Note II: We learned on Wednesday that Jets coach Paul Maurice embarked on a offseason player visit tour this summer.
Note III: The Jets announced that they have locked up defenceman Josh Morrissey to an eight-year contract extension.
The Athletic Winnipeg: Josh Morrissey’s eight-year extension with Jets shows commitment to core that remains. (Paywall). Ken provides his thoughts on the deal.
The Hockey News: Why Morrissey’s eight-year, $50-million extension is a home run for the Jets. The reactions are coming in fast and furious on the extension the team announced for Morrissey.
Sportsnet: Why the Winnipeg Jets need Josh Morrissey now more than ever. It certainly adds some stability to a backend with quite a bit of uncertainty surrounding it.
Sportsnet: Kyle Connor is a wanted man. Normally I’d say it feels late in the game for teams to still be contemplating this type of move but the summer of 2019 has proven to be chaotic so I guess anything could happen. And reading the article the last team to check in was over a month ago. So I’d put this in the ‘I still don’t see this happening’ but ya never know.
The Athletic Winnipeg: David Gustafsson is a player to watch at first NHL camp. (Paywall). He is certainly a player that many folks are curious about. Ken has more on the Jets 2nd round pick from 2018.
Winnipeg Free Press: Jets star Scheifele surprises juniors with rack of suits. (Paywall). Nice way for 55 to welcome the kids to Winnipeg.
Winnipeg Free Press: Jets playing hardball out of necessity. (Paywall). Mike writes about the situation in Winnipeg regarding the cap.
Winnipeg Sun: Stronger Niku and healthy Poolman looking to earn full-time work with Jets. The two players the Jets will be counting on to step up in a big way this season as they get a chance to seize the opportunity that is in front of them.
TSN: Wheeler admits chasing Stanley Cup took a toll last season. Sara had a chance to catch up with the Jets captain to gather his thoughts on the past season.
TSN: Why every day matters for Jets with Laine and Connor. Frank writes about the Jets having a bit more urgency than other teams to get their RFAs signed.
The Athletic Winnipeg: Amid strong hints of home, Patrik Laine looks headed to short-term solution with Jets. (Paywall). When reading a hockey article I didn’t expect to learn about geography but Murat with some insight into an area in Minnesota I didn’t know existed. If geography isn’t your thing he does talk quite a bit about Patrik Laine in this piece.
The Athletic Winnipeg: Jets season preview. Not exactly a glowing season preview by Dom Luszczyszyn of the Jets for the 2019-20 season. He doesn’t expect much but as I’ve been writing or saying on air I suspect this type of article will be what the Jets use in the “us against the world” mantra I suspect we will see them adopt this season.
TSN: Cheveldayoff’s deal with Morrissey shows Jets’ RFA’s he’s not waiting around. Dave Poulin joins Tessa Bonhomme to explain why he believes Josh Morrissey’s extension is a good deal for both the player and team. He also says this is Kevin Cheveldayoff showing his RFA’s that he’s not waiting around for them.
TSN: Vulnerability, candor, timing stood out from Wheeler’s interview. TSN Hockey analyst Dave Poulin breaks down what jumped out to him from Blake Wheeler’s candid interview with Sara Orlesky, and explains what people might not understand about being the captain of an NHL team.
TSN: This was certainly the most candid that I’ve seen him. Sara Orlesky explains that Blake Wheeler is a notoriously very guarded person when it comes to speaking to the media, and she was surprised that the Jets captain opened up so much during her interview with him.
TSN: Wheeler opens up about his challenges as Jets captain both on and off the ice. Blake Wheeler sat down with Sara Orlesky and opened up about his challenges as Jets captain both on and off the ice, explain why he has to approach young players differently as a leader in today’s NHL, and reveal why the high expectations and the pursuit of winning a Stanley Cup last season caused him to lose touch with his family life.
Winnipeg Jets forward Mason Appleton joined Andrew Paterson and Rick Ralph on the Afternoon Ride. They discussed his summer, what he learned from last season and how he can apply it to this year.
TSN’s Sara Orlesky joined Andrew Paterson and Rick Ralph on the Afternoon Ride. They discussed her exclusive interview with Blake Wheeler, Wheeler’s openness about wanting to win and being a leader.
Dom Luszczszyn of The Athletic joined Andrew Paterson and Rick Ralph on the Afternoon Ride. They discussed his projections for the Winnipeg Jets coming into 2019, why he is pessimistic about the team and the number of question marks on the roster.