For better or worse, the Winnipeg Jets continue to be a rare NHL franchise that doesn’t make the playoffs and doesn’t really make many big trades one way or another as the season goes along. Really, the one noteworthy Jets move of the deadline day was a contract extension, as they locked up defenseman Mark Stuart to a four-year, $10.5 million deal.
(That’s a cap hit of $2.625 million through the 2017-18 season.)
Stuart, 29, has nine points and 81 penalty minutes in 50 games in 2013-14. This is his fourth season with the Jets/Atlanta Thrashers.
Jets fans might be getting a little antsy as this is the only recent news beyond Mark Scheifele’s discouraging injury, but Winnipeg will mainly need to hope that its core can fight its way through a crowded West bubble for a much-awaited playoff berth.
When it comes to point streaks for U.S.-born NHL players, Patrick Kane now stands alone.
With a power-play goal early in Saturday’s Blackhawks – Kings game, Kane extended his streak to 19 games, breaking a tie with Phil Kessel and Eddie Olczyk (who finished with at least a point in 18 straight).
As of this writing, Kane has 11 goals and 19 assists during this 19-game streak. He also leads the NHL in scoring.
Bobby Hull’s 21-game point streak stands as the Chicago Blackhawks’ overall team record, by the way.
Kane also tied Denis Savard (1985-86) for second-longest streak in Chicago history. Bobby Hull had a 21-game streak.