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Jets’ Blake Wheeler: ‘Trump’s comments were ‘the last straw for a lot of guys’

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Winnipeg Jets captain Blake Wheeler discussed the hottest topic in the world of sports/politics and offered his thoughts on President Trump’s recent comments.

“Some of the language that [Trump] used referencing NFL players, I think that was the last straw for a lot of guys, whichever way they feel about it,” Wheeler told the media.

On Friday, Trump shocked many when he called for NFL owners to fire players who protest during the national anthem referring to a player that does so as a “son of a bitch”.

Trump continued his behavior over the weekend when he “took back” a White House “invitation” for the Golden State Warriors because Steph Curry said he didn’t want to go; however, the team had never received an official invitation.

Wheeler took issue with Trump.

“I think crossing over into the sports world, it hits home a little more,” Wheeler said.

“I think a lot of people, similar to my wife and I, it has been kind of a slow boil. The rhetoric over and over, he has just kind of gone a little too far too many times. It just felt right to take a stance.”

Wheeler was then asked about his position if teammates started kneeling during the anthem.

“I’m absolutely for the first amendment. I’m a big believer that that’s what makes America a special place is you’re allowed to stand up for what you believe in” Wheeler said.

“With just cause, if somebody were electing to do that, they would 100 percent have my support.

“Even if I don’t necessarily agree with why they do it it’s their right to feel that way. It’s their right to behave that way. If I didn’t agree with it, I would absolutely sit down and have a coffee and talk about it, try to understand why they feel that way, and maybe you become a little more sympathetic to different people.”

Nashville Predators

Predators’ Pekka Rinne Activated From Injured Reserve

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The Nashville Predators have activated veteran franchise goaltender Pekka Rinne, has been out for around 10 days following a collision with teammate Kevin Fiala, from the injured reserve list, the team officially announced on Wednesday.

In a corresponding move, Nashville assigned Troy Grosenich to the minors.

Rinne, 35, and the team continue to negotiate a contract extension but there isn’t anything imminent regarding those talks, according to The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun.

 

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Jets Have “No Intention” Of Trading Tyler Myers

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The Winnipeg Jets have “no interest” in trading Tyler Myers despite rumors stating that he is available via trade, according to TSN’s Pierre LeBrun.

According to the report, Winnipeg is “all-in” for this season, and will not be major sellers at the trade deadline, and will rely on their defensive corps to carry them to, what they hope will be, a deep run in the Western Conference during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

 

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Edmonton Oilers

Oilers’ Zack Kassian Wants to Remain with Team

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Edmonton Oilers forward Zack Kassian had reportedly requested a trade from the team recently, in an effort to get more playing time, but is now clarifying what had happened and is stating that he prefers to stay with the team moving forward.

According to TSN’s Ryan Rishaug, Kassian sayss that he didn’t directly ask for a trade, explaining that his agent spoke with the Oilers front office about potential interest from other teams, and Kassian has since told teammates that he wants to remain in Edmonton.

The Oilers have scratched Kassian several times this season and his playing time has dipped significantly, but he was back in the lineup on Sunday when he scored his first goal of the season in less than 10 minutes of playing time.

 

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