Note: This is day nine since the NHL and AHL hit the pause button on their respective 2019-20 seasons.
Note II: For Jets fans looking for a hockey fix (or fans of any sports) the folks at The Athletic are offering up a free 90 days.
Sportnet: Analyzing Winnipeg Jets’ off-season outlook if salary cap stays flat. Sean looks at the RFAs, UFAs, the situation with the Jets back up, trade acquisitions and defensive help.
The Athletic Winnipeg: How 10 bold preseason predictions are holding up in March. It feels a tad early to already be reflecting on the 2019-20 season but with the season on a pause Ken and Murat look back at the predictions they made while wearing prognostication hats (no evidence either wore the aforementioned hat) back in October.
The Athletic Winnipeg: With the NHL paused, what comes next for the Jets? (Paywall). Murat takes a look at what this pause means for the players, what it means for the schedule, how might the playoffs work, what happens to the 11 UFAs, the draft/draft lottery and finally a look at the salary cap.
Winnipeg Free Press: Hellebuyck a force to be reckoned with in Winnipeg net. (Paywall). Obviously we have a bit of a bias since here in this market as we watch Hellebuyck more than other players who are vying for the Hart but I fail to see anyone else who has been more valuable to their team than the Jets netminder.
TSN: Handing out MVP awards to the seven Canadian teams. There is no doubt who he picks for Winnipeg.
Sportsnet: Jets helped give Kylan Jackson an unforgettable dream day. 11-year old Winnipeg native and aspiring goalie Kylan Jackson enjoyed a dream day with the Winnipeg Jets and a local charitable organization, the Dream Factory.
TSN: Insider Trading: 82 games in 2020-21 paramount. Hockey Insiders Bob McKenzie, Darren Dreger, Pierre LeBrun and Senior Hockey Reporter Frank Seravalli explain why it’s crucial for the NHL to have an 82-game season in 2020-21, discuss the fates of the Memorial Cup and the men’s World Hockey Championship, the importance of keeping the league relevant, and more.
TSN: No immediate plans, focus right now is being a good example for self-isolation. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman joined ESPN’s Get Up! to give an update on the league, explaining that they want to be respectful of the Stanley Cup history, but the short term focus is setting a good example to self-isolate and keeping everyone safe. He will be exploring different options once he has been informed that it will be safe to resume play, but for now safety is the main focus.