Winnipeg Jets ink Joona Luoto to three-year deal

The Winnipeg Jets announced Saturday that they are adding to their forward depth ahead of development camp.The Jets have inked Finnish born forward Joona Luoto to a three-year, two-way contract worth an average annual value of $758,300.READ MORE: Winnipeg Jets sign top pick from 2018 NHL DraftLuoto has played the last three seasons with Tappara Tampere in the Finnish league Liiga. He has 38 points (21G, 17A) in 129 games in Liiga, and won a Liiga championship with Tappara in the 2016-17 season.The 21-year old and current Jet Patrik Laine…

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Jets NHL Draft Days Ranked

report this ad The Winnipeg Jets have always stressed the importance of their “draft and develop” strategy: that is, building a contender through patience, deft selection, and molding of promising youngsters into top talent rather than through finagling blockbuster trades for established elites. Through the draft is how Jets’ general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff has transformed, in less than a decade, a terrible Atlanta Thrashers team — whose leadership was utterly incompetent at the draft table and incapable of building a winner — to a squad with more good players than…

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NHL Rumors: Jets, Canucks, Maple Leafs, More

report this ad In today’s NHL rumor rundown, Patrik Laine’s agent posturing on contract negotiations? Are the Toronto Maple Leafs learning anything from their dealings with William Nylander and what team has just popped up as interested in Jason Zucker? Jets and Laine in Potentially Awkward Spot Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun comments on David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period’s report this weekend that Patrik Laine could explore a variety of options if he doesn’t like numbers the Winnipeg Jets are using to negotiate the forward’s extension. Winnipeg Jets’…

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NHL Rumors: Laine, Hayes, Panarin, More

report this ad In today’s NHL rumors, there is news coming out of Winnipeg that forward Patrik Laine might consider accepting an offer sheet. Kevin Hayes might be a target for the Chicago Blackhawks and the Florida Panthers are the favorites to land Artemi Panarin. Laine to Look at Offer Sheets? The Fourth Period is writing that contract talks between the Winnipeg Jets and restricted free agent winger Patrik Laine are expected to pick up soon. But, David Pagnotta has been informed by his sources that if talks don’t go…

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Winnipeg Jets’ Forwards—The Offseason To-Do List

report this ad In this first part of a three-part series covering the Winnipeg Jets’ offseason to-do list, I’ll be discussing the team’s forwards. In part two, I’ll discuss defensemen, and in part three, I’ll cover the goalies, estimated total cap hit, and predictions for the 2019-20 season. An Overview of the Jets’ Remaining Forwards The following is a depth chart for the team’s remaining forwards, including players under contract or owned by the Jets (RFAs), for the 2019-20 season: LW C RW Connor (RFA) Scheifele Wheeler Ehlers Little Laine…

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‘We have some tough decisions to make’: Changes inevitable for the Winnipeg Jets

There’s plenty of blame to go around for the Winnipeg Jets’ playoff failure. While most are pointing the finger directly at Paul Maurice, the head coach will undoubtedly be back in the fall, but a number of his players won’t be.With a long list of free agents, it’s setting up to be a summer of change for the Jets.Story continues below“Is the team going to be the same?” Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff said. “I could stand here last year, and tell you with greater certainty that there was going…

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3 Thoughts from Jets’ Pair of Playoff Wins

The Winnipeg Jets were in enemy territory for the past two games of their first-round Stanley Cup Playoff matchup with the St. Louis Blues. Down 2-0 in the series heading into Game 3, they were on a mission to win both and turn the series into a best-of-three. “Came here with a job to do and mission accomplished,” said an amped-up Blake Wheeler after his team captured a Game 4 overtime win to knot the series at two games apiece. Kyle Connor scored the overtime game winner in the Jets…

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Moore’s Morning Sports Briefing for Monday, April 15

Gooooooooodddddd Morning!IF Jordan Binnington WAS in the heads of the Winnipeg Jets following the St. Louis Blues 2-1 and 4-3 victories at Bell MTS Place, the rookie St. Louis netminder certainly isn’t now. The Jets solved Binnington, and then some, for a 6-3 win in Game Three to cut the Blues’ lead in the series to 2-1. Patrik Laine scored for the third straight game, and said he and his team mates definitely needed that one.https://shawglobalnews.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/patrik-laine.mp3Kevin Hayes, and Kyle Connor with his first of two on the night, joined Laine…

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Moore’s Morning Sports Briefing for Thursday, April 11

Gooooooooodddddd Morning!Last night’s opening game of the St. Louis series did nothing to calm the nerves of an already frazzled fan base of the Winniopeg Jets. A wide open Tyler Bozak scored from the high slot with two minutes and five seconds remaining for a 2-1 Blues win, and a steal of home ice advantage right from the get-go.https://shawglobalnews.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/bozak-on-gwg.mp3 Story continues belowThe tenth time this season the Jets have squandered a lead after 40 minutes — and Paul Maurice says the tying goal by David Perron four minutes into the third…

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Laine Evolving Into All-Around Contributor for Jets

Patrik Laine tossed sports drinks to his teammates in the locker room and received plenty of barbs in return. Laine led the Winnipeg Jets with 44 goals last season, but on this day in practice he was on the losing end of a breakaway competition and became the water boy. Related: Jets’ Laine Has Become “Patrik the Playmaker” “I don’t want to waste my goals on a breakaway game,” Laine said as he chirped back. With 30 goals and 50 points in 79 games, Laine hasn’t had a bad year…

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