Note: This is day 66 since the NHL hit the pause button on the 2019-20 season.
Note II: While the resumption of the 2019-20 season is still in flux one thing that is certain is that even if play resumes there will not be any games played at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg. With that in mind the team sent out information to season ticket holders advising them of what they can do with the remaining four home games left. To read click here.
Note III: Reminder that the Illegal Curve Hockey Show, which is normally starting at 9 am on TSN 1290 Winnipeg this morning, remains on hiatus.
Winnipeg Free Press: Jets’ offence needs to play better defence. (Paywall). They say a good offence comes from a good defence and it was clear this season that the Jets forwards collectively need to continue to commit to improvement in that area.
Winnipeg Sun: Laine, Hellebuyck among Jets confirmed for charity Fortnite tourney. I never woulda thought people would be more interested in watching other people play video games rather than playing them themselves but welcome to the modern age. #Iamaboomer
TSN: Hellebuyck says mental turnaround the key in bounce-back season. Frank caught up with the Jets netminder who describes how he was able to handle the difficulties of last season.
The Athletic: Jets mailbag: Analyzing a proposed Scheifele trade, Little’s future and more. (Paywall – with 90 day free option). Ken and Murat answer your Jets questions.
The Athletic Winnipeg: The Boarding Pass. Elliotte Friedman from Hockey Night in Canada and the NHL on Rogers Sportsnet joins Ken and Murat to update the Boarding Pass on the NHL’s return to play scenarios and the draft. Friedge also provides his analysis on the Jets, if they are in store for a long playoff run this summer, plus dealing with Jets coach Paul Maurice. Finally, Friedge tells Ken and Murat the origin story of 31 thoughts the column and podcast.
TSN 1290 Winnipeg: The Afternoon Ride. Murat Ates of The Athletic Winnipeg joins the boys to talk some Jets.
TSN: Should a full player vote be used when NHLPA receives final return proposal? As of right now the NHLPA has not received the final return proposal from the NHL, but when they do, should the NHLPA executive committee of 31 player reps vote or should they implement a full player vote on the matter? Darren Dreger and Ray Ferraro weigh in and also touch on escrow and how it has a factor in the return to play conversation.
Sportsnet: Likely to hear NHL announce Plan A for playoffs next week. Elliotte Friedman joined Tim & Sid to discuss the NHL’s decision on the draft and playoffs and why isolation measures could be a challenge for potential Canadian NHL hub cities.