NHL Puck – The Jets, Columbus, and Malone

Winnipeg Jets logo (image via jets.nhl.com

Yesterday was an interesting day for the NHL as the newest NHL franchise, the Winnipeg Jets, revealed their logo’s for next season. As you see here, the circular logo is their primary logo as the others will be used as patches for the shoulders and decals for the helmets.

Personally, I am trying not to judge until I see the logo on an actual sweater, but as an early judgment, I’m not a huge fan. I would have much preferred the older logo, seen here to make another appearance, yet I’m not in charge, so my opinion is moot. That said, there is a poll over on Hockey’s Future Boards discussing the Jets logo, right now, most people said no, they don’t like it. But the poll in general is close. You can check that out right here.

Columbus improved their roster this yesterday, announcing the signing of 36 year old forward, Vinny Prospal to a one year contract. Prospal will make 1.75M salary wise, on his contract and up to 2.6M with bonuses. His cap hit for the year will be 2.6M due to the potential bonuses.

This move could really help out Columbus due to their loss of Kristian Huselius. Prospal will take HUselius’ top six role and could very well round out a top line of Prospal/Carter/Nash. That is a solid top line, not to mention they have very solid depth thoughout their entire line up.

The only question mark I see on Columbus’ roster is goaltending. Can Steve Mason return to his Calder Trophy winning first year form? Or will he struggle again like he has the last two seasons? If he cannot, can the Blue Jackets rely in Mark Dekanich, a goalie with only 50 minutes of expierence in the NHL? Behind Dekanich is Curtis Sanford, likely to start the year in the American Hockey League, but if Dekanich struggles, the 31 year old goaltender could see himself back in the NHL. Sanford has 108 games of experience in the NHL with the St. Louis Blues and the Vancouver Canucks. He has a career record of 37-37-11-5. He’d be a capable back up in Dekanich canont prove himself as an NHL goaltender this season.

Trouble in Tampa? Looks like forward Ryan Malone could miss parts of the early season as he has had surgery on his shoulder that bothered him so badly in the playoffs. He was hoping to wait out the injury and see if surgery wasn’t required, but he wasn’t making progress recovery wise, so he opted for surgery.

There are mixed up reports at the moment on when Malone might return. The first report said he could be out 4-6 months, which could be a devastating blow to the Lightning. Yet now there are reports saying he could be ready for training camp.

So as Tampa fans rejoice in the five year contract that Stamkos has signed, he now must worry about their only true powerforward missing a chunk of the season. Lets hope that a return around training camp is the case for Ryan Malone.

A ‘Check This Out’ Moment

I spend time watching a lot of hockey video’s on youtube and this goal scored by Jewish national, Eliezer Sherbatov is a beauty! Check it out;