Blast from the past: David Aebischer has been invited by the Jets to come and try out. That’s where Ray Emery should have went. Sure, Aebischer will probably sign on as the No. 3 goalie, but I think Pavelec gets hurt often enough to ensure that he’ll get a recall or two.

 

I don’t think the Jets will have a good year at all, though. I’m not a big fan of their roster. But the main reason is because they have a smart GM. If I’m the GM, I know that the fans are drooling all over the return of my team. So I know that I’ll get a couple of years leeway – so I’m going to use that to build the foundation of a powerhouse. That means a Top 3 pick next year, a Top 3 pick the year after that…and hopefully one more after that. Add to Kane, Little, Burmistrov and the Big 3 defensemen. They need a franchise player, and you get those in the draft.

 

So given all the L’s that are in store for this team, I wonder why CBC chose to air 22 Jets games this year compared to 17 Vancouver? Prediction: CBC will change that by midseason. Granted, Manitobans will flock to the arena and to their TVs, but in most of the other provinces the ratings won’t match what the Canucks or the young Oilers garner. Exception: the first two or three games. Everyone in Canada wants to see the Jets play again, so those games will see massive ratings. I’m talking about in January when the team is 17-24-4.

 

Coming (hopefully) this week: the launch of the shop over at Dobber Sports (you can always access this site quickly via the link on the top right – click “Dobber Sports”). What this means is that you can, at that point, purchase subscriptions to Goalie Post, Frozen Pool as well as expanded packages involving the Dobber Sports Network: Gold, Silver and Bronze – we will be offering up reduced rates for my Ultimate Fantasy Pack when it is combined with a subscription through one of the other sites. Already bought the UFP? Not to worry, we’ll manually enter things. How? I don’t know. But I will know when the time comes ;)

 

Coming (hopefully) next week: an iPhone app that you can use to help you in your draft. Uses my predictions, sortable, etc. $4.99. Details on that to come.

 

Coming soon – another contest for those who like the Network on Facebook. Scott “Sin Bin” Parker was kind enough to donate an autographed Sergei Gonchar picture. I’d like to find another prize or two and then have a random draw. Spread the word! Like us on Facebook!

 

The Top Goalie rankings for this month are delayed until we launch Goalie Post…which really is just kinda waiting on the Shop thing that I mentioned above.

 

Matt Bradley’s favorite player – Top 10 Alexander Semin goals:

 

 


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Rad64 said:

Rad64
Jets games Dobber, I think you're forgetting what division the Jets are playing in this year. Outside of Florida (who should be improved this year) the Jets are facing a lot of teams that do not get tons of airplay in Canada on CBC.
Hype of a new Canadian team, add in games vs the likes of Washington and Pittsburgh, not to mention the few against the Leafs, Canadians, Tampa Bay, Rangers, etc.
That equals good ratings...a lot better than a Calgary-Edmonton, Calgary-Minnesota, Vancouver-Minnesota, etc..

Next season I can see the number of games dropping.

Regarding building a team, these guys will use this year to feel out the players on the current roster. I see a lot more movement and perhaps FA signings next year after they see what they have to work with.
August 22, 2011
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Dale McCarthy said:

digitalmonkey
Jets and CBC If CBC decisions, ratings and a winning team had anything to do with each other then we wouldn't have been subjected to all those Leafs' games over the years smilies/smiley.gif
August 22, 2011
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slufoot said:

slufoot
losing = good business While I agree Jets ownership has no need to invest more money than needed to increase ticket sales, they're not going to purposelly lose games to gain higher draft picks. My point is that they HAVE a quality team right now, with the biggest question mark being the consistency of their goaltending.
August 22, 2011
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Kevin Hildebrand said:

bunkerkev
Jets The Jets may not be last, but I don't believe they have any chance of playoffs in next 2-3 years. The Jets ownership has no need to put a quality team on the ice for at least the next 5 years. All season tickets have been bought and locked in for the next 5 years, with a waiting list that would cover the next 2 after that. Ownership will ride the wave of Jets hysteria all the way to the bank for the next few years, and then throw out just a big enough carrot by way of draft picks and or free agent signings to keep the masses salivating over all the "potential" of this team. As a fan, this reality is unfortunate, but as a business manager this is good business, this team is a good investment and will make the business men happy, while the sports fans will need to bide their time and suffer a few bad years.
August 22, 2011
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slufoot said:

slufoot
Jets last I`m wondering if you`re basing your Jets prediction on anything more than a hunch? They were 2-9 last year in games Enstrom missed, and their goaltending was atrocious (especially Pavelec) from mid-February on. They lost Stewart, Dvorak out of their top-9 while adding Fehr, Klingberg/Pesonen. On D they lost nobody significant. Their younger players (Kane, Bogosian, Little, Burmistrov) will have another year of experience. If anything, they're improved over last season. They won't even finish last in their division.
August 22, 2011
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Puckhead said:

Puckhead
After the smoke clears...? I can understand the love in around the Jets return, but before we all talk about Chevaldayoff building a dynasty in Manitoba, we should see who is still there when the smoke clears. What I mean by that is, a team can have a boat load of young talent (ie NY Islanders) but if you can't put the necessary veteran pieces in place, ala Pronger/Niedermayer in Anaheim, then you can't win!!! I keep hearing of how not all the players of the former Thrashers team, were thrilled of the move to Winnipeg, and may put pressure on management to be traded etc... Yes the young guys who are looking to make their mark at the NHL level will stick it out, at least initially, but how do you attract the vets???

Puck
August 22, 2011
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paul said:

donpaulo
... I agree that the Jets will stink, but they will be exciting. They have some very young talent so the games won't be boring, just full of turnovers smilies/smiley.gif

Nothing could be better for the NHL to have Winnipeg take Atlanta's second castoff team and turn them into a hockey dynamo. A few lottery picks would probably enable that to occur.

That would mean that by the time Winnipeg has turned the tide and started reaching for high tide the Maple Leafs could make for a great Canadian rivalry. (as would the senators and the islanders in Ontario too)
August 22, 2011
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Kevin Manson said:

kierangunn
CBC = Limited opportunity The Canucks schedule only play on Saturday 18 times this year. Perhaps that's why CBC had to limit their games.
August 22, 2011
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Jeff Lucarelli said:

jeffl97
Semin some nice Semin goals, but this one's gotta be top 10 (imo)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nI2ZiEyXTdo
August 22, 2011
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James said:

jimywho1
Semin A coach's reaction is always shown after the player reaction to a goal and the coach reaction is the same as it always is: "I'm just bird watching, I don't know why you ahve the camera on me."

Anyway, when Semin is on, he is ON! some sweet moves and shots in there.
August 21, 2011
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