Saturday, July 9, 2011

Old Oiler to join New Jets?

Old Oiler to New Jet

According to the Winnipeg Sun (read article here), Charlie Huddy has agreed to join the coaching staff of the Winnipeg Jets.  The New Jets continue to build in the right places. Charlie Huddy brings a wealth of experience with him that should help the young Jets blueline immensely. His work behind the bench during the Edmonton Oilers 2006 cup run was invaluable.

Now. Who else from the then-hated Edmonton Oilers can the Jets find to help them build their own cup contender? Hey, if you could never beat them..just wait, they'll get old and retire and need to find work somewhere!

Goaltending Coach:
Grant Fuhr (oops, he's with Phoenix)
Bill Ranford (darn, he's in LA LA land)
Andy Moog (crap, he's with Dallas org.)

There are no other Oilers to choose from there and I doubt Winnipeg could steal Bobby Essensa from the Bruins.

Assistant Coaches:

Jari Kurri (ah to dream)
Wayne Gretzky ( need to say more)
Mark Messier (zzzzz...sorry was dreaming)

Well, here's hoping the further choices made to stand behind the Winnipeg Jets bench are good ones! Also of note in the Winnipeg Sun article it appears that there is nothing to report in the negotiations with Blake Wheeler except to say that the date for arbitration is August 3rd. Probably won't be too bad of a hearing, Wheeler is good (hope to see more next season out of him) but probably shouldn't get a huge raise.

Stay tuned for little tidbits of news as the summer progresses. Because that's what the off-season is all about.

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