Gary Lawless

  • Maligned Chevy has been right all along

    Oh, it's been easy to take pokes at Kevin Cheveldayoff. The pokes have been short-sighted, cheap and wrong, but easy nonetheless, as smug so often is. The Winnipeg Jets' GM isn't perfect. His plan isn't without its flaws. But as of late Monday night his team sat fifth in the Western Conference and his pool of prospects is considered among the very best in the NHL.
  • Captain is leading by darn fine example

    The pressure isn't getting to the Winnipeg Jets. That's likely because Andrew Ladd is so clearly thriving under it. The captain can smell the playoffs. He knows the satisfaction of playing hockey at the most important time of the year and he's a man with little interest in being denied.
  • Youth lifting Jets to new heights

    Yeah, the price of tickets will go up if there are playoff games here, but if there is more to come of what we saw last night, it will be worth it. The Jets fell 2-1 in the shootout to the visiting St. Louis Blues and while the home side picked up a critical point in their pursuit of a post-season berth the fans got all they had come for but a win.
  • CTE testing will eventually force sports fans to make a decision on what they're willing to watch

    Pro sports isn't closing its doors because of a growing number of dead athletes with damaged brains. But someday we'll be able to measure the effect of a punch to the head or a helmet-to-helmet collision in real time and then we'll have to ask ourselves -- are we OK with watching the already punch drunk become even drunker?
  • Unwise trade would be un-Chevy

    Be true to yourself, Chevy. Don't fall prey to trade deadline madness.  
  • Unwise trade would be un-Chevy

    Be true to yourself, Chevy. Don’t fall prey to trade deadline madness. The reported trade request that would see the Winnipeg Jets send 23-year-old centre Alex Burmistrov and a second- or third-round pick for pending unrestricted free agent Toronto winger Daniel Winnik is crazy talk.
  • Jets can't win from the sin bin

    It has gone beyond surreal. Beyond ridiculous. Beyond stupid. And way beyond troubling. Another loss for the Winnipeg Jets where lack of discipline was the key factor. The visiting Jets fell 5-1 to the Washington Capitals on Thursday with the winners going three-for-six on the power play.
  • Jets can't win from the sin bin

    It has gone beyond surreal. Beyond ridiculous. Beyond stupid. And way beyond troubling. Another loss for the Winnipeg Jets where lack of discipline was the key factor. The visiting Jets fell 5-1 to the Washington Capitals on Thursday with the winners going three-for-six on the power play.
  • Myers making major impact

    Three games into his time with the Winnipeg Jets and it's becoming clear Tyler Myers is the key piece to last week's trade where his new team is concerned. Myers scored his first goal with the Jets in Monday's 5-4 shootout win against the Edmonton Oilers and has been pivotal in Winnipeg's last two wins.
  • Six takeways after five days on the road with the Winnipeg Jets

    A little this and that after five days on the road with the Winnipeg Jets.

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  • Jets' ire genuine after losing

    DETROIT -- Blake Wheeler was seething Thursday night. Sweating and angry, his body language screamed, “Don’t talk to me.” He jammed the last of his equipment into his bag, leaned back in his stall and, with his hat pulled low over his eyes, began to answer questions without looking up.
  • Who won the Kane deal?

    NASHVILLE -- Who wins a trade is one of the hardest things to quantify and when multiple players, draft picks and salary implications are involved, it takes years to get a real handle on the effect a swap has on the teams involved. Take Wednesday's seven-piece deal between the Winnipeg Jets and the Buffalo Sabres -- the layers and complexities of the deal will make it difficult to judge now and later.
  • Who won the Kane deal?

    NASHVILLE — Who wins a trade is one of the hardest things to quantify, and when multiple players, draft picks and salary implications are involved, it takes years to get a real handle on the effect a swap has on the teams involved. Take Wednesday’s seven-piece deal between the Winnipeg Jets and the Buffalo Sabres — the layers and complexities of the deal will make it difficult to judge now and later.
  • Chevy moves boldly to improve his club

    NASHVILLE — Often maligned for not making player-for-player trades during the early stages of his rebuild plan for the Winnipeg Jets, GM Kevin Cheveldayoff put a fastball right in the collective ear of those talkers Wednesday, engineering a monstrous eight-piece trade with the Buffalo Sabres. Cheveldayoff sent the troublesome and injured Evander Kane to Buffalo along with defenceman Zach Bogosian and goalie prospect Jason Kasdorf and in return received a first-round pick, prospects Joel Armia and Brendan Lemieux as well as NHLers Drew Stafford and Tyler Myers.
  • Bombers got creative with plan to lure free agent help

