Mark Scheffele He is ready for a change this season with the Winnipeg Jets.
The forward, entering his 12th NHL season, will play for new coach Rick Bowness, who was hired on July 3. He replaced the fired Dave Lowry after the Jets (39-32-11) missed the Stanley Cup playoffs. For the first time since 2016-17.
Paul Morris has been the Jets’ coach since Scheifele’s rookie season, when he replaced Claude Noel on January 12, 2014.
“I’ve been with the same coaching staff my whole life,” Scheifele told the Jets’ website Tuesday. “It’s like a fresh start.” We have new coaches. Obviously there will be some new ideas and obviously the same players, but I like our team. We have a lot of great guys to talk to and I think our team is just as excited as I am about the upcoming season and what it holds and how things will turn out.
The Jets were 30-23-3 in 2020-21. They swept the Edmonton Oilers in the first round of the Stanley Cup before losing in four games to the Montreal Canadiens in the best-of-7 second round.
“With the team we had last year, everyone thought we were going to be the next Stanley Cup champion,” he said at the Manitoba Open golf tournament. In comments posted on Twitter by the Winnipeg Sun. “I think we have a great team. We have a good team.”
Scheifele questioned his future in Winnipeg last season after finishing eight points behind the Nashville Predators for the second wild card out of the Western Conference. The center has two seasons remaining on the eight-year, $49 million contract he agreed to on July 8, 2016 ($6.125 million average annual value).
“When I made my comments, it was amazing how different people took it,” Scheifele said. “I started out with the question, ‘I love it here. I’ve lived here for 10 years. It’s been an amazing community. It’s been amazing to me, and I want to be a Winnipeg Jet. And then after I said that, it seemed like everybody started recording, so it’s one of those things that I’m sure will be around.
“I know there’s going to be some tough questions for the management in terms of the direction of the team and I know a lot of guys are all in the same boat. The last couple of years haven’t been.” And then all of a sudden, it’s gone and who knows where I’m going and all that stuff. “
The Jets’ most significant move was signing a restricted free agent forward during the offseason. Pierre-Luc Dubois He began his coaching career as an assistant with the Jets in 1984-85 before coaching Winnipeg for 28 games in 1988-89, signing Bowness to a one-year, $6 million contract on July 22. The 67-year-old is 212-351-28 in 639 regular-season games over 12 seasons as coach of the Jets, Boston Bruins, Ottawa Senators, New York Islanders, Phoenix Coyotes and Dallas Stars in 48 appearances.
Bowness’ arrival has Scheffele excited about the possibilities for the season.
“What a wonderful man,” he said. “Dallas did wonders when he came in. I’m excited to get the year going, go to training camp and start talking hockey theory and X’s and O’s and a little bit more. He seems like a great talker.” I’m really happy.”
Bowness told NHL.com on July 4. He thought the culture was an issue. Last season for the Jets.
“Everybody wanted to see a little change,” Scheifele said. “We got to see some new things. We need an idea of where the team is going and what our team is going to look like. It’s going to be more exciting as we get closer to training camp.”