Tuesday, July 12 Winnipeg Jets Morning Papers

Posted by David Minuk in Daily Papers,Winnipeg Morning Papers on July 12, 2011 — 9 Comments

Winnipeg Free Press:  True North won’t confirm Jets move to Central.  Whether it is confirmed or denied, as news is relatively light, will generate a lot of talk.

Washington Post:  Eric Fehr says trade to Winnipeg came as a shock.  He will be a welcome addition to the Jets.

TSN:  Jets heading to Central division.  Some might be mad that we won’t be renewing our old Smythe division rivalries against the other Canadian teams, but this makes the most geographical sense.  We have discussed this in the past but it appears this could mean the NHL is leaning towards a 4 division league; 7 teams in Pacific, 7 teams in Central with 8 in Atlantic and 8 in the Northeast.

More Jets news and articles from Around the NHL after the jump.

Winnipeg Free Press:  Jets too busy to stage a prospect camp.  Jets fans will have to wait for next summer to see the prospects.

Toronto Sun:  Not playing in ‘Peg sucks says Toews.  Before anyone in Chicago gets too worried, he is just bemoaning the fact that the Hawks won’t be playing in the Peg’ this season.

Around the NHL:

National Post:  Jagr’s mullet finally ready to fly again.  Will this comeback be Lemieux-like or Forsberg?  Personally I still think the 39 year old has something left in the tank but will be interesting to see how he plays in Philadelphia this season.

Winnipeg Free Press:  Bryzgalov already yakking about bringing Cup to Philly.  Probably a good thing that he’s showing confidence in himself.

Boston Herald:  Bruins build depth on blue line.  Interesting to think that some of these kids are not going to be looked at again for 2 or 3 seasons.

Detroit Free Press:  Red Wings re-sign Joey MacDonald; Chris Osgood might be next.  Looks like the Wings and Osgood could reunite for another season.

National Post:  No reason to fear an NHL lockout, Fehr says.  Good news because fans in Winnipeg didn’t wait 15 years to see the NHL go back to a lockout.

  • How would the playoffs work if the divisions are undivided?

  • Anonymous

    Probably top 4 from each div make playoffs.
    But what happens the following year when Phoenix moves to Quebec?
    Colorado moves into Pacific and Detroit moves back into the Western Conference Central division.

  • I was wondering the same thing if Phoenix takes off to the East.

  • I wouldn’t put a whole lot of weight on the map above.  It would seem to be pure speculation, and is even contrary to the article which was linked to.  The article states that Nashville will be part of the Central, not the “Southeast” or whatever they name it.  So if Nashville is in, then Colorado is still in the Pacific, likely (which makes it even harder when Phoenix moves).  The other clue the map above is wrong: Buffalo and Toronto aren’t in the same division.  Unless the NHL wants to limit the Sabres’ clear biggest draw, this isn’t happening.

  • seems like an easier division for the Jets. Chicago is the only guaranteed good team there, although some are showing possibilities.

  • Matt – good point about the map.  It wasn’t intended to reflect the article, but was in fact just a quick draw to give a hypothetical 4 division alignment.

  • My guess would be:

    West:Nucks, Oil, Flames, Ducks, Sharks, Kings, Yotes and Avs
    (This division has to include Avs just in case Yotes leave)
    Central: Jets, Wild, Stars, Hawks, Pred, Blues and Blue Jackets
    (If Yotes move east, Detroit comes back. Travel issues are gone anyways.)
    East: It doesn’t really matter how these two are broken up. 

  • Detroit’s biggest issue with being in the West is playing teams in different time zones. The new breakdown substantially minimizes this issue as all divisional opponents would be within one timezone of eachother.

  • Good question.. Top two from each division and the bottom four go back the the conference?