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With the NHL lockout in effect, members of the Winnipeg Jets (like all NHL
players) continue to work out in different cities, while others have found work
in Europe. Tyrod Taylor Jersey . All this as the two
sides continue to try and hammer out a new CBA. More on that later. The Jets and
Evander Kane agreed on a new contract over the weekend, minutes before the
lockout. Now its in Kanes hands to answer the question, “how good can he be”? So
now the speculation can start as to what line combinations may look like when
training camp starts. Whenever that may be? Should they elect to leave the
Andrew Ladd/Bryan Little/Blake Wheeler line intact, that would put Kane and
Olli Jokinen together. Let the debate begin on who will play the right side. For
now we will leave that spot open. Should they choose to have an all former
Toronto Maple Leaf trio, that would put
Alexei Ponikarovsky/Nik Antropov/Kyle Wellwood together, leaving
Antti Miettinen/Jim Slater/Chris Thorburn. Another option is to put Wellwood on
the right side with Jokinen and Kane, and give Spencer Machacek a chance on the
Antropov line. That leaves Alexander Burmistrov as a player that with a good
training camp would make the combinations more interesting. Patrice Cormier
wants a spot, and where does Mark Scheifele fit in? Or if the season is late
starting do they just leave Scheifele in the OHL? And there are other names that
can be thrown into the mix. But, if there is a delay, will teams be forced to
have smaller camps, thus taking away the opportunity for those knocking on the
Jets dressing room door? On the back end, Toby Enstrom and Dustin Byfuglien will
be relied on to carry a lot of the load. Especially with no Zach Bogosian until
well after the turn of the calendar. Ron Hainsey, Mark Stuart and Grant Clitsome
will also be counted on, with Paul Postma and Derek Meech assured a good look,
barring the Jets bringing in another experienced defenceman. In goal, its time
for Ondrej Pavelec to become an elite NHL goaltender. Hes the man in nets. Back
to Burmistrov, he has agreed to report to St. Johns should training camp be
delayed, and good for him. After two years in the NHL, going to the AHL is not
an easy pill to swallow. However, in the 2010-11 season he probably would have
been better off in junior gaining confidence and becoming an all-round better
player. The skill set is there and fair or not, it will be up to Burmistrov to
show the Jets coaches they need him on the team. Should it play out that he gets
20 or 25 games in the AHL, it will be a great learning experience and in the
long run make him a better player. Eric Fehr is coming off an injury-filled
season with the Jets that saw him play only 35 games, and as of now Fehr remains
without a contract. His numbers in past years, plus his skill set, make you
believe that when camps start, Fehr will get a deserved look somewhere. Now just
some CBA thoughts. All NHL teams, Jets included, have been in contact with
season ticket holders and sponsors with the plan going forward should the season
not start on time. For now the Jets have said there will be no layoffs or staff
cutbacks. A number of teams have already informed staff they are without work
until the stoppage is resolved. And that leads me into my rant. Every day we
hear both sides say how sorry they feel for the fans, trying to win the
popularity vote. It is unfortunate fans that are so loyal to the game may be
deprived of hockey over the next while. But the people to feel sorry for are
those who have lost their jobs. People employed directly by the teams, those
that work game night, those with establishments around NHL venues with extra
staff on hand for the start of the season, people who had to put family
vacations on hold this summer because of what might happen. In many cases people
rely on this employment to pay the mortgage. So when you look at the big picture
that all this is happening because two sides cant find a way to divide $3.3
billion, you can see why people are having trouble making sense of it. So when
you read and hear about how both the owners and players are committed to
resolving the issues and getting the season started on time, you want to stand
on a rooftop in New York and yell, dont tell me, SHOW ME. End of rant. Its not
like the last lockout when the battle was cap/no cap. This time around the NHL
wanted more input from the players before July 1 when unrestricted free agency
kicked in, to give the teams some idea of what the cap may look like. That did
not happen, probably knowing that if there is one day the owners love to spend
money, its July 1, and if that was their assumption, they were 100 per cent
correct. A number of players hit the jackpot. In the last lockout it was not
until it was evident the entire season would be lost before some of the European
players who were squeezed out of the top teams in their country because NHL
players took their jobs, spoke out, questioning the rationale behind players who
could afford to not play for a year, coming over and taking their jobs. So far
that topic has not come up, but as the number of NHL players headed for Europe
grows by the day, it may come up. The other side of that coin is players want to
play, thats what they do. And, better players have always earned roster spots.
