Note: The Avalanche flew to Winnipeg following a 1-0 loss last night in St. Paul to the Wild. Colorado remains seven points back of the Jets with one game in hand. Will the Jets knock off a central division rival and end their six game losing streak? Keep it locked to illegalcurve.com for all the latest news with notifications via our twitter @illegalcurve & Facebook.
Note II: Evander Kane had his surgery yesterday and late last night John Shannon of Sportsnet tweeted that he was “Told that damage to Evander Kane’s shoulder was more severe than anticipated, but surgery was successful in repairing the torn labrum.”
Ottawa Sun: The damage is done in Winnipeg. Garrioch’s Sunday column is always an informative read and in today’s article he surveyed six league executives and got their thoughts on the situation.
Winnipeg Free Press: Jets returning to what worked. Considering the way the team was playing before the All-Star break they may want to get back to that old form as quick as possible.
Winnipeg Free Press: News & Notes. Ed starts with the Kane surgery, then discusses Scheifele breaking out of his slump, a Stuart block and Perreault shedding his beard.
Winnipeg Sun: Can Jets out brakes on slide? Plenty of teams have encountered bumps throughout the season (Flames lost eight straight from December 6th to December 20th ). The question is can the Jets arrest the fall and get back to winning?
CBC: The curious case of Evander Kane and the Winnipeg Jets. Jeff writes about the circumstances of the timing of this Kane incident, why word would get out and whether it was the appropriate time to send a message.
CBC: Coach’s Corner – on Jets’ Evander Kane: ‘Smarten up, don’t be a jerk’ (video). With a title like that it isn’t difficult to see what side of the issue Don Cherry falls on.
TSN: The ups and downs of Evander Kane (video). His skill and talent earned him a full-time job in the NHL as an 18-year old, but it hasn’t always been good times for Evander Kane. Here is a look back at his young career so far.
TSN: That’s Hockey – Can the Jets pick up the pieces (video)? With Evander Kane out, what happens now in Winnipeg? Can Kane still be traded? Can Kevin Cheveldayoff still fill the holes in the Jets’ lineup to push the Jets into the playoffs?
Sportsnet: Winnipeg has had a leadership problem for a while (video). The Hockey Central panel draws on personal experience to explain the NHL team traditions that prompted the event that sparked the Evander Kane drama and how the Jets lack of leadership contributed to Kane’s actions.
Sportsnet: Stock Exchange (video). PJ Stock, strutting his best tracksuit duds, shares his unique take on the Evander Kane saga in Winnipeg over a tracksuit and how little respect he commands with the Jets.
Illegal Curve: Coach Maurice scrum (audio). Did he like practice today? There seems to be a swoon post a break associated with this team, what do they have to do to get away from that? What is the key to having success against Colorado? What is the biggest difference in games that come after All-Star break? What was it about the 3rd period last night that stood out for him? Different mode of attack employed last night by Chicago.
Illegal Curve Hockey Show Replay:
Part 1: 0:00 – Jets/Blackhawks Recap. 20:17 – Jets/Blackhawks Recap continued. 28:59 – Jets vs. Avalanche Preview. 39:52 – Evander Kane, breaking down the weeks events. 57:57 – Evander Kane, who’s to blame? 1:07:48 – Evander Kane, what’s his trade value now?
Part 2: 0:00 – Interview with Jeff O’Neill, TSN. 13:17 – How does Evander Kane’s injury effect the Winnipeg Jets playoff chances? 25:35 – Interview with Mike Greenlay, FS North. 41:29 – NHL News & Notes. 49:55 – Taking Calls on Winnipeg Jets. 1:01:50 – Taking Calls on the Winnipeg Jets.