Note: Fans coming off of their Labour Day Weekend with the reality of a busy Tuesday were likely hoping to learn that Josh Morrissey or Eric Comrie were close to signing new deals. Instead what they got was news that the Jets had extended captain Blake Wheeler for a further five years.
Winnipeg Sun: Blake Wheeler says Jets time is now. No doubt about it that the Jets captain recognizes that the window to win has been opened.
Winnipeg Free Press: GM expects Morrissey to be signed by training camp. (Paywall). That time is certainly drawing closer and closer.
Winnipeg Free Press: Growing group of Jets, Moose players, prospects warm up ahead of camp. (Paywall). Another benefit to both the NHL and AHL squads playing in the same city.
Winnipeg Free Press: Jets sign Wheeler to five-year, $41M extension. (Paywall). Mike has more on the big news of Tuesday.
Sportsnet: Jets face new set of challenges with Stanley Cup window officially open. Amazing how the window appears to just be opening and yet at the same time we see how the projected time that window will be open for is seen as limited in a cap sensitive NHL.
NBC Sports: Signing Laine and other Jets cap challenges after Wheeler extension. It doesn’t get any easier for the Jets GM as he tries to finesse his roster for the future.
The Hockey News: Wheeler’s extension is a worthwhile risk for the Jets. No question that signing a player in his early 30s comes with some risk but the Jets obviously knew they needed to get something done.
Global News: ‘My heart is here’: Winnipeg Jets’ captain Blake Wheeler in it for the long haul. The Jets captain shared his feelings following the signing.
TSN: Poulin on Wheeler extension: ‘It’s a good contract for the team and player’. Dave Poulin joins Kara Wagland to discuss Blake Wheeler’s five-year extension with the Jets and why the term and money are spot on. He also looks ahead at how this might affect other Jets’ contracts moving forward, specifically Patrik Laine.
TSN: By the numbers – Wheeler’s production in Winnipeg. With Blake Wheeler and the Jets reaching a five-year, $41.25M extension, SportsCentre dives deep into the captain’s numbers during his time in Winnipeg.
Sportsnet: Tough contract decisions loom for Winnipeg Jets. Elliotte Friedman joins Tim and Sid to discuss how the Winnipeg Jets will have some tough roster decisions when it comes to contracts in the near future.
Sportsnet: Maurice explains what Wheeler brings as a captain to Jets. Paul Maurice joins Prime Time Sports to go over what Blake Wheeler means to the Winnipeg Jets.
Sportsnet: Wheeler, Jets happy to find number that kept team together. Sean Reynolds caught up with newly signed Jets captain Blake Wheeler to discuss how happy he was to find a number that worked for both parties, that would keep the Jets core together.
Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun joined Andrew Paterson and Rick Ralph on the Afternoon Ride. They discussed why Blake Wheeler’s contract extension was good value for the Winnipeg Jets and why Wheeler may age gracefully.
TSN Hockey analyst Dave Poulin joined Andrew Paterson and Rick Ralph on the Afternoon Ride. They discussed the five year contract extension to Blake Wheeler and how much age was a factor in negotiations.
Murat Ates of The Athletic joined Andrew Paterson and Rick Ralph on the Afternoon Ride. They discussed Blake Wheeler’s contract extension and how he fits in with the Jets long-term plans.
Jets captain Blake Wheeler joined the Big Show after signing his 5 year extension worth 8.25 million per season. Wheeler touched on the negotiations, getting things done before camp, his relationship with Mark Scheifele and why this year sets up as the most important one yet for the club.