Player News - Jets

Date: Team: Pos:

Dustin Byfuglien can be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2015-16 season.

The Jets will either sign him to a long-term deal, let him walk as a free agent or trade him and opinions are already rolling out on what the team should do. One camp sees Byfuglien as a versatile and invaluable player, while the other would trade him because of his inconsistencies and defensive shortcomings. The Jets will have a tough decision to make, but fantasy owners shouldn't be concerned. Byfuglien is superb in several categories and playing for a new contract could give him some extra motivation if he remains unsigned through the course of the year.
Jun 1 - 11:13 AM

The Philadelphia Flyers may be interested in forward Drew Stafford if he becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

Stafford played for new Flyers coach Dave Hakstol at the University of North Dakota before entering the NHL in 2006. Stafford is one of nine potential UFA's for the Jets as Winnipeg still has plenty of work ahead of them before the start of free agency.
May 31 - 7:49 AM

Alexander Burmistrov wants to make his return to the NHL.

The former eighth overall pick in 2010 of the then-Atlanta Thrashers, now Winnipeg Jets, has spent the last two seasons with Kazan Ak-Bars of the KHL. He's posted just 20 goals and 63 points in 107 combined games during that span. Burmistrov will be entering his age-24 season in October, he collected 23 goals and 58 points in 194 games with the Atlanta/Winnipeg franchise over four seasons before signing with Kazan Ak-Bars.
Source: Igor Eronko
May 21 - 10:50 PM

Michael Frolik can become an unrestricted free agent in July.

He finished sixth on the Jets in scoring in 2014-15 with 42 points in 82 games. However, he may price himself out of Winnipeg's range and seek to get what he's after on the open market.
May 18 - 2:39 PM

Connor Hellebuyck was awarded a spot on the World Hockey Championships All-Star team.

The media selects that group, but the tournament directorate chose Pekka Rinne as the top goaltender. Hellebuyck was excellent for the United States, while helping the team capture the bronze medal. He posted seven wins with a 1.37 goals-against average and a .948 save percentage in eight appearances. Hellebuyck was solid for Winnipeg's AHL affiliate, the St. John's IceCaps, in 2014-15. He had a 28-22-5 record during his rookie season to go with a .921 save percentage and a 2.58 GAA
May 18 - 11:15 AM

Connor Hellebuyck made 38 saves in Sunday's 3-0 Bronze Medal Game win over the Czech Republic.

Hellebuyck, 21, was a fifth round pick of the Winnipeg Jets in 2012. He has opened a lot of eyes throughout this tournament and he was solid again on Sunday. The USA got goals from Nick Bonino (Vancouver), Trevor Lewis (Los Angeles) and Charlie Coyle (Minnesota). Bonino was named the player of the game for USA, while Tomas Plekanec (Montreal) was named the player of the game for the Czech Republic.
May 17 - 12:40 PM

Connor Hellebuyck and the U.S. team fell 4-0 to Russia in the 2015 WHC semifinal round.

Hellebuyck gave up three goals on 29 shots in defeat.
May 16 - 4:24 PM

The Czech Republic lost to Canada 2-0 in the WHC semifinal, but it would be silly to blame Ondrej Pavelec.

Pavelec allowed a goal he would've like to have back against Jason Spezza, but a 2-0 deficit could have been much larger if not for him. He stopped 39 out of 41 shots in this loss.
May 16 - 4:15 PM

It certainly wasn't Ondrej Pavelec's fault that the Czech Republic couldn't defeat Canada in the IIHF World Hockey Championships on Saturday.

The host Czechs were hoping to advance to the gold medal game but lost to Canada 2-0. Pavelec, however, was spectacular in the Czech net stopping 39 shots and kept his countrymen in a game they had no business competing in. Pavelec finished the 2014-2015 season strong. He has teased us before with his potential but perhaps he has finally turned the corner. If so, Pavelec will make a nice mid-round selection in most hockey pool formats next season.
May 16 - 1:35 PM

Connor Hellebuyck made 21 saves during Thursday's 3-1 win over Team Switzerland in the quarterfinals.

Hellebuyck's journey of excellence through the World Hockey Championship continues. He's now 6-0-1 through eight games with just eight goals against on 143 combined shots thus far.
May 14 - 11:13 PM

Connor Hellebuyck improved his record to 4-0 while turning away 21 shots as Team USA defeated Team Slovenia 3-1 on Sunday at the World Hockey Championship.

The 21 year old goaltender for the Winnipeg Jets' AHL affiliate St. Johns IceCaps has been stellar thus far. Through four games, Hellebuyck has stopped 93 of the 96 shots he's faced and has collected a shutout.
May 10 - 6:21 PM

Andrew Ladd has undergone successful surgery for a sports hernia.

Ladd should be fine by the start of training camp. He was nominated for the Mark Messier Leadership Award alongside Jonathan Toews and Ryan Getzlaf. He also recorded 24 goals and 62 points in 81 contests in 2014-15.
May 8 - 5:05 PM

Andrew Ladd is nominated for the Mark Messier Leadership Award.

"It means a lot for different reasons," said Ladd, who is a finalist alongside Jonathan Toews and Ryan Getzlaf. "The two guys I'm nominated with I've played with and realized what they mean to their teams and to their communities and I know what they do on a daily basis as leaders. So, to be mentioned in the same group as them is quite an honor. And with Mark Messier having a hand in choosing the nominations is pretty special, too." Ladd will have sports hernia surgery on Friday.
May 6 - 10:17 AM

Connor Hellebuyck made 22 saves in Saturday's 2-1 victory over Team Norway for Team USA during the preliminary round.

Through two starts, Hellebuyck, who's making his first career tour of international duty at any level, has turned away 51 of 53 shots sent his way for his first two career wins wearing USA's crest.
May 2 - 7:38 PM

Jacob Trouba has undergone successful surgery on his hand.

Trouba is expected to be fine by the time training camp starts. He suffered the injury in Game 2 of the first round, but stayed in the lineup. He had seven goals and 22 points in 65 regular season contests.
May 1 - 12:18 PM


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