Note: RFA watch continues here in Winnipeg as we are less than one week away from Andrew Copp’s salary arbitration hearing and nine days away from Neal Pionk’s scheduled hearing. In addition folks around these parts are waiting to see what happens with Patrik Laine, Kyle Connor and Eric Comrie.
Note II: While folks were expecting RFA announcements the team did announce a signing today as they got 2019 1st round pick Ville Heinola signed to a three-year, entry-level contract.
Yahoo Sports: Is Winnipeg mostly done for the summer? If you look at the first note above it is clear there is still plenty of work to get done in the ‘Peg. But obviously he is referencing Winnipeg keeping up with the Central Division arms race.
NBC Sports: On the Central Division and the arms race that’s only intensifying. The Central Division is arguably the best division in hockey again as Scott looks at which teams are on the rise, which teams are still strong and which teams might take a step back.
Illegal Curve: Discussing the Winnipeg Jets with analytics expert Sean Tierney. On Saturday’s Illegal Curve Hockey Show we touched on projecting the Winnipeg Jets next season, splitting up Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler, the goalie tandem of Connor Hellebuyck and Laurent Brossoit and more.
Illegal Curve Hockey Show Replay:
Topics: Elliotte Friedman’s comments about Patrik Laine, Andrew Copp and Neal Pionk looking for contracts with their arbitration dates approaching, The Central Division—6 playoff caliber teams for (maybe) 5 playoff spots, Kevin Labanc signs a bizarre 1 year, $1.0 million dollar contract with San Jose, Free Agency winners and losers
Guests: Sean Tierney (Hockey Graphs, The Athletic) starts at 27:22, Justin Bradford (Editor-in-Chief, Penalty Box Radio) starts at 50:58, Dante Gianuzzi (Portland Winterhawks goaltender) starts at 1:14:25.
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