Today a 17 Wing Winnipeg, the local Canadian Air Force personnel base True North Sports and Entertainment has unveiled the team’s new hockey jerseys. We will post pics as they become available so check this news story often.
The Winnipeg Jets have locked up their captain for the next 5 years.
Andrew Ladd today agreed to a 5 year, $22 million dollar contact with Winnipeg. The deal will see him earn $4 million in the first year, and $4.5 in the remaining 4 years. It was important for Winnipeg to get this deal done, as the deadline to avoid Salary Arbitration was 4pm today.
For more, see the full story @ http://tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=371004
Jets fans expecting a big splash by the team on the opening day of NHL free agency were left pretty dissapointed on Friday.
With some teams, including Buffalo, Philadelphia, and division rival Florida, being extremely active, the Winnipeg Jets were fairly quiet.
They did make a couple of small moves, signing Winnipeg native Derek Meech, former Vancouver Canuck Tanner Glass, and Aaron Gagnon, who spent last year in the Dallas Stars system, but appear to be focused on resigning their current Restricted Free Agents (Wheeler, Ladd and Burmistov in particular), which sticks to the plan that Chipman and company have been saying all along.
It might be due to the difficulty in pronouncing his name butDustin Byfuglien is far from a household name in Winnipeg right now. I do believe though that that is about to change. By the way his name is pronounced “Buff-Lin” but I think we all might start calling him “Buff” from now on to remove all confusion. During the NHL draft he did a series of interviews including one with CJOB. I’m not sure we could have asked for a better fit for Winnipeg. He’s humble, an up and coming star, and he grew up not too far from here. If you’re looking to get a jersey I don’t think you’ll go wrong with the name Byfuglien on it.
Here’s an article on him if you’d like to learn more.
According to multiple sources, the Jets are coming back. I’ll update this post once we get an “official” word from True North.
According to multiple sources, Claude Noel has been named the Head Coach of the Winnipeg NHL Franchise. No official announcement has yet been made by True North, and is still not expected until the weekend.
Noel has a long coaching History, spending last season with True North’s AHL Team, the Manitoba Moose, guiding them to a 43-30-7 regular season record, and into the 2nd round of the AHL Calder Cup Playoffs, where they were eliminated in game 7 by the Hamilton Bulldogs.
Noel has also spent 3 seasons in the NHL as an Assistant coach with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Recently the guys over at yourwinnipegjets.com have reported that they have several sources within True North Sports and Entertainment and that these sources have told them that the team will be named the Jets. It isn’t certain whether the team will be called Manitoba Jets or Winnipeg Jets but I guess we’ll have to wait for find out. It all sounds great but I’m taking this all with a grain of salt until I hear something from official or confirmation from somebody like Bob Irving. If you’d like to read the whole article click on this link. http://www.yourwinnipegjets.com/2011/06/20/winnipeg-nhl-team-name-announcement-iminent-will-be-the-jets/
It was reported in the Winnipeg Sun today that former Winnipeg Jets anthem singer Jennifer Hanson would be excited to get her old job back. I’m hoping that the team offers her the job as I remember her having a great voice and I’m sure she would do us proud once again. To read the whole article please follow this link. http://www.winnipegsun.com/2011/06/22/jets-anthem-singer-would-come-back-any-time