Winnipeg Jets playoff report card: Did the depth guys deliver?

Schools’s out for the Winnipeg Jets. That means the report card is in.

Sure, the Jets overachieved this spring, getting more out of the roster than most thought they would. Great.

But let’s break that down a bit. Did the depth guys deliver? What if Bryan Little and Mathieu Perreault had scored more than once? What if Jacob Trouba had been better in the O-zone? Would that have changed things?

What happened to Paul Stastny in Round 3? Was Connor Hellebuyck really better than the other guy, all spring long?

Here are some final grades. Have a great summer!

Blake Wheeler: A+

The Jets captain was exactly that: An unselfish, productive, tone-setting veteran who gave his younger teammates a template they could follow from Game 1 of Round 1 through to the final game of Round 3. His 18 assists are a playoff-high this spring, after Wheeler tied atop the NHL with 68 regular-season assists. You simply could not ask for more from Wheeler than what he gave the Jets during this run.

Mark Scheifele: A+

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‘I needed help’: Another abuse scandal hits the US Olympic team as former Olympian files lawsuit against USA Swimming

Ariana Kukors Smith, a member of the 2012 US Olympic swim team and former world record holder, has filed a lawsuit against USA Swimming, her former coach, and several local swimming clubs and organizations.Kukors Smith alleges she “was groomed for sexual abuse” by Hutchinson starting when she was 13 years old and that he began molesting her when she was 16.The lawsuit also claims that USA Swimming was aware of the “open secret” and conducted a “sham investigation” to protect itself and the coach.

Just months after Team USA gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar was …

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Mariners have new 25-year lease at Safeco Field

SEATTLE _ The Washington State Major League Baseball Public Facilities District has approved terms of a new 25-year lease with the Seattle Mariners for Safeco Field.

Combined with options for two three-year extensions as part of the agreement approved Wednesday, the new lease could keep the Mariners at the stadium through the 2049 season.

As part of the lease terms, the Mariners agreed to pay 100 per cent of maintenance and operations costs at the stadium and “contribute to ongoing capital improvements that will be needed in the decades to come.”

The new lease is five years longer than the original 20-year agreement when the ballpark was constructed and opened in 1999. The current lease was set to expire at the conclusion of the 2018 season.

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