Winnipeg Jets sign draft pick Leon Gawanke

The Winnipeg Jets and general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff started off what will be a busy summer by signing one of their prospects.The Jets inked defenceman Leon Gawanke to a three-year entry level contract. It will pay him an average of $810,000 US per season.READ MORE: St. James Civic Centre rink may be renamed for local hockey legendStory continues belowGawanke, 19, played the last three seasons with the QMJHL’s Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. The German-born product was third in league scoring among defenceman last season. He registered 57 points in 62…

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Lindell Deal Gives Trouba the Power

report this ad You can bet Jacob Trouba’s eyes grew larger than dinner plates Thursday after seeing how much a fellow Central Division squad shelled out to extend a top-pairing defenseman long-term. The man in question is the Dallas Stars’ Esa Lindell, who inked a lucrative six-year contract extension with an average annual value of $5.8 million. If Lindell’s contract indicates the going rate of similar top-pairing d-men this offseason, the Winnipeg Jets’ restricted free agent d-man has good reason to salivate. Lindell’s Good, But… Lindell, who makes up the…

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Winnipeg Jets Should Let Tyler Myers Walk

report this ad Since coming to the Winnipeg Jets late in 2015, Tyler Myers has endured his share of ups and downs. From his best offensive seasons since he was a rookie, to heartbreaking family health problems and injury troubles, he’s been through the good, the bad, and everything in between in Winnipeg. While the Jets and their fans should have gratitude for Myers’ seasons of service on their blue line, and for being arguably the most stable piece of the Evander Kane trade, it’s time for his run in…

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Jets Lacking on World Championship Rosters

Winnipeg Jets fans hoping to see a little bit more of their favourite players after their team was bounced from the Stanley Cup Playoffs exactly a month earlier than a season ago will be disappointed by makeup of the 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship rosters. 16 Teams, 100-Plus NHLers, Zero Jets The 16 countries represented at the tournament, which began yesterday in Slovakia and runs through May 26, have more than 100 NHL playerson their rosters — those from the teams that failed to qualify for the playoffs and…

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Winnipeg Jets’ Defensemen—The Offseason To-Do List

report this ad In this second part of a three-part series covering the Winnipeg Jets’ offseason to-do list, I’ll be discussing the team’s defensemen. In part one, I discussed forwards, 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 Defensemen The following is a depth chart of the team’s defensemen, including players under contract or owned by the Jets (RFAs), for the 2019-20 season: LD RD Morrissey Trouba (RFA) Morrow (RFA) Byfuglien Beaulieu (RFA) Kulikov…

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St. James Civic Centre rink may be renamed for local hockey legend

An iconic St. James arena may soon be renamed for one of the neighbourhood’s most famous sons.St. James Coun. Scott Gillingham is pushing for the arena at the St. James Civic Centre to be named after Ab McDonald – the first-ever captain of the Winnipeg Jets, as well as a four-time Stanley Cup winner with the Montreal Canadiens and Chicago Blackhawks.The Winnipeg-born hockey star lived in St. James from 1967 until his death in 2018 at age 82.READ MORE: Winnipeg Jets’ first goal-scorer Alvin ‘Ab’ Brian McDonald diesThe change would…

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3 Fixes for the Winnipeg Jets

report this ad While there are many teams for whom a tight first-round playoff series would be considered a step forward, for the Winnipeg Jets, their early ouster in the postseason can only be viewed as a failure. A team once hyped up by The Hockey News as the 2019 Stanley Cup winner, and who seemed to be living up to that hype after an excellent 2017-18 season, the Jets suddenly and dramatically fell flat on their faces after January 1. While the playoffs weren’t a total disaster, the early…

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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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Trouba Targets: 4 Teams the Jets Could Trade Him To

report this ad With the chance the Winnipeg Jets will re-sign Jacob Trouba to a long-term contract at an all-time low, it’s looking likely that Game 6 of the Jets’ first-round matchup against the St. Louis Blues last month will be the last game the defenseman ever plays in a Jets jersey. Related: The Case for Trading Jacob Trouba Count on there being a number of suitors attempting to woo Jets’ general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff into dealing them the 25-year-old top-pairing, shutdown, minute-munching defenseman this summer. Jacob Trouba will attract…

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Jets Should Ditch Dmitry Kulikov

The Winnipeg Jets have quite the to-do list in what is an integral offseason for a team that made a disappointing first-round exit in the Stanley Cup Playoffs last month. One of the items on that list should be to solve their Kulikov conundrum. Kulikov Contract is the Jets’ Worst Of all the team-friendly contracts Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff has inked — Mark Scheifele at $6.15 million annually over eight years and Nikolaj Ehlers at $6 million annually over seven, to name just two — Dmitry Kulikov’s contract is…

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