Don Cherry’s opinion of the Winnipeg Jets new logo, and examining how well the Oilers have replaced Dustin Penner.
WINNIPEG SUN: Ross Romaniuk reports Hockey Night in Canada’s Don Cherry gives a thumbs-up to the Jets new logo.
“I would wear it, for sure, because it looks good. It’s got some style about it, I’ll tell you that. It’s a hell of a lot better than an awful lot (of the logos) in the National Hockey League that I wouldn’t wear, for sure. I’d be proud to wear that, and proud to have that on a cap. I’ll tell you that. And the players will be, too. How could you do better than to honour the people who lay their lives down for us?”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Not surprising the Jets new logo gets Cherry’s stamp of approval, which has been gaining popularity among hockey fans in general, and Jets fans in particular.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: David Staples declared Dustin Penner was the Oilers best winger (based on statistical analysis) over the past three seasons, and wondered if the club has done enough to replace him.
“Ryan Smyth and Teemu Hartikainen are both adept at screening the goalie, one of Penner’s main tasks.
Ryan Jones also has a bit of Penner in him, crashing hard to the net and playing tough on the boards.
Between Smyth, Hartikainen and Jones, they can take up some slack, though I don’t see any of them having the ability to make everyone else on their line better, as Penner was able to do for long stretches the past three seasons”.
Staples does however suggest Hartikainen and Curtis Hamilton could, in the long run, take some of the sting out of the Penner trade.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Interesting analysis by Staples. It’s never easy to replace a good player, especially in the short term, but if Hartikainen and Hamilton pan out, it could certainly take the sting out of the trade in the long run. Only time will tell.