Note: Puck drop is at 7:00 pm CDT tonight for today’s game against the Devils. After the game, be sure to check us out for all the post-game reaction.
Note II: ESPN has a poll out of 50 anonymous NHL players and rather than see it as a negative I think it is providing Winnipeg with a prime opportunity for re-branding.
Winnipeg Free Press: Rejuvenated Little giving Jets timely boost. (Paywall). He has been a solid contributor since his return from injury.
Winnipeg Sun: Jets, Byfuglien situation may be headed to arbitrator. Scott wrote about the topic which seems to be hanging over the Jets this season like a guillotine.
Sportsnet: 31 Thoughts: What’s next in ‘complicated’ Byfuglien situation? Entire preamble is about Dustin Byfuglien as is point 1.
The Athletic Winnipeg: Small details and big decisions will determine the Jets’ Dustin Byfuglien saga. (Paywall). Murat goes into the weeds with this one on the various ways this could go from a cap perspective.
Illegal Curve: Jets vs. Devils pre-game report. The Jets held an optional morning skate but did hold a media availability before they take on the Devils which takes place at 7:00 pm CDT. Check out the projected lines and D pairs and hear from Bryan Little and Neal Pionk.
Illegal Curve: Morning Papers. If you missed any of the news from earlier today we have you covered.
Illegal Curve: Coach Maurice pre-game scrum. Scrum topics – What kind of game is he wanting to see from his team tonight? What does Bryan Little bring in terms of stability to the second line? On team identity, how much he learns in the first 20 games and then evolving from his original assessment. Is there anything about this team that surprises him at this point? Does he look back at the Devils game (game 2 of the season) for tonight’s game? Power play talk. On Neal Pionk playing 29 minutes in that last game. Is Nathan Beaulieu playing? Update on Poolman?
I also appear on the Illegal Curve Hockey Show every Saturday on TSN 1290 Winnipeg starting at 9 am.
And I occasionally jump in the play-by-play booth at Bell MTS Place to provide colour analysis during Manitoba Moose games.