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Winnipeg Jets coach Rick Bowness media availability on day 1 of training camp

The bench boss kicks off his second year in Winnipeg on day 1 of camp.

Now in his second season as bench boss of the Winnipeg Jets hear from Rick Bowness as he gets set to kick off training camp.


1) Thoughts heading into training camp (:20)
2) How the pieces will be assembled (1:15)
3) Playing Cole Perfetti at centre (2:03)
4) Does his familiarity change his approach? (2:37)
5) Does the way they played Vegas to start series change his thoughts? (3:57)
6) Keeping chances down while increasing chances for themselves (4:35)
7) Opportunities on the power play (5:36)
8) How can he ward off this year what happened to them last year in Jan/Feb/March? (6:15)
9) How does the culture evolve under Adam Lowry and move on from Blake Wheeler? (6:57)
10) What’s his objective in the first week of training camp? (7:52)
11) What’s he looking for specifically? (8:30)
12) How does he move forward from the exit meetings? (9:25)
13) How did he handle that? Did he talk to players individually? (9:36)
14) Can he shed any light for fans on what it will be like going forward? (10:15)
15) How does he deal with six players on expiring contracts? (10:46)
16) Can Jets be beneficiaries of guys playing for next contracts? (11:26)
17) What about the distraction it creates? (11:42)
18) With Laurent Brossoit in the fold, will Connor Hellebuyck starts come down? (12:16)
19) The glut of defenceman (12:41)
20) Same issue with depth of forward crew (13:37)
21) Has he tried to assess why the slide seemed to happen to so many at same time? (14:26)
22) Giving guys “on the bubble” a fair shot (15:36)
23) Does it feel like it’s a big year for this franchise? (16:42)
24) Anyone injured coming into camp? (17:35)


Extrapolating Jets lines from today’s media chat:


Expect more practicing this season.

With Laurent Brossoit in the mix it might mean a more reduced load for Connor Hellebuyck.

Only player coming into Jets training camp with an injury is Wyatt Bongiovanni. He’s dealing with a groin issue so it will cost him a few days.

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