WINNIPEG – Winnipeg Jets fans can expect head coach Paul Maurice and general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff to continue being the ones mandated with turning the club into a playoff contender.
The two met with reporters Monday, two days after the Jets (40-35-7) missed the NHL playoffs for the fifth time in six seasons since relocating from Atlanta. Despite that, contract extensions are expected for both.
WINNIPEG – The Winnipeg Jets know what went right, and what went wrong, in their 2016-17 season.
Talented young players and the ability to score goals were the bright spots. Inconsistent defence, goaltending and plenty of injuries hurt. But as the players cleaned out their lockers Sunday after missing the NHL playoffs for the fifth time in six seasons, they were collectively optimistic about the future.
TORONTO – Erik Karlsson called it “crap.” Alex Ovechkin threatened outright disobedience. Others said the NHL was crushing dreams and wondered if the fight was really over.
Reaction was mostly fiery to the NHL’s decision not to halt the 2017-18 season for players to attend the 2018 Olympics. Ovechkin responded as one might expect, reiterating his long-held stance that he’ll attend the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, whether the NHL decides to go or not.
WINNIPEG – Mark Scheifele and the Winnipeg Jets may be out of the playoff picture, but they’re still fighting hard to play spoiler.
Scheifele’s overtime winner capped three unanswered goals for Winnipeg Thursday night, as the Anaheim Ducks surrendered a two-goal lead in the final 8:25 of regulation before falling 4-3 in overtime at MTS Centre.
The University of North Dakota is cutting its women’s hockey program amid pending shortages to state funding.
Four Manitoba players are currently on the Fighting Hawks roster, including forwards Ryleigh Houston and goalie Annie Chipman of Winnipeg, defenceman Halli Krzyzaniak of Neepawa, and Kristen Campbell of Brandon. Chipman is the daughter of Winnipeg Jets chairman Mark Chipman.