Note: This is day 21 since the NHL and AHL hit the pause button on their respective 2019-20 seasons.
Sportsnet: Five most important goals in the modern Winnipeg Jets era. Sean takes a look back and picks his top five. What say you?
The Athletic: The 2020 NHL broadcast rankings: The best and worst markets to watch the games. (Paywall – 90 days free option). The Jets broadcast team finishes smack dab almost in the middle of the NHL with the 15th ranked broadcast. Dennis (Beyak) gets high marks, especially out of market, while his sometimes sidekick Kevin Sawyer doesn’t fare quite as well.
The Athletic Winnipeg: Jets captain Blake Wheeler weighs in on life at home without hockey. (Paywall – 90 days free option). Ken penned this piece on the life away from the game for the Jets captain.
Winnipeg Free Press: Laugh scored by Blake Wheeler, assisted by Jamie Benn; time of the fun... (Paywall). It was a bit unorthodox of an interview but it was definitely lighter than the usual interactions we sometimes see.
Winnipeg Sun: Wheeler adjusting to life as full-time dad, teacher. One thing folks, not just hockey players, will appreciate in a post-Coronavirus world will be just how difficult a job it is to teach. When hockey players do return to the business of hockey they will likely have a new found appreciation, not only for their jobs, but for the work that gets done at home when they aren’t present.
Global News: Jets captain Blake Wheeler plays teacher role while hunkering down in Winnipeg. With the option to return to Minnesota the captain has stuck in Manitoba with his family during this pandemic.
The Athletic Winnipeg: A tiny village in India, a father, a son and a shared love of the Winnipeg Jets. (Paywall – free for 90 days option). One bonus we are seeing is some stories we wouldn’t normally be seeing at this time of the year. This one from Murat is no exception.
TSN: Experience helping Connor evolve into an elite goal scorer. What have we learned about the Jets this season? TSN reporter Sara Orlesky breaks down the challenges the team has faced, specifically their roster issues on the blue line, discusses Kyle Connor’s emergence as an elite goal scorer and how it impacts Patrik Laine’s game and who the future is defensively for Winnipeg.
Illegal Curve: Jets captain Blake Wheeler participates in Central Division Conference Call. The conference call ran 36 minutes with the four central division forwards including Blake Wheeler.
TSN: Why NHL extended isolation period to April 15. TSN Hockey Insiders Darren Dreger, Pierre LeBrun and Bob McKenzie virtually joined host James Duthie to discuss why the NHL extended its isolation period, what could happen to signing bonuses come July 1 and whether or not there’s hope this current stoppage can bring long-term labour peace on the other side.