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Jets’ Head Coach Paul Maurice ‘Surprised’ By Nikolaj Ehlers Development

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Winnipeg Jets head coach Paul Maurice doesn’t have a reputation for handing out compliments or even being very talky, but Maurice had plenty to say about winger Nikolaj Ehlers.

Ehlers development of his defensive game has struck a chord with the coach, who heaped praise on the 3rd-year pro.

“The ability to put him on the ice and not be somebody that the centerman has to take care of out there changes what we can do,” Maurice said, according to Paul Friesen of The Winnipeg Sun.

“So he has surprised me. Of all the forwards, Nik Ehlers’ growth right now is the one I’m most pleased with.

“That line is an option now, and if you’d asked me in July I’d be a bit nervous about it.”

Ehlers notched 64 points in his second NHL season and could be in line for a bigger year with Winnipeg.

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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