Thats the way its been since minor hockey. And the chance to add “star power” to
you roster is no different for owners and coaches of European teams than it is
for NHL owners and coaches. So negotiations continue, on and off, some days more
serious than others. Which brings it back to “dont tell me, show me.” Vonta Leach Jersey . Italy took advantage of
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Sevilla looked set to repeat its feat from two weeks ago when it edged out
Madrid with a similar defensive effort and counterattacking style. Piotr
Trochowski, who netted the winner against Madrid, opened for Sevilla in the 26th
minute, and Alvaro Negredo doubled the hosts advantage three minutes after
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Winnipeg Goldeyes combined great pitching with some timely hitting late in the
game and ended up winning a series from the Wichita Wingnuts. On Saturday
evening at Shaw Park, Chris Salamida and Brian Beuning combined to give the
Goldeyes a 3-1 victory over the Wingnuts in the final game of a three-game set.
Salamida allowed only one run on six hits over 6.1 innings while Beuning pitched
2.2 scoreless innings to give Winnipeg another series win over Wichita. The
Goldeyes have played the Wingnuts twice this season and won both series
two-games-to-one. The big blow on Saturday night was a solo homer by Amos Ramon
in the bottom of the sixth. The Goldeyes trailed 1-0 at the time and couldnt get
anything going against Wichita starter Anthony Capra. But after Ramons homer,
the Goldeyes added another run the sixth and one more in the eighth and with
Beuning on the mound – he struck out five of the nine batters he faced – the
game was in the bag. With the victory, the Goldeyes remained five games behind
the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks in the race for first in the American Associations
North Division. Meanwhile, the Fish moved five games ahead of both Kansas City
and St. Paul in the Wild Card race. “That home run was a difference make in the
game,” said Goldeyes manager Rick Forney. “At that point in the game, we had
nothing going offensively. But hitting is contagious and after the home run, we
hit the ball pretty well. Amos even got a triple later in the gamee. Haloti Ngata Jersey. After the home run, we
started to get our bats going.” Wichita opened the scoring in the top of the
sixth when, with two out, Greg Porter doubled and Wilberto Ortiz singled him
home. But that was it for the Wingnuts and the Goldeyes were just getting
started. With one out in the bottom of the sixth, Ramon got a change-up up in
the zone and drilled a monster blast over the leftfield wall. “(Starter Anthony)
Capra was effectively wild for them tonight,” said Ramon. “In the sixth, all I
wanted to do was get a hit and try to get something started, but he threw me a
change-up up and I hit it pretty hard. Its the first home run Ive ever hit in
Shaw Park so I got that off my back.” The Goldeyes added a run in the sixth on
an RBI single from Yurendell de caster that scored Price Kendall and then, in
the eighth, Ramon tripled and scored on a single by Kendall. Ramon went
two-for-three with two runs scored and an RBI and raised his batting average to
.299. Salamida (4-5, 4.27 ERA) got the win for Winnipeg while Beuning picked up
his second save of the week and third of the year. Capra (1-2, 4.89 ERA), who
allowed only two runs on three hits over six complete innings took the hard-luck
loss The Goldeyes will get a rare Sunday off and then on Monday will open a
series in Fargo against the first-place RedHawks. Game time is 7 p.m. at Newman
Outdoor Field and it can be heard live on TSN 1290 with Paul Edmonds calling the
play-by-play. ’ ’ ’ 

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