Note: It was a busy Monday in Jets land with news that Tucker Poolman is day-to-day although based on practice it sounds like the Jets could get Nathan Beaulieu back for tonight’s game against New Jersey. It is an optional morning skate at 10:30 AM along with a media availability so be sure to check back for the Pre-game Report. Puck drop is at 7 PM.
Note II: Another twist to the Dustin Byfuglien saga according to Darren Dreger who yesterday indicated that the NHLPA continues to gather information and that it is likely a grievance will be filed by the PA once the matter has been fully reviewed.
Note III: The Moose are in Milwaukee today and will practice at 12:30 PM as they get set for tomorrow’s school day game against the Admirals which gets underway at 10:30 AM. The Moose got CJ Suess back as he was assigned yesterday and it was announced that Jansen Harkins was the CCM/AHL Player of the Week after putting up one goal and seven assists this past weekend.
Sportsnet: 31 Thoughts. Entire preamble is about Dustin Byfuglien as is point 1.
The Athletic Winnipeg: Small details and big decisions will determine the Jets’ Dustin Byfuglien saga. (Paywall). I gave you a brief overview of the Byfuglien saga (above) and Murat goes into the weeds with this one on the various ways this could go from a cap perspective.
Winnipeg Sun: Jets Gameday. Scott’s big matchup is Struggling power play vs. struggling penalty kill. His five things to watch include: 1) Hellebuyck show. 2) Shoot, and then shoot some more. 3) Beaulieu return. 4) Containing Hughes. 5) Nail bitters.
Winnipeg Sun: Jets Notebook. Scott’s notes include; 1) Beaulieu on track for season debut. 2) Poolman day-to-day. 3) Power play tweaks. 4) Suess to the Moose.
Winnipeg Sun: Roslovic gaining trust of Jets coach. Quite the interplay between the Jets bench boss and the 2015 1st rounder.
Winnipeg Free Press: Morrissey focused on making plays; not worried about mistakes. (Paywall). Lots on the shoulders of the Jets 2013 1st round pick.
Winnipeg Free Press: Beaulieu, Ehlers cringe after watching Ottawa rookie’s frightening collision. (Paywall). It was tough to watch for anyone but for young athletes it is a reminder that they are not immortal.
The Athletic Winnipeg: Are the Jets starting to find traction? 5 observations from their recent road trip. (Paywall). Ken reflects on the past week and his five observations include: 1) Bumper sticker beware. 2) Paul Maurice changes approach (sort of). 3) Power play still a story. 4) Laurent Brossoit fights through it. 5) Ville Heinola in the right place (for now).
TSN: Jets hope to keep momentum going Tuesday against Devils. After being decimated by injuries, the Jets’ up and down season is starting to gain traction. They’ve picked up six of a possible eight points in their last four games and wrapped up their road trip with a win in overtime against the Golden Knights, and aim to keep the ball rolling Tuesday when they host the Devils.
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And I occasionally jump in the play-by-play booth at Bell MTS Place to provide colour analysis during Manitoba Moose games.