Winnipeg’s Joel Hofer lands first pro contract with St. Louis Blues

Winnipeg’s Joel Hofer signed his first pro contract with the St. Louis Blues on Thursday.The Blues have signed goalie Joel Hofer to a three-year entry-level deal. https://t.co/pLjdhfPa2s #stlblues— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) March 21, 2019The Blues signed the goalie to a three-year entry-level deal.READ MORE: Winnipeg’s Stelio Mattheos signs NHL contract with Carolina HurricanesThe 18-year-old split time between the Western Hockey League’s Swift Current Broncos and the Portland Winterhawks last season.In 30 games with the Broncos, Hofer had a 6-21-1 record with a 4.02 goals against average, and a .904…

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Winnipeg’s Stelio Mattheos signs NHL contract with Carolina Hurricanes

Brandon Wheat Kings captain Stelio Mattheos signed his first NHL contract on Thursday.The Carolina Hurricanes announced the team has signed the Winnipeg forward to a three-year entry-level contract.The #Canes have signed forward Stelio Mattheos to a three-year, entry-level contract.📰 » https://t.co/wXHz8wMIiU pic.twitter.com/SUDyFXNnyS— Carolina Hurricanes (@NHLCanes) March 21, 2019The deal will kick in next season and will pay him $700,000 per season in the first two years of the contract. He’ll make $750,000 in the final year of his agreement if he’s in the NHL. The contract calls for him to…

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Manitoba’s Brady Keeper signs first pro contract with Florida Panthers

Manitoba’s Brady Keeper signed his first NHL contract on Monday.The Florida Panthers announced they had signed Keeper to a two-year, entry-level contract.“We are excited for Brady to join the Panthers,” Florida general manager Dale Tallon said in a media release.#FlaPanthers Agree to Terms with Defenseman Brady Keeper on a 2-Year, Entry-Level Contract.Details » https://t.co/2FRWEEA58l pic.twitter.com/TV8FKsXpFW— Florida Panthers PR (@FlaPanthersPR) March 18, 2019READ MORE: Winnipeg Jets draft pick Kristian Vesalainen rejoining Manitoba MooseKeeper, 22, just finished his second season patrolling the blue line for the University of Maine. The Cross Lake,…

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Scheifele adds goal, assists as Winnipeg Jets hand Boston Bruins third straight loss

Mark Scheifele scored once and added a pair of assists as the Winnipeg Jets handed the Boston Bruins their third straight loss with a 4-3 victory on Thursday.Nikolaj Ehlers scored the game-winner with seven minutes remaining in the third period after defenceman Jacob Trouba made it 4-2 early in the period.Charlie Coyle cut Winnipeg’s lead to 4-3 with 2:56 left, but the Bruins couldn’t tie it up with an extra attacker.Blake Wheeler had a goal and assist for the Jets (41-25-4) and Patrik Laine contributed two assists.Story continues belowCharlie McAvoy…

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Mikhail ‘Birdman’ Berdin fled the coop to pursue NHL dream in North America

Winnipeg Jets draft pick Mikhail Berdin is still just 21 years old, but the young goaltender has already put on a lot of miles to get the American Hockey League.His Manitoba Moose teammates call him the “Birdman,” and it’s a fitting nickname for the Russian-born goalie who left the nest when he was barely a teen, moving from Ufa to just outside Moscow — over a thousand kilometres away.Story continues below“I’m not the first goalie probably on my team in Ufa,” Berdin said. “They say they doesn’t need me, and…

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San Jose Sharks edge Winnipeg Jets in battle of Western Conference titans

Joe Pavelski’s put away the winner with 3.6 seconds remaining in regulation as the San Jose Sharks edged the Winnipeg Jets 5-4 in a tight matchup of the Western Conference’s division leaders.Gustav Nyquist scored twice, giving him 19 goals on the season and three in his six games since being traded to the Sharks (43-19-8) in late February. Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Marcus Sorensen also scored for San Jose.Aaron Dell made 21 saves as the Sharks remained undefeated in March with their sixth-straight win.Story continues belowMathieu Perreault scored a late equalizer…

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Ottawa Senators lose to New York Islanders in shootout, handing coach Barry Trotz his 800th win

UNIONDALE, N.Y. – After giving up a two-goal lead in the third period, the New York Islanders were relieved to get the win in the shootout.Jordan Eberle and Mathew Barzal scored in the tiebreaker and the Islanders beat the Ottawa Senators 5-4 Tuesday night, giving coach Barry Trotz his 800th win.Story continues belowREAD MORE: Ottawa Senators beat Florida Panthers 3-2, ending 7-game losing streakBrock Nelson, Anders Lee, Devon Toews and Ross Johnston scored in regulation to help the Islanders snap a two-game skid.“A little bit of an ugly third period…

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Winnipeg Jets’ home point streak ends with loss to Colorado Avalanche

The Winnipeg Jets’ hot streak on home ice came to a screeching halt on Thursday.A desperate Colorado Avalanche team ended an eight-game losing skid as they beat the Jets 4-1 at Bell MTS Place.Dominic Toninato, Gabriel Landeskog, J.T. Compher and Sven Andrighetto all had markers as the Avs defeated the Jets for the first time this season. The Jets had won their previous two meetings.“They were a desperate team,” Jets captain Blake Wheeler said.Help us improve Globalnews.caTake the survey now!Story continues below“It’s been going tough for them, and there’s a…

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Mark Scheifele adds 3 points as Winnipeg Jets hold on to beat New York Rangers

Mark Scheifele scored twice and added one assist as the Winnipeg Jets held off the New York Rangers for a 4-3 victory on Tuesday.Jets defenceman Joe Morrow recorded his first goal of the season and Andrew Copp also scored for Winnipeg.Mika Zibanejad scored twice and Pavel Buchnevich had the other goal for the Rangers. Mats Zuccarello added two assists.Connor Hellebuyck made 34 saves for the Jets (36-18-3), who were starting a three-game homestand. Winnipeg has at least a point in its past nine home games (8-0-1).Help us improve Globalnews.caTake the…

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Jonathan Drouin’s four-point night leads Montreal Canadiens past Winnipeg Jets

Jonathan Drouin had the first four-point game of his career as the Montreal Canadiens earned a 5-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night.Drouin had two goals and two assists as Montreal extended its win streak to three.Captain Shea Weber, Phillip Danault and Jesperi Kotkaniemi also scored for the Canadiens (31-18-6), who improved to 8-1-1 in their last 10 games. Carey Price earned his seventh consecutive victory with a 32-save effort.Story continues belowDanault also had three assists for a four-point game while Kotkaniemi has scored in four consecutive matches.Mark…

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