Note: This is day five since the NHL hit the pause button on the 2019-20 season.
Note II: The NHL has provided a new directive for players this morning saying they can return to their home cities but would need to self-quarantine.
Sportsnet: How 24-team Stanley Cup Playoffs could look after halted season. Sounds like a better idea than re-starting the regular season. Like the idea of the teams that are top getting a bye and the rest playing a best of three series to get in. May as well reward the top teams.
Winnipeg Sun: Blake Wheeler: Stay home. Jets captain Blake Wheeler spoke out on twitter about the ongoing situation.
The Athletic Winnipeg: Emotional few days after Jets’ owner changes course and agrees to pay employees. (Paywall). Murat touched base with a worker impacted by the decisions made over the last few days.
Winnipeg Sun: Jets finally end self-inflicted PR nightmare. Wasn’t a good look and it appeared that the overriding sentiment was a negative one to the initial comment and secondly the letter released by the organization.
Winnipeg Sun: Jets fan calls on grassroots fundraising for arena workers. Nice to see but certainly not the responsibility of fans to pay the costs in this instance.
Winnipeg Free Press: Jets alter course, will pay part-time workers. (Paywall). Not surprised this was the conclusion reached and I did say on Saturday’s show that I would expect something before when the next home Jets game would have been (which is tomorrow).
Illegal Curve: With the NCAA cancelling winter championships what might be next for Winnipeg Jets draft pick Dylan Samberg? All eyes are on the Hermantown, Minnesota product.
Illegal Curve Hockey Show Replay:
Topics: NHL suspends 2019-20 regular season due to COVID-19 pandemic, Jets win 4 games in a row before NHL season suspended, NHL urges players to self-quarantine to help save season, How will the NHL handle the rest of the regular season and the playoffs, True North’s response to the NHL shutdown.
Guests: Murat Ates (The Athletic Winnipeg) at 27:53 and Scott Cruickshank (The Athletic Calgary) at 49:39.
To listen to part one click here.
Topics: The financial impact of the NHL shutdown, Should the NHL use this opportunity to rethink their season calendar, Could the NHL shutdown impact the 2020 NHL Draft.
Guests: Tom Lynn (Former Minnesota Wild Assistant GM, Principal/Player Agent at Veritas Hockey) at 00:32, Cam Robinson (Elite Prospects, Dobber Hockey, Dobber Prospects) at 24:31 and Jacob Micflikier (Växjö Lakers HC / SHL) at 54:53.
To listen to part two click here.