Note: The Jets opened up Free Agency on Sunday with the news that they had lost out on the Paul Stastny sweepstakes to their Western Conference Final rival Vegas. The team did add a backupgoalie and made some additional depth moves all of which were discussed by GM Kevin Cheveldayoff.
The Athletic Winnipeg: Jets’ contingency plan now that Paul Stastny is gone. (Paywall). When plan A doesn’t fall into place it is time to go to your alternate and Murat details what that might look like for the Jets.
NBC Sports: Losing Stastny hurts but doesn’t break the Jets. The Jets weren’t exactly limping along when they acquired him at the trade deadline this past season. I believe they were in second place in the central which is where they finished.
Winnipeg Free Press: Jets acquire Laurent Brossoit as backup for Hellebuyck. (Paywall). It wasn’t the big splash many were hoping for but perhaps Connor Hellebuyck’s partner in crime will find his way here in Winnipeg.
Winnipeg Free Press: Price tag too high for Jets to keep Stastny. (Paywall). While there is no doubt he would have been a nice piece of the puzzle the question of affordability definitely loomed large and would have ensured more surgery was required.
Winnipeg Sun: Goalie brought in to be No. 2 behind Hellebuyck. Ken provides his thoughts on the moves made by the Jets during free agency.
TSN: Who will end Canada’s Stanley Cup drought? Does the addition of John Tavares make the Maple Leafs the favourite to end Canada’s Stanley Cup drought, or could it be Winnipeg after their deep playoff run? Craig Button and Frank Seravalli debate.
TSN: With Stastny’s departure, what’s next for Jets? With all relatively quiet on the Jets’ front on the opening day of free agency, Sara Orlesky gets you up to date on the latest goings on with Jets; As well, the panel discusses what Stastny’s departure means for the Jets’ depth.
Illegal Curve: Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff. Scrum topics included – The conversation with Paul Stastny last night. Does he feel comfortable with the internal candiates to replace Stastny? How hard was it to say goodbye to Steve Mason and Joel Armia? On the deal with Brossoit. Competition for backup role. Competition heading into training camp. Did he talk to Hellebuyck about Broissoit? Balance between finding good players and having to pay them. On losing Stastny. Does he plan on trying to get something done with Blake Wheeler this summer? Is there fear of the Wheeler contract situation “lingering”? On status of Jets RFAs. With Stastny not signing is he confident that he won’t have to do any more “surgery” to his lineup to get his players signed. Where is Patrik Laine on his to do list? Thoughts on Jack Roslovic playing at centre? What does he like on the depth pieces he brought into the organization?