The Winnipeg Jets have returned home today from their two-game road trip to Toronto and Ottawa where they picked up just one point in a shootout loss, of a possible four points.
Head coach Claude Noel hosted an optional skate Friday morning at the MTS Iceplex in which most players chose to attend.
The players who were not
present on the ice were the following:
Alex Burmistrov, Evander Kane
, Nik Antropov
, Andrew Ladd
, Ron Hainsey
, Tobias Enstrom
, Dustin Byfuglien
and Ondrej Pavelec
. Andrew Ladd
and Rob Hainsey were the only players who did not skate today due to injury. Hainsey, who has been out since October 19th with an upper body injury is still not ready to come back to practice and most likely will not be available back in the lineup for at least a week or more.
Ladd, who took a puck to the nose last night required a total of six stitches in his nose and was with the doctor today making sure that everything is alright for him to play.
"He looks a lot worse today," said Noel on Ladd. "We're just going to get him checked out and make sure he's ok. We'll wait to see what the report gives us and go from there."
As for him being available for Saturday's game against the Hurricanes?
"Depends if he can breathe. You can always put a shield on him. Players always want to play so their going to give you the utmost to get in the lineup so I'm not quite sure, we'll have to assess that from the experts." ERIC FEHR SKATES WITH THE TEAM
Fehr has been injured before the season even began battling with a shoulder injury. Fehr has been skating by himself for awhile now but today, he threw on the red jersey and red socks to participate in his first (optional) team skate.
Coach Noel said he is most likely a couple weeks away or more yet but happy to see him on the ice with the group and making progress.
"He's a ways away yet," Noel said. "He's not cleared for contact yet so he's just practicing with us. It's a week or two or might be longer than that. He has to be cleared for physical contact and then it's ten days so we have to get him out here and see how it goes."
For Fehr, it was more a matter of just breaking up the routine of skating alone and finding out how close or far away he is from joining the roster.
"I just wanted to get an opportunity to play with the guys in a practice and see where I measure up with them right now," said Fehr after his skate.
"I'm used to skating with nobody on the ice, it's a little bit different when there's a bunch of them. Definitely rusty, but it felt great to get that first one out of the way. I'll still be skating by myself a lot but I wanted to break up the monotony of skating by myself all the time and shoot a couple pucks on a goalie for a change."
Fehr as had six games to watch how the Jets are playing so far this season. He sees the positives and the negatives of the team and just hopes that they can find a way to eliminate the mistakes that they are making that are costing them points.
"We've shown spurts of a team that's going to win a lot of games and we've shown spurts of a team that is costing us games," he said. "As long as we get things ironed out in the next couple of games, we'll be alright.
"We have to keep it a little bit more simple. Just get pucks deep and start to work the other teams' defence. We have big quick forwards and that's going to be something we need to use."HAPPY BIRTHDAY BURMI
Alex Burmistrov enjoyed his 20th birthday on the team charter on the way home from Ottawa last night. In mid-flight at midnight, the flight attendants walked a big chocolate cake with candles and party hats down the airplane isle to his seat to give him a warm happy birthday.
Players, coaches and management gave their young player and teammate pats on the back and shared some laughs over cake, cookies and milk to celebrate in his special day.
"It was nice to have the players and coaching staff congratulate me on the plane last night." said Burmistrov.Author: Kristi Hennessy- winnipegjets.com