The Jets taking advantage of the rule that says that you can trade a potential unrestricted free agent for anything and in this case they had managed to get themselves a new draft pick. While a fifth round pick does not seem like much, but it means the Jets have one more draft pick than they had before and that is a huge win for them.
The Jets will now need to find a centre to play on their second line. Hopefully Bryan Little can be that man, but for the past two seasons the Jets have looked at filling in the gap at the trade deadline instead of going forward as is. It might be something to look at even though the Jets have more pressing needs at other positions.
While the return on investment for Hayes is not as good as it was for Paul Statsny, they did decide that they were not even going to pursue him this off-season and off-loaded him to someone who would trade for him. It was a prudent move and good asset management on the Jets front. Could the return have been better if he had more success in Winnipeg prior to the end of the season? It is hard to say because these trades rarely amount to any real asset being moved.
According to The Fourth Period, Patrik Laine will explore all his options as a restricted free agent. This means he is open to offer sheets. However, The Fourth Period has not usually been a reliable source and it is comment to think that any high-end RFA would explore other options is a very normal course of thinking.
What are Laine’s options? He can sign a contract with the Winnipeg Jets or he can sign an offer sheet. He was no other options. He is 21 right now and does not have arbitration rights. He is four years away from unrestricted free agency and he has limited options to explore.
It should be noted that every off-season we get mentions of offer sheets and yet they rarely happen to the “big players” Instead, they rarely get an offer sheet and instead eventually sign with their team after a negotiation period. We will probably see this with Mitch Marner in Toronto as well even thought Darren Dreger speculated that the would go and visit other teams at a certain point.
The player with the Jets to really watch is Jacob Trouba who seems to have one foot out the door. The threat with Trouba to go to an offer sheet can easily be nullified by the Jets by filing for arbitration (unless I forgot and they filed against him last year). This is a tactic teams have used in the past and could use again.
In short: Laine has to sign with the Jets, sign an offer sheet, or go play in Europe. Trouba has more intriguing options, and the NHL has not had a major offer sheet for years.
The Sharks signed left winger Lean Bergmann to a three-year entry-level contract. They signed left winger Jeffrey Viel to a two-year entry-level contract. They signed goaltender Zachary Emond to a three-year entry-level contract.
The Raptors are in the NBA finals! What can the Jets learn from them?
I know this is a hockey blog, but, as huge fan, I urge you all to jump on the bandwagon and support the only major Canadian professional sports franchise in the championship finals of their sport, the Toronto Raptors!
The Raptors president Masai Ujiri has done a masterful job of taking a team that was stuck in the lane of perennial playoff participant to the competing for an NBA title. The Raptors, like the Jets, are viewed as a secondary, “small” (despite the GTA’s huge population) market. For that reason, the Raptors traditionally have suffered some of the same issues that face the Jets when it comes to retaining and attracting free agents.
Yet, they are on the verge of an NBA championship. So, what lessons can the Jets take from the Raptors ascension to building a championship caliber team?
Lesson 1: Doing the same thing and expecting the same result is the definition of insanity
Between 2013-14 the Raptors made the playoffs each year where they lost in the first round twice, the semifinals twice, and the conference finals once. There were some legitimate reasons (Lebron James), but ultimately, the team as constructed was just not good enough to get over the hump. That led to Masai Ujiri’s make some difficult decisions including trading one of the most popular Raptors ever (Demar Derozan), firing a coach of the year winner (Dwane Casey) and trading some high upside young talent for playoff tested veterans. It was a huge gamble.
How does this apply to Jets?
The last five Jets seasons have included two seasons where they did not qualify for the playoffs, two first round losses, and one trip to the conference finals. That’s not exactly crushing it as a franchise. It’s not time to hit the panic button, but, it is time for the Jets brass to take stock. Let’s say the Jets this coming season are knocked out of the playoffs first round, or heaven forbid, miss the playoffs. That’s just not good enough. Kevin Cheveldayoff would need to really think about channeling his inner Masai Ujiri and make some significant changes.
