Note: This is day 72 since the NHL hit the pause button on the 2019-20 season.
Note II: Patrik Laine will be taking part in a video chat today at 9 AM CT. I will be on the call and will post it on here once it is available. Update: To watch the full conference call you can click here.
NHL.com: Scheifele, Parayko, Ristolainen picks for top current No. 55. A trio of NHL writers debate who wears 55 best.
Winnipeg Free Press: Laine keen to hit the ice, despite potential challenges of new playoff format. (Paywall). He was his usual dry self in today’s chat.
Winnipeg Sun: Patrik Laine golfing, chilling and taking Lambo selfies. Scott’s piece from today’s chat with Jets Finnish phenom Patrik Laine.
The Athletic Winnipeg: Breaking down 10 defencemen the Jets could pursue in the offseason. (Paywall – 30 day free option). The big question for the Jets is what is gonna happen on the backend. Ken takes a look at a number of players who the local NHL squad could target for next season.
Sportsnet: How Flames stack up to Jets in potential playoff series. Would certainly be fun watching Atlanta 1.0 vs Atlanta 2.0 battle it out in a first round playoff series.
Winnipeg Sun: Winnipeg’s pro sports teams can reopen training facilities under strict guidelines. With it being May 21st the players coming from outside Manitoba would need to quarantine in the province for at least two weeks so it would seem the earliest the “team” could practice together would be sometime in the first week or so of June.
TSN: Which play-in series involving a Canadian team would be most intriguing? If the NHL indeed goes with the 24-team Return to Play proposal, which play-in series involving a Canadian team is the most intriguing? TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button ranks the match-ups.
Sportsnet: In Conversation with Winnipeg Jets head coach Paul Maurice. Paul Maurice and Cassie Campbell-Pascall joined Ron MacLean on In Conversation. They discuss how a dinner helped bring home gold, the voice of the Blues is Jake Maurice and everything from bikes to basements.
TSN: NHLPA expected to finish vote on Return to Play format by tonight. Looks like you can expect some more next this evening.
TSN: A closer look at the NHL’s proposed 24-team return. TSN Hockey Insiders Pierre LeBrun, Darren Dreger and Bob McKenzie discuss the proposed 24-team return for the NHL, the subsequent playoff matchups and the next steps for the league.