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Ladd on Winnipeg’s scoring woes: “We probably could use some help”

Feb 15, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

Andrew Ladd AP

It seems the Jets reached a new low following a 3-1 loss to the Islanders on Tuesday night.

It wasn’t that their offense fell to 25th in the league (it had been 24th coming in.) And it wasn’t that their power play went 0-for-3 on the night (now 2-for-25 in its last 10 games.)

No, the low point was Jets captain Andrew Ladd asking the front office to make a deal for more offense.

Asking publicly, no less.

“With the troubles we’ve had scoring, if it’s not going to come from within this room, we probably could use some help, there,” Ladd told the Winnipeg Sun. “We’ve got a great goaltender, we’ve got D that can move the puck and play both ways.”

It’s a pretty bold statement from the guy that led the Jets (then the Thrashers) in scoring last season with 29 goals and 59 points. Ladd’s since been surpassed by a number of teammates — including RW Blake Wheeler, who currently leads the team in scoring — which is fine, because Ladd isn’t a gifted scorer by trade. He’s a grit guy, a heart-and-soul guy…who recognizes that if he leads the team in scoring one year and Wheeler the next, something might be wrong with the team.

Speaking of things wrong with the Jets, check out head coach Claude Noel’s post-game reaction:

“The best players aren’t even executing passes that are simple plays,” Noel said. “Maybe we just gotta get new guys out there.”

Noel called his team’s effort “decent” in the first period, the power play “demoralizing.”

But his biggest headache might be the way this team got its collective want-to sucked right out of it when the Isles grabbed a 2-1 lead, a minute and a half into the third period.

“We had no life,” Noel said. “What is that — belief system?”

It’s not the first time the Jets threw in the towel far too easily, and too early.

It’s not even a conscious thing. But deep down, they seem to know they can’t come from behind.

“Am I discouraged?” Noel repeated a question. “How do I look? I’m not real happy. It was a big game against an opponent we should have been able to beat.”

Despite Ladd’s and Noel’s comments, Winnipeg just doesn’t look ready to become a trade deadline buyer. Even though they’re just four points out of eighth in the Eastern Conference, the Jets haven’t been able to make up any ground on the likes of Ottawa, Toronto and Washington, despite the fact all three have been bad-to-mediocre-at-best lately.

  1. jpelle82 - Feb 15, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    kane needs to step it up

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Feb 15, 2012 at 2:42 PM

      I don’t know if you watched last night’s game but Kane was all over the place and playing hard. The Jets put on the pressure for a while but couldn’t make anything stick. Nabby played pretty well too.

      • spezzabangsmilfs - Feb 15, 2012 at 3:08 PM

        Kane needs to step it up after just getting back from a concussion?

      • jpelle82 - Feb 15, 2012 at 4:39 PM

        no dont watch the jets. just saw him sucking wind against pittsburgh on saturday and not showing up on the stat sheet much this year.

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Feb 15, 2012 at 4:48 PM

        Ah. Mr. Kane was on fire for a while there but, as you so aptly put it, he did start sucking wind for a while. Rumor has it he may have been playing with the concussion for a bit before they finally sat him which would explain the drop off in production. However, the whole team aside from Wheeler, Thorburn and Byfuglien needs to step it up.

      • jpelle82 - Feb 15, 2012 at 5:18 PM

        if he was/is playing hurt then its a testament to his toughness i guess. he is better than his numbers show and injury would be a good explanation. i like him and 19 goals isnt bad but he should be a 60-70 point guy imo. i think he has 1 pt in his last 4-5 games so they could/should expect more from him at this point in the season with the playoff situation

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Feb 15, 2012 at 5:35 PM

        Frankly, I love the guy. Tons of skill and not afraid to throw down. Apparently he’s a bit too big for his britches at times but millions of $$$ at 20 years old in a hockey mad city can do that. I hope he ends up as a 40+ goal scorer. I’m waiting for Mark Scheifele to make it up next year and see if those two guys can play together.

  2. bcisleman - Feb 15, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    Fell to a new low? Why? Because they lost to the Islanders? The Isles have one of the best PKs in the NHL…have all year. And they have been playing better than a lot of teams recently. This also is the second time they have gone into WIN and won. Gee, I don’t know…maybe they are just a better team than WIN.

    • Mike Halford - Feb 15, 2012 at 4:20 PM

      Uh, it clearly states the new low was Winnipeg’s captain publicly asking management to trade for more offensive talent.

      Defensive much?

      • jpelle82 - Feb 15, 2012 at 5:23 PM

        lol, if you were an isles fan you would be defensive too i guess

  3. lostpuppysyndrome - Feb 15, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    Good luck there Laddy boy. Chevy’s on a mission to stockpile as many 3rd and 4th liners as he can, and unfortunately I’m guessing there aren’t many big names who are looking to move to the coldest city in the world with a pop. above 600k (it’s true, look it up). Am I sounding bitter? Perhaps. Talent is going to have to be drafted with the Jets. That being said, GO JETS GO!

  4. govtminion - Feb 15, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    Perhaps they’re the ones who should be looking at a package (including their first round pick) to Columbus to bring in Nash? Big move for a small-market team, but that would nicely solve their scoring problem and give them a centerpiece to build around for years to come.

    Unlikely, but… it’s not the worst idea.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Feb 15, 2012 at 11:02 PM

      Byfuglien, Klingberg, and a 2nd rounder? Sure, bring him up!

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