Summer’s about to arrive but already the Winnipeg Jets are offering a little tease of what will happen in the fall.
The Jets unveiled their 2014-15 pre-season schedule on Thursday, presenting a seven-game slate. Winnipeg will face three of the same opponents it did last year, with games against the Minnesota Wild, Edmonton Oilers and Ottawa Senators.
The Jets will wrap up the exhibition tilts with a pair against the Calgary Flames, first at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Oct. 2 before coming home to the MTS Centre on Oct. 4.
First up, the Jets will stoke a growing rivalry and relive and old one. They open the pre-season by hosting the Minnesota Wild on Sept. 22, then get a visit from old Smythe Division arch-nemesis, the Edmonton Oilers, on Sept. 24.
The Jets will then return the visit in those teams’ home barns, first in Minnesota on Sept. 27, before playing in Edmonton two nights later.
Throw in a tilt with the Senators on Sept. 30, and that’s your pre-season schedule in a nutshell, folks.
Hurricanes hire Peters
RALEIGH, N.C. — The Carolina Hurricanes have hired Detroit Red Wings assistant Bill Peters as their new head coach.
The team announced the hiring Thursday and said Peters would be officially introduced Friday.
It’s the first big hire for new general manager Ron Francis, who took over in April during a reshuffling of the organization.
The 48-year-old Peters spent the past three years working primarily with the Red Wings’ defencemen and penalty killers.
The hiring wraps up a 46-day search for the successor to Kirk Muller, who was fired May 5 after going 80-80-27 in three seasons. Since winning the Stanley Cup in 2006, the Hurricanes have made the playoffs once — in 2009.
Ducks jettison veteran trio
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Centre Saku Koivu, goalie Jonas Hiller and forward Daniel Winnik won’t be offered contracts with the Anaheim Ducks for next season.
General manager Bob Murray confirmed the Ducks’ decision Thursday.
The 39-year-old Koivu has spent the past five seasons with the Ducks, scoring 29 points in 65 games last season.
Hiller had been the Ducks’ starting goalie since the 2008-09 season, going 162-110-32 over seven seasons. The Swiss netminder lost his starting job late in the regular season to Frederik Andersen and John Gibson.
Winnik played two seasons, scoring 49 points as a depth forward.
— staff / news services