Lesson 2: Don’t fall in love with your own talent
I do believe in continuity in a franchise, being loyal to players, and treating players well. But, ultimately players are assets, and assets should be treated as such. If you have an opportunity to upgrade your assets, you do it. The Raptors had a good core centered around two virtually inseparable best buddies DeRozan and Kyle Lowry. They led a successful run for the team, but, never got to the finals. The Raptors also assembled a core of young talent, some of whom had significant flaws. Jonas Valanciunus was regarded as one of the best young big men in the NBA. But he couldn’t shoot threes, and couldn’t defend well enough to stay on the floor in the playoffs. Masai broke up the bro-fest, and traded Valanciunus for a less upside, but more playoff savvy veteran player, Marc Gasol.
How does this apply to Jets?
The Jets too are led by bosom buddies Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele, and have a collection of impressive young, but flawed talent (hello Patrik Laine). I’m not suggesting Chevy use up his data plan trying to move any of those players specifically. However, I am suggesting that you need to consider all options if you truly want to make it to the finals. And, sometimes you have to swing big. Valanciunus and young talent for Gasol on paper was a lopsided trade for Memphis. But, it made sense for a playoff run. The equivalent would be the Jets trading young assets for Jonathan Toews. Again, I’m not suggesting this trade specifically as I get the risks, upside, salary cap considerations, etc. But, Jonathan Toews would have helped the Jets playoff run this past season more than any of the young talent on our team did. And certainly more than Kevin Hayes did.
Lesson 3: Your best new coach might be right under your nose
The Raptors Nick Nurse is a first year head coach who is in the NBA finals. He was also an assistant with the Raptors since 2013. He replaced a popular, successful coach, who some reported that the players had “tuned out”. Nurse was reportedly well regarded with players as a motivator and strategist, which has been proven correct.
How does this apply to Jets?
Paul Maurice will eventually be replaced by another coach. That’s life as a professional coach. When he is replaced, rather than recycle some coach from the NHL old boys club whose glory days were when Smash Mouth was topping the music charts, perhaps the strategy should be to look within the organization. Further, perhaps a team’s strategy for coaching should always be development from within. Grooming assistant coaches and/or your minor league coaches makes sense. They know the culture and the players, but can tweak things with fresh ideas. When Maurice is fired, I sincerely hope that the Jets at least consider Pascual Vincent along with other outside candidates, and steer clear of the old guard types like Ken Hitchcock, Jacques Martin, and Marc Crawford.
Enjoy supporting Canada’s basketball team! And as always, your points and counter-points are always welcome in the comments section.
It’s a tale as old as time: man scores a goal off the rush and then the rival coach challenges the play for off-side. The goal gets called back because someones skate was millimetres off the ice and the game was stopped for five minutes to see that. Is it really necessary anymore?
Offsides to the extent that they truly does not affect the actual scoring of goals except in extreme circumstances. However, offsides often end a game that has good flow going and slows the game off for minuscule reasons. Are off-sides really worth the hassle the cause?
Without off-sides it would be easier for the game to go faster and because a lot of off-sides are for centimetres at most, not really impact the game beyond making it more fun. Has anyone ever said “thank god for off-sides, this game was too much fun and that whistle made it better.”
Beyond how ending off-side would make the game more exciting and fun, it would allow the NHL to expand video review in other areas and make it more consistent when it comes to goalie interference. The NHL does have other plays that might benefit from video review, but they have one that takes up so much time that adding more parts of the game for review would slow it down even more.
Off-side calls rarely actually impact the end result of a goal as they either happen so far before the goal is scored, it clearly has no impact or it was based on millimetres and takes ten minutes to decide if the player’s skate blade was off the ice. So end off-sides in 2019 and make the game easier to watch.
Can the NHL expand video review and still keep the human element of the refs?
The NHL is going to look into expanding video review in light of a couple controversial missed calls in the playoffs. This would be a gross overreaction to human error and one step closer to robot referees which is what some people clearly want for the league. Human error is what happens in the game frequently and yet we expect perfection from our on-ice officials. That unrealistic expectation is leading the NHL to explore expanding video replay after this post-season.
