This has not been an easy season for Drew Stafford with the Winnipeg Jets.
Due to injuries, the 31-year-old forward has played in only 40 games and scored 13 points. The rumor mill surrounding the Stafford heated up in the days prior to the trade deadline. John Shannon added it appeared ‘inevitable’ he’d be moved the day of.
About thirty minutes after the deadline officially ended, Pierre LeBrun reported Stafford was on his way to the Boston Bruins for a conditional sixth round pick. About ninety minutes after that, it became officially-official when the Bruins announced their acquisition of Stafford and let it be known the pick was from the 2018 draft.
Per Craig Custance, the sixth round pick could become a fourth round pick if Stafford plays in at least 50-percent of Boston’s remaining regular season games, 50-percent of playoff games (should the Bruins make the playoffs), AND if the Bruins win in Round 1.
Stafford is making $4.35-million towards the cap this season. The Winnipeg Jets did not retain any salary in the transaction.
For this trade, we give it…
Brock Lesnar is six-foot-three, 265-pound professional wrestler and former UFC champion. He’s also a hockey fan.
After the Winnipeg Jets game on Monday night, of which Lesnar was in attendance, he was invited back to the Jets locker room to have a look around.
What he didn’t know is that he was about to break one of the cardinal (AND RIDICULOUS) rules of an NHL locker room.
See if you can figure it out…
Yes, he stepped on the G-D MF-ing Jets logo on the floor.
The fact they were so quick to call him on their (stupid) rule as a guest in their room is amazing. Hockey players are tough, but Lesnar could probably crack their skulls with his thighs.
Lesnar should have challenged Dustin Byfuglien to a cage match on the logo right there. The wrestler was in good spirits though. Big Buf is saved from Suplex City. (I’m told that’s a thing; probably not the right Puck Daddy writer to tackle wrestling.)
For the millionth time: If it’s such a sin to step on the logo, why not cover it? Cord it off? Teams have done, and currently do, both.
The Boston Bruins remain No. 1 in our book by doing what is so very obvious – they put the logo on the ceiling.
In the battle of Connor McDavid versus Patrik Laine, there is one thing that Laine will have over McDavid – a personality.
Laine has yet to have the fun beat out of him by the league. He’s reminiscent of Alex Ovechkin when he first entered the NHL both in personality and shot on the power play.
Hell of a slapper by Laine.
That’s not even the best part, though. It’s the flourish at the end that’s so undeniably Laine.
Somebody get out the bar of soap. Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice used a bad word during his post game media scrum. Might as well open his wallet, too, after the NHL hears his comments.
The Jets scored three goals in the third period to tie the Washington Capitals and take the game to overtime. With 2:39 remaining in OT, the linesman calls a very late ‘too many men’ penalty on the Jets. Then the Capitals do what they do on the power play and get the puck to Alex Ovechkin who nets the winner.
Winnipeg posted video of Maurice’s scrum after the game. Don’t worry, they beeped out the bad word.
One of the few delights throughout the long NHL season is the Halloween parties teams have and seeing our favorite NHLers get creative with their costumes.
We dug around the interwebs to find as many players in costume this year at their team’s Halloween celebrations and they did not disappoint.
Without further ado, enjoy the gallery of ghouls and goblins from what is NHL Halloween 2016.
Much to the chagrin of the NHL: it’s suddenly sunny in Winnipeg.
The Heritage Classic between the Winnipeg Jets and Edmonton Oilers was scheduled to start at 3:00 p.m. EST; however, the arrival of sunshine caused the NHL to delay the start of the game.
WINNIPEG — Due to intermittent sunlight on the playing surface and in the interest of player safety, the start time for the 2016 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic has been delayed.
The game between the Winnipeg Jets and Edmonton Oilers was scheduled to start at 3 p.m. ET at Investors Group Field. The NHL will provide further updates.
At the time of the press release, the league had the start of the game listed as the always ominous TBD.
About an hour after the initial announcement, Chris Johnston of Sportsnet reported a very specific start time:
(For those unaware of Winnipeg’s time zone, the start of the game will be 4:53 p.m. EST.)
As of publication, the NHL has not officially announced the new start time.
The sun is scheduled to set at 6:21 p.m. local time. Weather.com has the local conditions as partially cloudy through sunset.
It’s somewhat funny the one day Winnipeg has great weather is the one day the league needs it to be the frozen tundra it can be.