Note: This is day thirteen since the NHL and AHL hit the pause button on their respective 2019-20 seasons.
Note II: NHL provides Q&A regarding coronavirus pause. Check it out here.
Jets site: Director of Player Development, Jimmy Roy, breaks down the 2019-20 season for several Jets prospects. He looks at Heinola, Samberg, Berdin, Vesalainen, Stanley, Chisholm, Gawanke, Kovacevic, Smith, Nikkanen and Lundmark.
The Athletic Winnipeg: Who could the Jets lose to Seattle in the 2021 expansion draft? (Paywall – 90 days of free access). While it is still aways away Ken takes a look at who he has on his list for the Jets to protect.
The Athletic Winnipeg: Why Connor Hellebuyck deserves his first Vezina Trophy. (Paywall – 90 days of free access). Hellebuyck certainly deserves some Hart consideration given what he has achieved this season especially if the Jets make it (would have made it) into the playoffs.
The Athletic: NHL awards for the 2019-20 season. (Paywall – 90 days of free access). Still not sure if these will be handed out but if they are the Athletic folks are certainly behind Connor Hellebuyck for Vezina.
The Athletic Winnipeg: The Boarding Pass. Winnipeg native and former NHL’er Trevor Kidd joins Murat and Ken to discuss the new normal and how all three of them are coping and keeping busy with their families during self isolation. The Jets Analyst and the Boarding Pass team also talk hockey as the Jets were poised to make a run for a playoff spot when the NHL season was paused. The boys praise the Vezina type season for Connor Hellebuyck, the dynamic Connor shares with his goalie partner Laurent Brossoit and how the goaltending position has evolved. Plus, the guys ask Kidder about his famed checker board pads, his junior hockey career, winning the Memorial Cup in Spokane and playing with Eddie Belfour in Toronto.
TSN: If NHL returns in summer, ice makers face daunting task. We spoke about this on Saturday’s show and here is a ice maker himself talking about the challenges the NHL would face.
Sportsnet: Brainstorming six Stanley Cup Playoff format ideas for 2020. While we continue to have no clue about whether there will even be a playoffs this spring/summer it is still fun to consider all the different possibilities the NHL could attempt in this unique situation.
Sportsnet: NHL’s top 20 UFAs of 2020: Latest rumours, reports. While it was a ho-hum trade deadline Winnipegger Cody Eakin should be listed under the Jets banner not Vegas. Eakin was not listed in the top 20 but rather the “other notable UFAs” at the bottom of the piece. Any players on the list you could see wearing a Jets uniform next season?
TSN: If NHL returns, not unreasonable that games could be played into September. The National Hockey League continues to look into scenarios which could see the season salvaged as the Board of Governors held a conference call on Monday. TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger explains what those plans could look like, including playing into September, and reveals how an infectious disease consultant gave ‘a reality check’ to the BOGs.