback. And that says a lot about luck, tough decisions and not giving up.
news, NHL, The Zone, Winnipeg Jets October 16, 2013
Sometimes you just have to wonder how things get done these days. Take for instance Tuesday night’s performance by the Winnipeg Jets. That was a job that just didn’t get done.
Manitoba NHL Players, news, NHL, People, The Zone October 13, 2013
Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill remembers the day this past off-season when his new head coach, Lindy Ruff, called prospect Ryan Garbutt to talk about training camp.
NHL, People, The Zone, Winnipeg Jets October 7, 2013
Teemu Selanne, soon-to-be fulltime golfer, says farewell to the Winnipeg fans in the place where it all started.
WINNIPEG – It was quite appropriate for Teemu Selanne to make a video about golf.
news, NHL, People, The Zone, Winnipeg Jets October 2, 2013
Jacob Trouba was the game’s first star, Mark Scheifele scored the Jets first goal and Michael Frolic scored the winner. The Winnipeg Jets newcomers certainly made their marks in Game 1.
news, NHL, People, The Zone, Winnipeg Jets September 30, 2013
Zach Bogisian and I have at least one thing in common. We despise pre-season hockey.
brandon wheat kings, features, People, The Zone, WHL September 12, 2013
BRANDON — Rene Hunter isn’t the type of young hockey player who is likely to talk your ear off. Shy and respectful, he’s one of the nicest young players you could ever hope to meet. It’s just that he prefers to let his play on the ice do the talking.
features, NHL, People, The Zone, Winnipeg Jets September 11, 2013
The Winnipeg Jets are not, I repeat, NOT, a lock to make the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs. However, as training camp opens on Wednesday, there are plenty of folks around these parts who want to believe they might be.
events, news, NHL, The Zone, Winnipeg Jets June 30, 2013
Kevin Cheveldayoff did it again. As he did with Mark Scheifele in 2011, he selected a player rated much lower than his draft position at the 2013 National Hockey League entry draft on Sunday.
Cheveldayoff and the Winnipeg Jets selected a player who likely won’t play for the team until 2016-17, defenseman Josh Morrissey from the Prince Albert Raiders.
events, Manitoba NHL Players, news, NHL, stanley cup playoffs, The Zone June 25, 2013
When Jonathan Toews hoisted the Stanley Cup above his head on Monday night, it was the second time Winnipeg’s own had earned the pleasure in the past four years.
Manitoba NHL Players, news, NHL, The Zone, Winnipeg Jets June 15, 2013
There never seemed to be any doubt that Paul MacLean was coach of the year in the National Hockey League in 2013.
Manitoba NHL Players, news, NHL, People June 14, 2013
A couple of days after head coach Dan Bylsma re-upped with the Pittsburgh Penguins for two years (and just a few days after former Toronto Maple Leafs GM turned SportsNet hockey pundit Bill Watters tweeted that “Dan is done.”), the Pens announced the signing of superstar Evgeni Malkin.
Manitoba NHL Players, news, NHL, The Zone June 10, 2013
It will be an historic championship series. Not since 1979 have two of the NHL’s Original Six teams met up in the Stanley Cup final (that year, the Montreal Canadiens took out the New York Rangers in five games).
NHL, People, stanley cup playoffs, The Zone May 30, 2013
There will be Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Zdeno Chara and Milan Lucic in the Eastern Final. Winnipeg’s own Jonathan Toews along with Patrick Kane, Mike Richards and Anze Kopitar in the Western Final. Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?
NHL, stanley cup playoffs, The Zone May 14, 2013
Good matchups become better matchups when the timing is right. Now that the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs are upon us, it’s easy to see which teams are likely out of gas and which teams are rested and ready (or rusty).
Manitoba NHL Players, NHL, stanley cup playoffs, The Zone May 11, 2013
There is nothing better than the Stanley Cup playoffs because we always end up having nights like tonight. Is there anything better than a Game 7? Yep, two of them.
Manitoba NHL Players, NHL, People, The Zone May 10, 2013
Sometimes, as you watch the Toronto Maple Leafs, you just can’t help but feel sorry for them.
When the Stanley Cup playoffs start next week, just think about three things: Chicago Blackhawks, great goaltending and Alex Ovechkin.
Manitoba NHL Players, NHL, The Zone April 22, 2013
OK, fantasy hockey players, the playoffs are just about upon us. On Sunday night, the final regular season games will be played and the 2013 Stanley Cup tournament will open early next week.
There will be no runaway winner of the Calder Trophy this season. However, since he’s the leading scorer among rookies, let’s say Jonathan Huberdeau is the front-runner (although I like Brandon Saad in Chicago, but we’ll get to that later).
Normally, at this time of a National Hockey League season, I’d be preparing to do a sell job for Nashville Predators head coach Barry Trotz as the National Hockey League’s coach of the year.
features, NHL, The Zone, Winnipeg Jets April 14, 2013
It has been suggested that the reason the Winnipeg Jets decided to pay Olli Jokinen $4.5 million a year for two years was to reach “the floor” of the NHL’s the salary cap regulations.
