Gary Lawless

  • Chevy's got work to do

    And now Kevin Cheveldayoff must decide what he saw: A young team with lots of parts that is still learning or a group that simply isn't good enough to compete with the NHL's best teams.  
  • GM can use post-season failure to make Jets better

    And now Kevin Cheveldayoff must decide what he saw: A young team with lots of parts that is still learning or a group that simply isn’t good enough to compete with the NHL’s best teams. Emotions will be running high right now after last night’s 5-2 series-clinching loss to the Anaheim Ducks. Cheveldayoff, however, can’t fall into that trap and overreact.
  • Lapses show Jets are in over their heads

    It was the morning after a game made memorable for both its historical significance as well as the way it played out on the ice. The responses offered up by the Winnipeg Jets Tuesday show exactly where they are as a team right now -- still learning.
  • Jets admit to playoff learning curve

    It was the morning after a game made memorable for both its historical significance as well as the way it played out on the ice. The responses offered up by the Winnipeg Jets Tuesday show exactly where they are as a team right now — still learning. In some ways, the Jets looked much like the team they were prior to Paul Maurice’s arrival during the day-after scrums. Searching for answers and unsure of where to go next.
  • Jets still just little ducklings

    The Winnipeg Jets are getting a lesson in playoff hockey. A lesson that hurts, but one that is a necessary rite of passage nonetheless. The Anaheim Ducks waver a bit here and there, but they finish. The Jets, through three games in which they have led in the third period, do not.
  • Jets still just little ducklings

    The Winnipeg Jets are getting a lesson in playoff hockey. A lesson that hurts but one that is a necessary right of passage nonetheless. The Anaheim Ducks waver a bit here and there but they finish. The Jets, through three games in which they have led in the third period, do not.
  • Jets like the mystery carton in your fridge

    The Winnipeg Jets are like that mystery carton of milk in your fridge with the smudged expiry date. Take a sniff, maybe a small sip. Sour? Past its date and ready for the trash? Or still fresh enough to pour on your kid's Cheerios? We'll find out in Game 3 tonight. The Jets have returned home trailing the Anaheim Ducks two games to none in this best-of-seven Stanley Cup playoff series. So there is a hint of desperation in the air. Who are we kidding? It's more of a thick fog.
  • Candid Carlyle wants back in

    ANAHEIM, Calif. — Randy Carlyle is sitting just under the roof of the Honda Center and about as far away from the ice as possible. He hates it. “I’m ready to coach again. I’m ready to coach now. It’s not that I’m going crazy, but I love coaching,” said the 58-year-old Carlyle, looking and feeling better than he has in a long time, with a bit of a tan and a sound back, after having recovered from successful surgery.
  • Time to get tougher, Buff

    ANAHEIM, Calif. — Dustin Byfuglien needs to be the heartbeat. The presence. The bully. He has to be confident, brash and loose. Bold Buff is the player others fear. Bashful Buff? Not so much. Byfuglien must be an impact player for the Winnipeg Jets to have a chance in this NHL playoff series against the Anaheim Ducks. He has to be physical and he has to be involved in the offence.
  • It will work in Winnipeg: Chipman and Co. set to contend for a long time

    ANAHEIM, Calif. — It’s one thing for zealots wearing white from head to toe to pine for the playoffs and beyond. It’s another thing altogether for the man footing the bills to admit internal expectations have now been raised as well as the ability to pay for them. For an organization that has repeatedly talked of patience and following a plan, Jets chairman Mark Chipman’s exclusive remarks to the Free Press on Thursday morning were more than just a little revealing.
  • Don't underestimate Winnipeg's Mr. Big

    Bryan Little is the most underrated top line centre in the NHL, but when this series is over his Winnipeg Jets will be advancing and the hockey world will know a lot more about his game. The battle between the marquee centres of the Anaheim Ducks and the low key pivots of the Jets will decide this series.
  • Playoff pieces firmly in place

    ANAHEIM -- For many of the Winnipeg Jets, not making the playoffs has been the only way they've known. But for the next generation -- the spawn of GM Kevin Cheveldayoff's draft and develop plan -- soon the only way of life they will understand will consist of ragged spring beards and increasingly shorter summers at the lake. Jacob Trouba, Mark Scheifele and Adam Lowry won't be spending half their careers bemoaning the fact they've never played in a playoff game. They plan on spending their careers building reputations earned beyond the regular season. And they're not waiting.
  • New faces bring winning culture to Jets

