WHAT'S IN A LOGO? Sure, there has been a lot of discussion about the Jets' new logo, but anger? Yes, that too. Some anti-war activists in Canada are very upset at the use of the old Canadian Air Force emblem to serve as the basis for the Jets logo. We are talking about the aesthetic appeal here, but the symbolic one. Here's an example: Tyler Shipley's take on the militarism of the logo. I just don't get it. It's a gesture of appreciation to honor the troops of the country, not an encouragement of war acts. I know I'm not the only one that thinks this anger is way off base. The team is named the Jets, so it would stand to reason the logo might feature, oh I don't know, a Jet! Moreover Winnipeg has a history with the air force, so it's appropriate. It isn't about approving of wars, it's about honoring the people that have sacrificed their lives in the name of their country. How can that be criticized?
MUELLER RETURNS: Out since suffering a concussion in early April of 2010, Avalanche winger Peter Mueller returned to the ice on Monday in Colorado. It's part of his long recovery that hopes to have him back by the start of training camp in September. Mueller had a very promising rookie season with the Coyotes in 2007-08 when he scored 22 goals with 32 assists, but has struggled to match those numbers since. But in his short stint with the Avs before the injury, he did have nine goals and 11 assists in just 15 games. Hopefully he is over his concussion symptoms and can find his groove again on the ice, the Avs could certainly use it.
ABDELKADER'S BUSY SUMMER: He has been to weddings, going back and forth between his Michigan home of Muskegon and Detroit, taking trips and having one flight with the famous U.S. Navy Blue Angels. Still, he managed to work in a little time volunteering at the Grand Rapids Griffins youth camp. Himself a former Griffins player, Abdelkader made it three consecutive years heading out to help teach the youngsters to skate, stick-handle and more. Sure beats a lot of other ways a guy could spend his summer.