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Winnipeg, MB, Canada

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Past articles by Gary:

NHL's compensation policy needs to go

Canucks GM Jim Benning woke up Wednesday to find a few more million in his team budget and an extra second-round pick in his holster thanks to the Blue Jackets. TSN Senior Correspondent Gary Lawless explains why this shouldn't be the case. → Read More

I'm leaving... but I'm not going anywhere

I’m often asked how Winnipeg has changed since the Jets came back. The truth is, we’re not so different. → Read More

GM über alles

Kevin Cheveldayoff and Kyle Walters have tough jobs. Even if I were qualified, and I’m not remotely prepared to carry out their responsibilities, I wouldn’t want to be GM of a pro sports franchise. → Read More

Contract negotiations between Jets and Andrew Ladd stagnate

Andrew Ladd is a proud man. It’s a big part of what makes him the hockey player he is. And while his words say it’s all business, the fact he’s even willing to discuss his contract status right now reveals it’s become personal to him. → Read More

Pavelec still No. 1 in Jets’ net

Training camp has been an interesting experiment in evaluating youth, mixing up lines and moving pla... - Winnipeg Jets - Winnipeg Free Press. → Read More

Beware the palace coup, Pavelec

The smart kings can sense a palace coup before it really gets going. They have someone beheaded, or pass out free parcels of land to quell the uprising. → Read More

Policing the 

Prevention and personal relationships between the organization and its players is the Winnipeg Jets’ answer to controlling conduct. “We try to build personal relationships with our players. → Read More

Big changes afoot in Bomberland?

(imageTagFull)Stability has been a buzz-word around Blue Bombers management the last two seasons and something the franchise is desperately seeking. But at 4-8 and with a GM being chased by others, things are far from settled for this organization. → Read More

Wild signs with Bombers

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have agreed to terms with linebacker Ian Wild. Wild was released by the Pittsburgh Steelers during training camp and after exhausting NFL opportunities signed with the Bombers. → Read More

Big Blue are buzzard bait

MONTREAL — It’s pretty much inexplicable. One week after the biggest win of their season, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers couldn’t have been much worse in a season-defining loss Sunday. → Read More

U of Guelph courting Bombers Kyle Walters for athletic director

MONTREAL - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are not the only organization interested in the services of Kyle Walters. The Blue Bombers GM has been approached by boosters at the University of Guelph to take over as athletic director at the end of current AD Tom Kendall’s tenure. → Read More

Bombers, Alouettes looking for a lifeline

MONTREAL — Mike O’Shea didn’t want to get caught “crying wolf,” but he also underscored the weight of this game. So did just about everyone involved. → Read More

Five storylines for Montreal vs. Winnipeg

MONTREAL — Five storylines to ponder in advance of Sunday’s CFL showdown between the Win... - Bomber Report - Winnipeg Free Press. → Read More

CFL rookies freed up too fast

MONTREAL — Henoc Muamba has earned his right to free agency. But haven’t the Winnipeg Blue Bombers also earned the opportunity to match any offer he receives? Not in today’s CFL, but it’s certainly something GMs across the league are talking about right now. → Read More

Suspending Kane prior to charges being filed would be dangerous precedent

Ask yourself this question: Do you want to live in a world where accusations carry the same weight as a criminal charge? That’s the situation facing the Chicago Blackhawks, the NHL and its fans. Patrick Kane is going to attend Blackhawks training camp and this news has quickly become one of the most polarizing issues around the NHL. → Read More

Act 2 has plenty of drama for Jets coach Paul Maurice

The guy behind the bench, the one with the prominent jaw and electric eyes, forgive him if he seems a little fragmented or adopts a bit of a split personality this season. That’s going to happen when multiple masters have different expectations. → Read More

Bombers not the only CFL franchise with eye on Muamba

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are not out of the Henoc Muamba sweepstakes but they have company. The Canadian linebacker, who was drafted and starred with the Bombers before joining the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts, has been unable to secure a contract in the NFL following his recent release from the Colts and is now turning his attention on a return to the CFL. → Read More

Don’t put a stopwatch on Miller Time

Wade Miller doesn’t need the job. Which in the end may enable him to do it properly. → Read More

Willy’s injury masking Bombers’ progress

Marcel Bellefueille still has a job today because Mike O’Shea has a coaching background in special teams and not offence. For Pat Tracey, his bad luck was having a boss who knows just as much about specials teams play as he does. → Read More

Bombers boss drops ball on starting Brohm over reliable backup in Nichols

REGINA - Mike O’Shea had valid reasons for playing Brian Brohm at quarterback this week. The decision, however, didn’t produce a win and in pro football that is the only acceptable outcome. → Read More