    ANAHEIM — For many of the current members of the Winnipeg Jets not making the playoffs has been the only way they’ve known. But for the next generation — the spawn of Kevin Cheveldayoff’s draft and develop plan — soon the only way of life they will understand will consist of ragged spring beards and increasingly shorter summers at the lake. Jacob Trouba, Mark Scheifele and Adam Lowry won’t be spending half their careers bemoaning the fact they’ve never played in a playoff game. They plan on spending their careers building reputations earned beyond the regular season. And they’re not waiting.
  • Slowing Perry, Getzlaf key to dropping Ducks

    They are the top Ducks. And to beat them, you have to limit the damage inflicted by Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf. It is priority No. 1. Everyone knows this and plans for this. Execution, however, is another matter. Anaheim was 30-8-2 when one or both of the duo scored a goal this season and a more pedestrian 21-16-5 when they were blanked. In three wins in three games against the Jets this season, Getzlaf had a goal and five assists. Perry didn't register a point, but he missed two of the matches.
  • Edging Ducks' dynamic duo key to Jets' success

    They are the top Ducks. And to beat them, you have to limit the damage inflicted by Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf. It is priority No. 1. Everyone knows this and plans for this. Execution, however, is another matter. Anaheim was 30-8-2 when one or both of the duo scored a goal this season and a more pedestrian 21-16-5 when they were blanked. In three wins in three games over the Jets this season, Getzlaf had a goal and five assists. Perry didn’t register a point, but he missed two of the matches.
  • Maurice the true MVP

    Paul Maurice likes to deflect credit to his players when it comes to discussing their growth as men and leaders. Forget it. It’s genuine humility on the part of Maurice, but it’s simply not true. Maurice’s best quality as a coach is his ability to lead. The Winnipeg Jets bench boss took an 84-point team that won 37 games and missed the playoffs a year ago and wrung 43 wins, 99 points and a trip to the post-season from them. In the Central Division, the NHL’s’s toughest. Maurice’s Jets had a 16-8-5 record in their own division, and that’s paramount when considering their prospects in the playoffs.
  • Shake the roof in white

    Remember when you were scared to hope? Afraid to dream of the NHL coming back to your town. Remember when you sat at your computer waiting to try and buy tickets? Nerves making your hands shake and your heart rev.
  • Shake the roof in white

    Remember when you were scared to hope? Afraid to dream of the NHL coming back to your town. Remember when you sat at your computer waiting to try to buy tickets? Nerves making your hands shake and your heart rev.
  • Four heaven's sake!

    The work isn't over yet but it has been wholly impressive when one accounts for who the Winnipeg Jets have beaten in this march towards the playoffs. Tuesday's 1-0 win over the St. Louis Blues, which pushed the Jets to 96 points, gives the team victories in nine of its last 12 games and seven of those wins have come against playoff teams.
  • Jets no more a two-line wonder, and that's why they're winning

    The work isn’t over yet but it has been wholly impressive when one accounts for who the Winnipeg Jets have beaten in this march towards the playoffs. Tuesday’s 1-0 win over the St. Louis Blues, which pushed the Jets to 96 points, gives the team victories in nine of its last 12 games and seven of those wins have come against playoff teams.
  • Pavelec pacing playoff push

    Ondrej Pavelec put the Winnipeg Jets back into the playoff picture Monday night and now he must keep them there. Pavelec's game was unassailable. No leaks and no imperfections as he stopped 32 of 32 to lead his team to a 2-0 win over the Minnesota Wild.
  • Pavelec's perfection pushes team closer to playoffs

    Ondrej Pavelec put the Winnipeg Jets back into the playoffs last night and now he must keep them there. Pavelec’s game was unassailable. No leaks and no imperfections as he stopped 32 of 32 to lead his team to a 2-0 win over the Minnesota Wild.
  • No points for pretty in NHL

    Back in the day, your Grade 5 teacher would have rapped your knuckles for turning in such a dog-eared and messy book report, before grudgingly giving you a passing mark because it was handed in on time with sufficient content. The Winnipeg Jets turned their noses up at any such admonishment Saturday afternoon and took their 5-4 win without even a pinch of guilt.
  • Time to step up

    The Winnipeg Jets need someone to set himself apart. They need a hero. And if anyone is going to do it, it will be Blake Wheeler. Dan Bylsma and the U.S. Olympic team made enough mistakes to have the cheerleaders in their media contingent seething by the end of the tournament in Sochi last winter. Ignoring Wheeler and his talents was one of the biggest blunders.
  • Jets can handle a Buff-less existence

    Fair? Unfair? It doesn’t matter. Dustin Byfuglien will miss the next four games. Those are the facts. What the Winnipeg Jets do about it, whether they find a way to overcome this obstacle, that’s the story. The story that matters.

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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