The advent of video replay can be traced back to one specific Matt Duchene play in 2018. While there was the discussion of video replay before then, Duchene being grossly offside was the final straw that broke the camels back. The goal was a lot and the outcry from the missed call was massive. See the goal for yourself:
2/18/13: Avalanche's Matt Duchene scores after being a mile offside vs. Predators - YouTube
Here’s the problem with it leading to video review: it is one goal, but because it was such a missed call there was an outcry in the media about it and what eventually came out of that outcry was video replay which included off-side reviews.
Off-side reviews might be the most tedious and pointless of all the reviews there are. The officials are usually looking for millimetres of air between skate blades and the ice, sometimes well before the goal is scored. That is not the spirit of the rule nor is it the spirit of video review overall. Reviewing off-sides often means nitpicking for little spaces between skate blades and the ice instead of onerous moments like Matt Duchene in the earlier video.
The NHL has one other major problem with video review: it is not very consistent at all. When it comes to goaltender interference calls, it usually seems like a coin flip as to which way the call will go. If the league cannot have a predictable and consistent video review system when it functions in a limited capacity, why would they expand it to find more missed calls? It seems counter-productive and will only slow the game down more.
The NHL has to understand that their referees are humans and will make mistakes. They can decide to add review (or third party input) on major penalties for example, but to expand video review when all it does is slow the game down seems to go against making the game more fan friendly.
The latest in NHL injury and suspension news. All information from SportsForecaster.com.
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San Jose Sharks
May 21: Centre Tomas Hertl is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury. Right winger Joe Pavelski is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury. Defenceman Erik Karlsson is day-to-day with a groin injury. Centre Tomas Hertl missed the last game of the playoffs with an undisclsed iRight winger Joe Pavelski missed the last game of the playoffs with an undisclosed injury. Defenceman Erik Karlsson missed the last game of the playoffs with a groin injury. Defenceman Radim Simek missed the last 12 games of the regular season and all 20 games of the playoffs with a right knee injury.
This is a good move for the Jets as Brossoit was a solid back up for Connor Hellebuyck last year and was able to provide him with adequate rest, something that has not happened before.
Brossoit played in 21 games last season with a GAA of 2.52 and a save percentage of 0.925. Those are excellent stats for a back up and this is good money spent by the team after a “show me” contract last year. We could see Brossoit’s save percentage fall as he has a 0.881 save percentage short handed and we saw a fall off in Hellebuyck’s numbers in the same area this season.
Brossoit has been an asset to the Jets since he came here and is the best back up they had since the days of Al Montoya backing up Ondrej Pavelec. Even with a $575 000 raise, the Jets should still get good value from Brossoit. Although this might put one of their lower-level defencemen out of budget.
Brossoit ended last season with a hip injury and was not available in the playoffs. He should be ready to go at training camp in September.
The Oilers signed defenceman Logan Day to a one-year entry-level contract. They signed goaltender Olivier Rodrigue to a three-year entry-level contract. They signed left winger Joakim Nygard to a one-year entry-level contract.
Left winger Ladislav Nagy has retired from pro hockey. Drafted in the seventh round, 177th overall, in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft by the St. Louis Blues, Nagy has 311 points (115G, 196A) in 435 games, as well as four points (2G, 2A) in 18 playoff games, for St. Louis (1999/00-partway through 2000/01), Phoenix (partway through 2000/01-partway through 2006/07), Dallas (part of 2006/07), and Los Angeles (2007/08). Nagy reached career highs of 57 points in 2003 with Phoenix, 24 goals in 2004 with Phoenix, and 43 assists in 2007 with Dallas. Nagy finished his last NHL season in 2008 with 26 points (9G, 17A) in 38 games for Los Angeles. Since then, Nagy, 39, bounced between the KHL and the Slovakian and Swedish leagues, finishing his final NHL season 61 points in 48 games for HC Kosice.