Hall of Fame, Manitoba NHL Players, news, People April 9, 2013Born on August 13, 1893 in Selkirk, Bullet Joe Simpson came out of the Selkirk Fishermen Junior program and excelled on the world stage as a member of the Western Canadian Hockey League’s Edmonton Eskimos and later as a star with the National Hockey League’s New York Americans. And on Tuesday, it was announced that he was being inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame.
NHL, The Zone, Winnipeg Jets April 7, 2013
The National Hockey League’s trade deadline has come and gone and it was a good day for the Boston Bruins, Columbus Blue Jackets and Minnesota Wild.
The first in a two-part series on the best and worst that money can buy in the National Hockey League. In Part 1, we start with the Five Best for 2012-13.
There is one part of the National Hockey League’s collective bargaining agreement that the National Football League loves. It’s a part of the NHL CBA that the NFL would love to negotiate into its next CBA.
news, The Zone, western hockey league, Winnipeg Jets April 6, 2013
There have been so many great Western Hockey League players from Manitoba that the list staggering. From Russell’s Theoren Fleury to Winnipeg’s Brendan Shinnimin to Brandon’s Michael Ferland, there have been and style are, players who were terrific in the WHL.
NHL, The Zone, Winnipeg Jets April 2, 2013
Time for the Manitoba Hockey News Question of the Day: The National Hockey League trade deadline is Wednesday, April 3 at 2 p.m. CST. Does that matter to the Winnipeg Jets?
news, NHL, People, The Zone, Winnipeg Jets March 31, 2013
Since the advent of the Salary Cap in 2005, the National Hockey League’s trade deadline has become a lot less important than it used to be.
There are a lot of National Hockey League teams that are hard not to like. With only 14 or 15 games remaining in the season, there are more than a handful of clubs that look like contenders come playoff time.
features, NHL, The Zone, Winnipeg Jets March 25, 2013
Craig Anderson has had a tremendous start to the 2013 lockout-shortened National Hockey League season. Corey Crawford has been good, too. Martin Brodeur has looked like the Martin Brodeur of 2002.
features, NHL, People, The Zone, Winnipeg Jets March 22, 2013
You can probably mail Sidney Crosby his Hart Trophy this week. Sure, he could still get hurt (in recent years, that’s been his M.O.), but all things being equal, the captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins has clearly been the best player in this lockout-shortened season.
features, NHL, The Zone, Winnipeg Jets March 18, 2013
Zdeno Chara says he’s striving to improve with every game; Duncan Keith has come back brilliantly from last year’s downer; Dustin Bygfuglien is one of the most exciting players in the game; and Oliver Ekman-Larsson has a six-year deal with the Coyotes and is playing like a grateful man.
NHL, People, The Zone, Winnipeg Jets March 14, 2013
Tampa Bay Lightning star Vincent Lecavalier was placed on injured reserve yesterday and will be out indefinitely with the dreaded “lower-body injury.” He’ll join teammates Matthias Ohlund, Matt Taormina, Benoit Pouliot, Tom Pyatt and Mathieu Garon on the NHL’s injured list.
features, NHL, People, The Zone, Winnipeg Jets March 10, 2013
TAMPA, Fla. — When Ondrej Pavelec is at his best, the Winnipeg Jets can be a pretty good hockey team. When the team stays out of the penalty box, the Jets can be competitive and lately, even if they do get hammered with penalties, they can still be good. The first half of the NHL season has been good for the Winnipeg Jets and here’s why…
features, NHL, The Zone, Winnipeg Jets March 9, 2013
TAMPA, Fla. — Most National Hockey League teams have either reached the 24-game mark or are just about to get there and during the first six weeks of this year’s condensed schedule we’ve learned a lot.
features, NHL, People, The Zone, Winnipeg Jets February 28, 2013
Let me preface this by saying, I believe fighting could be eliminated from hockey. In the perfect world, there is certainly no need for tough guys to go nose-to-nose every night.
features, Manitoba NHL Players, NHL, The Zone, Uncategorized February 8, 2013
Although Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender James Reimer never left the church, never even considered a life that didn’t include the Lord, he will quite openly admit that he’s “reborn.”
Hall of Fame, The Zone January 27, 2013
This year, Joe Sakic, Mats Sundin, Pavel Bure and Adam Oates were inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. “I had a chance to play 20 years, got to lift the Stanley Cup twice and was able to play for my country and win a Gold Medal,” said Sakic. “But this is the greatest honour I’ve ever received.” MORE>
There was a time when Kevin Kaiser was one of Winnipeg’s top hockey prospects. He played for the Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s South Blues, went on to the University of Minnesota-Duluth and was drafted by the Quebec Nordiques (85th overall) in 1989. MORE>