Jets road trip, Day 3

- March 27th, 2014

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The Jets were back on the ice today, this time at the Sharks Ice practice facility. Ondrej Pavelec was back. So was captain Andrew Ladd, who didn’t skate after arriving shortly after it began.

After the brisk, 60-minute workout, head coach Paul Maurice reported Pavelec won’t play on Thursday against the Sharks. He’s been out too long and today was his first practice, so he’s going to get a little more time. Makes sense. Besides, Al Montoya was excellent — for the most part — on Monday night in Dallas.

Ladd spoke about missing his first game as a member of the Jets and briefly touched on the controversy surrounding his decision to be with his wife instead of his team. His teammates came to his defence, with Bryan Little saying he wasn’t surprised that some folks in Winnipeg were criticizing Ladd. That comment struck me, and it made me wonder what other NHLers might think.

I, of course, am now getting blamed by some for taking the words of a vocal minority and making an entire fan base and city look bad. The fact of the matter is this is what people outside of Winnipeg are hearing, that people were criticizing Ladd for going home. Do you think most of them know or care who Troy Westwood is? No. All they hear is some in Winnipeg are criticizing Ladd. That — and hearing Little say the guys in the dressing room weren’t surprised — is why I wrote the column about how this will just add to Winnipeg’s reputation as a place free agents might not look at. Don’t shoot the messenger.

As for the actual hockey, Blake Wheeler had a fantastic practice today after nearly having his arm ripped off his body on Monday night in Dallas when he got hammered into the open Dallas bench door.

And now, a couple of pictures from my Wednesday in San Jose, which started off with rain but turned into a gorgeous evening with plenty of sun.

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It sure pays to drive a hybrid car in California. Is this the case anywhere else? Is it like this in Winnipeg?

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Here’s the Sharks Ice practice facility, which is right across the street from the San Jose State football stadium. It has the look and feel of the Highlander in Winnipeg. There are three rinks in the facility.

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Here is the Winnipeg media hard at work while the Jets are on the ice practising. We’re in the restaurant at the Sharks Ice facility, which is called Stanley’s. Are they allowed to name it that considering they haven’t won a Cup?

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