WINNIPEG - I had to replay the TSN panel segment, because I wasn’t sure I heard it correctly the first time.
TSN hockey analyst Jeff O’Neill was discussing the Winnipeg Jets’ need to lock up rising stars Jacob Trouba and Mark Scheifele to long-term contracts.
“Nobody wants to stay there, nobody wants to sign there,” Jeff O’Neill stated between periods of the Jets’ victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday.
Either O’Neill hasn’t paid much attention to what’s happened in Winnipeg or he sees the team’s core as a bunch of nobodies.
Andrew Ladd, Dustin Byfuglien, Ondrej Pavelec, Evander Kane, Tobias Enstrom, Blake Wheeler, and Zach Bogosian have all inked deals with the Jets to keep them in Winnipeg for years to come.
Sure, it’s easy to pick on Winnipeg when we’ve just endured the second-coldest December in 100 years. But eventually you start to wonder when in the name of Ilya Bryzgalov we’ll ever lose the tag of the NHL city where nobody wants to play.