Note: The Jets practiced on Monday (although any news was overshadowed by what you’ll read about in note II) as they prepared for a huge game against the Nashville Predators tonight to close out this three-game homestand. Morning skate gets underway at 10:30 AM so be sure to check back for our pre-game report for the latest news and audio. Puck drop is at 7 pm.
Note II: Frank Seravalli of TSN is reporting that the Jets and Dustin Byfuglien‘s representation are working towards a mutual termination of the contract and he spoke about his report on TSN 1290 which you can listen to here.
Note III: The Moose also have a number of skating wounded although one of them, Joona Luoto, won’t be back this season as Pascal Vincent indicated he was done for the year after the Finnish winger had surgery on an upper-body injury. Manitoba will have another day of practice today as they get ready for six straight home games starting with the Wolves on Thursday. They will be doing it without Jimmy Oligny who was suspended for two games due to a kneeing incident in Rockford last weekend.
The Athletic Winnipeg: With Dustin Byfuglien’s contract soon off the books, here’s how Kevin Cheveldayoff could save the Jets’ season. (Paywall). Murat looks at a number of possible scenarios as to how this could play out for the Jets.
The Athletic Winnipeg: Dustin Byfuglien and Jets appear to be heading toward a split. Has he played his last game in the NHL? (Paywall). Ken looks back at the entire situation to see how it has come to this point and while there appear to still be more questions than answers he attempts to answer same.
Winnipeg Sun: Jets hope ‘engagement’ helps pull them out of tailspin. It won’t be easy although the opponents over the next stretch won’t exactly be juggernauts.
Winnipeg Sun: Five keys to the game. Scotty’s keys include: 1) Laine streaking. 2) Roslovic encore. 3) Low danger. 4) Better firsts. 5) More the merrier.
Winnipeg Sun: Winnipeg double-whammy, as Streveler, Big Buff, head for door. Paul’s column touches on both well liked players heading out of town.
Winnipeg Free Press: Are Jets better off without Big Buff? (Paywall). Mike offers his thoughts on the situation.
TSN: How will Jets manage cap if and when the team parts ways with Byfuglien? It appears as if the Jets and Dustin Byfuglien are nearing closer to a mutual contract termination according to several reports. That’s Hockey discusses whether or not the team should be aggressive right away in making a move with the expected growth in cap room or wait until the deadline gets closer.
TSN: Byfuglien, Jets heading toward mutual split. The season long impasse between Dustin Byfuglien and the Jets looks to be heading towards a resolution, as both sides are working toward a mutual contract termination, according to sources. The split would make Byfuglien an unrestricted free agent and give Winnipeg some much-needed cap clarity as the trade deadline nears. Frank Seravalli has more.
Sportsnet: Dustin Byfuglien to separate from Jets, likely to miss rest of season. NHL insider Elliotte Friedman joined Evanka Osmak to discuss the latest involving the Winnipeg Jets and Dustin Byfuglien.
TSN 1290 Winnipeg: The Afternoon Ride. Frank Seravalii joined Hustler yesterday to chat about his report regarding Dustin Byfuglien and the Winnipeg Jets.