Drew Stafford is coming back to Winnipeg, and he couldn’t be happier about it.
“I did have this in mind as far as extending in Winnipeg. It was an option from day one when I arrived,” he said. “I had such a great experience there with all the guys and playing under Paul (Maurice) and the rest of the coaching staff, and the way I was treated by Mr. Chipman and (Kevin Cheveldayoff). It was one of those things where I got the offer and I was extremely excited.”
The 29-year-old forward signed a two-year contract with an average annual value of $4.35 million. In 26 games with the Winnipeg Jets, Stafford recorded 19 points. He was part of the February 11 trade with the Buffalo Sabres, that saw Stafford, Tyler Myers, Joel Armia, Brendan Lemieux and a 2015 first-round pick (Jack Roslovic) come to Winnipeg in exchange for Evander Kane, Zach Bogosian,
and Jason Kasdorf.
Jacob Trouba played in 65 regular-season and four playoff games with the Jets this season. Overall during the 2014-15 campaign, the defenceman tallied seven goals and 15 assists for 22 points
before adding another two in the playoffs. Here are some additional numbers that stood out
from No. 8 this season.
PORTLAND WINTERHAWKS VS KELOWNA ROCKETS (Game 3)
Winnipeg Jets prospects played a big role in Portland’s 7-3 win in Game 3.
Nic Petan recorded three assists, while Chase De Leo scored once, and added an assist for the Winterhawks.
Josh Morrissey (Kelowna) had four penalty minutes and was a -2 in the loss.
Portland now leads the best-of-seven series 2-1, with Game 4. tonight.
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RIMOUSKI OCEANIC VS VAL-D’OR OREURS (Game 3)
Jan Kostalek, the Winnipeg Jets 4th round selection in 2013, and his Rimouski Oceanic picked up a 4-2 win over Val-D’or last night.
Kostalek had six shots on goal and was a -1 in the win. In 12 playoff games in 2015, Kostalek has four goals and 11 points.
The Oceanic can clinch the series and a spot in the QMJHL final tonight in Game 4.
A look at the stats from the 5-2 loss in game four.
A look at the stats from the 5-4 overtime loss in game three.
A look at the stats from the 2-1 loss in game two.
AT THE MORNING SKATE
ANAHEIM, California -- Mathieu Perreault is doing everything he can to get back in the line-up.
The forward was injured in game 81 of the regular season in Colorado. He was listed as a game time decision for Thursday’s series opener against Anaheim, but didn’t crack the line-up.
Now with game two set to go tonight at 9:30 pm CT at Honda Center, Perreault’s status remains the same: Game time decision.
“It felt pretty good this morning. We'll see what the coaches are thinking,” Perreault said. “I'm just trying to get ready to play a game, and if I'm in, I'm in. And if I'm not, I'll keep trying to get better.”
Perreault took the morning skate in Andrew Ladd’s place, skating alongside Bryan Little and Michael Frolik. Ladd is expected to play tonight against Anaheim. For maintenance purposes, Paul Maurice has kept Ladd off the ice in morning skates.
ANAHEIM, California -- During the push for the playoff spot the Winnipeg Jets earned this season, they had to rebound from some tough losses. It’s something they did well down the stretch, so following Thursday’s loss to Anaheim, Paul Maurice had a few one-liners ready for the media.
“I’m going to have a list of all the adjustments that we will make in our game printed out and handed out tomorrow morning,” he joked when asked about Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry’s combined seven points in game one. “They're good players so you can't be surprised when they do generate some offence over the course of the game… I was very comfortable with the volume of offence we gave up in the game.”
Mixed in with his remarks, Maurice said he liked how his team played in the 4-2 loss. With a number of players experiencing their first taste of the Stanley Cup playoffs, he felt the Jets handled the situation well.
“The result of the game wasn't hinged on experience,” he said. “We came out right. We came out, for a young team with little playoff experience, playing very well. I was happy with that, and now the series is on.”Read on...