We’re lucky to have some excellent media covering the Jets and I encourage you all to follow them on Twitter, read their articles and pay the subscription fees where appropriate. All had some great coverage of the end of season interviews for the players, Paul Maurice and Kevin Cheveldayoff. I also strongly recommend listening to the audio versions compiled by our friends at Illegal Curve . I’ve put their links below.
Here’s a very brief overview and some quick thoughts:
As suspected, a few players played with injuries and/or were not 100% healthy.
Patrik Laine – A bit surprising that he had a groin injury and a lingering back issue that may be chronic (not great news)
Nikolaj Ehlers – Broken foot/leg from a shot. Ouch! Hope Don Cherry notices how tough he is.
Brandon Tanev – Broken finger that needed surgery.
Josh Morrissey – Not surprisingly a separated shoulder that was still not 100%
Ben Chiarot and Tyler Myers say they would like to stay
Brandon Tanev and Jacob Trouba, not so much
Andrew Copp is finishing his university degree
Blake Wheeler would go through a brick wall for Paul Maurice
Patrik Laine is going to forget about hockey and have fun this summer, a statement that is already getting some great comments from our readers. I for one did not like that statement from Laine. I prefer clichéd responses about working on recovery, or improving physically or from a skills perspective. But, I’d force all my players to live and train with Gary Roberts over the summers, so I’m a bit old school.
I found him upbeat, positive, yet realistic. He did allude to some “ruffled feathers” in the dressing room that needed to be addressed.
If you listen to the full audio of one interview, choose that one. I trust he understands the importance of this off season, and I get the feeling he sees what most fans see. I also trust that he’s not going to do anything silly in terms of contract offers. And I get the impression that Kevin Hayes is going bye-bye.
Check out these links and read the articles posted