Posts Tagged ‘Paul Maurice’

SI.com NHL fan misery rankings: No. 10 Winnipeg Jets

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Winnipeg Jets fans

The belief and patience of Jets fans is already being tested by the team’s resemblance to the old Thrashers. (Getty Images)

By Allan Muir

Sometimes it’s just plain awful to be a fan.

We’re not talking about the occasional emotional bump and bruise, the kind fans get from a devastating last-second loss or a disastrous season-ending injury — or even when they watch their favorite team bow out in the conference finals, one round shy of a shot at the Stanley Cup. We mean years of suffering at the hands of a club that almost seems to delight in tormenting those who freely give to it their hearts, minds, time and money.

This is the first in our series on the 10 NHL franchises that take an ongoing toll on their fans, the teams that suggest that their devoted followers are either bottomless wells of hope or certified masochists — or perhaps just a touch crazy.  Let us start with the Jets, who were more than warmly welcomed by hockey starved Winnipeggers in 2011, but are now starting to make the natives restless with their relentless wheel-spinning.

TEAM 9: Dallas Stars | 8: Columbus Blue Jackets | 7: Vancouver Canucks | 6: Florida Panthers
5. Edmonton Oilers | 4. Washington Capitals | 3. Buffalo Sabres | 2. New York Islanders
1. Toronto Maple Leafs

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  • Published On Jan 17, 2014
  • Top Line: NHL trade deadline rumors; Sochi security concerns; more links

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    Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins

    Evgeni Malkin has assured Sidney Crosby that all will be well in Sochi despite the specter of terrorism. (AP)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • The NHL’s trade deadline arrives just 10 days after the Olympic flame will be extinguished in Sochi, and TSN’s panel has some thoughts on some of the prime targets contending teams could be pursuing.

    • Evgeni Malkin has reassured Sidney Crosby that everything will be all right in Sochi. Security concerns aren’t scaring athletes away from the Winter Games, but terrorism is more than a back-of-the-mind issue for many players, Malkin’s confidence notwithstanding.

    • Do you know which former Ducks benchwarmer is the all-time Olympic leader in goals-against average? Read all about that and nine other unlikely stats here.

    • Vladimir Tarasenko of the Blues talks about following in his father’s Olympic footsteps, as well as adapting to North America and his ultimate goal in this piece by Louie Korac.

    • Here’s why moving to the wing won’t be a problem for Team Canada’s John Tavares.

    • Make that eight losses in nine games for the Canucks. Going 0-for-7 on the power play in a 1-0 loss is bad enough, but blowing a four-minute advantage to end the game? Brutal. How long until GM Mike Gillis does something, anything, to shake up his underachieving group of forwards?

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  • Published On Jan 17, 2014
  • Top Line: Which team has hardest road? Winter Classic’s fat profit; more links

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    Jonas Brodin of the Minnesota Wild and Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche

    If the going got bumpy for the Wild and Avalanche after their hot starts, just wait for the stretch drive. (AP)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Here’s one for the #fancystats crowd: using score-adjusted Fenwick to determine which team has the toughest schedule the rest of the way. Spoiler alert: there’s smooth sailing ahead for Tampa Bay.

    • This year’s Winter Classic set a very high financial bar for the NHL’s future outdoor events to live up to. Anyone know of any other 100,000-seat venues that are available on New Year’s Day?

    • With debts paid and fences mended, Wayne Gretzky is finally back where he belongs.

    • Ilya Kovalchuk has no regrets about running out on the Devils. He says he’s loving life in Mother Russia.

    • New Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice picked up a memento to go along with a win in his debut with the Jets.

    • Now that GM Kevin Cheveldayoff has taken care of one pressing matter, it’s time for him to address Winnipeg’s biggest problem.

    • Elliotte Friedman looks at the challenges Maurice is facing down the stretch, the potential for trades involving Evander Kane and Dustin Byfuglien, and how to soothe the hurt feelings of Martin St. Louis in this week’s 30 Thoughts column.

    • Shane Doan says the Phoenix Coyotes “haven’t been very good” for some time now, which seems like a fairly generous appraisal of a season that’s going horribly wrong. Although Doan doesn’t mention Mike Smith by name, the goalie’s sub-par play has been a big part of the problem. Could Smith’s selection by Steve Yzerman come back to haunt Team Canada?

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  • Published On Jan 14, 2014
  • Top Line: Jaromir Jagr aims at Gretzky; Big job for new Jets coach; more links

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    Jaromir Jagr of the New Jersey Devils

    Jaromir Jagr reckons if anyone can play in the NHL until age 70, he can. (Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Now that he’s passed his old buddy Mario Lemieux on the NHL’s all-time scoring list, Jaromir Jagr has his eyes set on Wayne Gretzky, even if it takes him until he’s 70 to catch him. He was joking … we think.

    • The way Martin Brodeur is playing, Jagr might have some company along the way to an active old age.

    • It’s a good thing that Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz are scoring for the Penguins, because pretty much no one else is.

    • Speaking of the Penguins, Third String Goalie digs up a 1999 episode of the PBS show Frontline that looks back at the attempt of former Pittsburgh owner Howard Baldwin to rescue the legendary Russian Red Army team from bankruptcy … until the Russian mafia got in the way.

    • Here’s how to read between the lines of what Winnipeg Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff said during Sunday’s press conference so you’ll understand what he really meant while announcing the firing of coach Claude Noel and the hiring of Paul Maurice.

    • Players who skated for Maurice in Carolina expect him to work wonders with the Winnipeg Jets.

    • Mark Spector says solving the dilemma of “immature freelancers” Dustin Byfuglien and Evander Kane will be Maurice’s greatest challenge.

    • Here are six areas of concern that Maurice has to address to get the Jets back on the right flight path. Yep, only six.

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  • Published On Jan 13, 2014


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