    FOOTBALL is pretty simple at its very core. Your guys try to push their guys out of the way. The team with the best push wins. Last season, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers had an historically bad offensive line. They were among the worst in all of pro football and GM Kyle Walters knew this group had to be dismantled and rebuilt.
  • Bombers got creative with plan to lure free agent help

    Football is pretty simple at its very core. Your guys try to push their guys out of the way. The team with the best push wins. Last season, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers had an historically bad offensive line. They were among the worst in all of pro football and GM Kyle Walters knew this group had to be dismantled and rebuilt.
  • Chevy won't give Kane away

    If you think Kevin Cheveldayoff is going to trade Evander Kane for less than what the GM thinks his asset is worth you haven’t been paying attention. Cheveldayoff doesn’t trade for the sake of trading. It’s not a sport for him or the source of an adrenaline rush or ego boost. He’s deliberate and unflinching. Sure, it makes for fewer swaps, but it also limits the potential for getting fleeced.
  • Kane not worth the pain

    So, after all the dancing and feigning the truth finally came out on Friday evening and what many suspected was confirmed: Evander Kane has long wanted out of Winnipeg. And he’ll get his wish. If you own a No. 9 jersey it may be time to switch out the namebar as Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff will now have to trade his talented but troublesome left-winger. There is no turning back.
  • The Kane saga

    First, let's get to the blame because there's so much of it to spread around. Line them up. Andrew Ladd, Dustin Byfuglien, Evander Kane, Paul Maurice and Kevin Cheveldayoff for starters. Throw in anyone else associated with the Jets and they can get a piece of the action, too. No one, and I mean no one, has covered themselves with glory on this file. The result today is a Winnipeg Jets team fractured with a star player desperately wanting to be anywhere but in the thick of a playoff fight with his teammates.
  • The Kane saga

    First, let’s get to the blame because there’s so much of it to spread around. Line them up. Andrew Ladd, Dustin Byfuglien, Evander Kane, Paul Maurice and Kevin Cheveldayoff for starters. Throw in anyone else associated with the Jets and they can get a piece of the action, too. No one, and I mean no one, has covered themselves with glory on this file. The result today, is a Winnipeg Jets team fractured with a star player desperately wanting to be anywhere but the thick of a playoff fight with his teammates.
  • Healthy scratch could be turning point in Kane saga

    After breaking a team rule, Evander Kane was a healthy scratch on Tuesday and that may be the end of this little saga. Or we may soon see signs of a much larger rift. Kane’s transgression on Tuesday, as it turns out, was fairly was minor. He broke dress code, arriving at the rink for a midday team meeting in sweats, instead of a suit. By gametime, Kane wasn’t a player.
  • Baffling play call should end Carroll's time in Seattle

    PHOENIX -- Don Cherry was never the same after the too-many-men call. Randy Carlyle's bad ending in Toronto can be traced back to that third-period collapse in the playoffs against the Bruins. Napoleon had Waterloo. One has to wonder if Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll will ever rebound from Super Bowl 49. A head coach must appear to be impervious. In the NFL, the top knock must go unquestioned.
  • Ex-Bomber Matthews shines

    GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Legendary broadcaster Al Michaels may have been scrambling for background on Chris Matthews Sunday night, but most of Winnipeg and CFL fans across Canada already had their details on the big wideout down cold. Matthews, who was named CFL rookie of the year in 2012 for his fine work with the Blue Bombers, exploded in Sunday's Super Bowl and instantly became a known name in the football world.
  • Goodell fiddles while NFL burns

    PHOENIX — The NFL is like porn. Watch if you like, but do so understanding the damage it inflicts on its performers. And if you can’t live with that, turn it off. But don’t expect the producers to stop making their product or clean it up. It ain’t going to happen.
  • Watson deal gives Blue flexibility

    PHOENIX -- Thursday may go down as the day Blue Bombers GM Kyle Walters gave himself a chance land the non-import free agent offensive lineman Winnipeg so desperately needs. Walters off-loaded injury-prone veteran receiver Cory Watson and his salary to the Saskatchewan Roughriders in a major cash swing that puts the Bombers in an even better position to chase the likes of Riders tackle Ben Heenan or Toronto Argonauts offensive lineman Tyler Holmes when free agency officially begins on Feb. 10.

About Gary Lawless

Gary Lawless is the Free Press sports columnist and co-host of the Hustler and Lawless show on TSN 1290 Winnipeg and www.winnipegfreepress.com
Lawless began covering sports as a rookie reporter at The Chronicle-Journal in Thunder Bay after graduating from journalism school at Durham College in Ontario.
After a Grey Cup winning stint with the Toronto Argonauts in the communications department, Lawless returned to Thunder Bay as sports editor.
In 1999 he joined the Free Press and after working on the night sports desk moved back into the field where he covered pro hockey, baseball and football beats prior to being named columnist.

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