Early in the 2015-2016 season, Dustin Byfuglien would occasionally be asked about his contract status with the Winnipeg Jets.
All those questions stopped on Feb. 8, 2016.
That was the day the big defenseman signed a five-year extension with the Jets. The move was popular not only with the fans, but with his teammates as well. Byfuglien was mauled by his teammates in the neutral zone at Scottrade Center in St. Louis when head coach Paul Maurice announced the news.
Speed, leadership, and work ethic. Those are just three words that come to the mind of Winnipeg Jets fans when they think of forward Blake Wheeler.
He showed plenty of that on the ice in the 2015-2016 season, even though the team didn’t achieve its goal of reaching the post season. Wheeler said many times as the number of regular season games dwindled that there would be time for reflection on his personal stats.
Perhaps this can be that time.
But this was no ordinary day.
Joining the netminders (all between the ages of eight and twelve) was none other than Winnipeg Jets goaltender Michael Hutchinson.
“Obviously it’s one of those experiences where it’s nice to be able to give back and be on the ice with the kids, and see how excited they do get when they see you,” Hutchinson said following the one-hour session. “I tried to help them out as much as I could.”
WINNIPEG -- This was the first year that Winnipeg Jets development camp had two scrimmages during the week, and Logan Stanley made sure to make his final skate at MTS Iceplex count before heading home to train.
Stanley scored two beautiful goals during today’s game, helping Team Blue to a 6-4 win over Team White. For Stanley, it was a sign of the comfort that had been growing all week.
“I think I was a little bit nervous when I came out for the first practice and the stands were full of fans,” said the 6’7 defenseman, who scored five goals with the OHL’s Windsor Spitfires this season. “It’s been an awesome week and the nerves definitely went down as it went on.”Read on...
WINNIPEG -- After the prospects worked overtime in Tuesday night’s scrimmage, any thoughts of an easier Wednesday practice went out the window when Paul Maurice stepped on the ice.
Maurice, along with assistant coaches Charlie Huddy and Jamie Kompon, have been watching all the ice sessions this week. But their presence on the ice gave today’s 90-minute skate a different feel.
“Whenever he’s on the ice he’s obviously a great leader, not just coach. He has a great way with words,” said forward Brendan Lemieux. “He’s always reminding you what you’re doing, and why you’re doing it.”
That reason? Pace. Lemieux said Maurice’s reasoning for that was simple.
WINNIPEG – Sometimes a young player signs his first NHL contract in a boardroom. Other times, a deal is reached on a phone that doesn’t even belong to the prospect signing the deal.
Patrik Laine’s experience was more like the former, as the second-overall selection in the 2016 NHL Draft shook hands and put pen to paper with Kevin Cheveldayoff Sunday at MTS Iceplex.
“It’s quite awesome to sign my first NHL contract. I’ve always wanted to do that, and now I’ve done it. I’m proud of myself,” said Laine.
His three-year entry-level contract carries an AAV of $3.575 million, which includes $2.65 million in bonuses.Read on...
WINNIPEG -- Despite a season that saw him reach a career high in points (78) and finish with points in 11 straight games, Blake Wheeler only feels disappointment.
After making the Stanley Cup playoffs last season, the Winnipeg Jets are on the outside looking in after 82 games.
“There will be a time for sure when I’m able to reflect on it, and I’ll be proud of the work I’ve put in,” said Wheeler. “Certainly coming into the year, being pretty excited about where we left off last year, looking to build on that, it’s disappointing.”
The Jets finished the season with a 35-39-8 record, putting them seventh in the Central Division. Just like 2014-2015, five Central Division teams will play for the Stanley Cup, tied with the Metropolitan Division for the most in the league.
But it wasn’t the team’s 11-16-2 record within the Division that Wheeler believes why MTS Centre won’t see playoff hockey this spring.Read on...
A quick look at the stats from the 4-3 shootout win over Los Angeles.
LOS ANGELES, California -- Only 184 days after it began, the Winnipeg Jets regular season comes to an end tonight in Los Angeles against the Kings.
“It’s no secret that this year has been a disappointing season for us,” said forward Adam Lowry. “The way we’ve played just shows the kind of guys we have in this room … Playing these teams that are gearing up for playoffs, it’s a good measuring stick. “
The Jets have measured up well in those games. The last four games have been against playoff bound Western Conference teams, and Winnipeg has a record of 3-0-1, including the season’s first three-game win streak.
Pushing that to four games would improve on the 11-8-1 record the Jets have against Pacific Division teams, but it would also throw a wrench in the Kings’ attempt to win the franchise’s second division title.Read on...