Note: This is day 90 since the NHL hit the pause button on the 2019-20 season.
Note II: Athletic Winnipeg subscribers can submit their questions for Murat Ates’ Jets mailbag here.
Note III: The local chapter of the PHWA has nominated Mark Letestu as the Jets nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy. Read more here.
Winnipeg Free Press: Oilers among teams to hit the ice while Jets stay grounded. (Paywall). Considering the limitations imposed in phase 2 I suspect there isn’t a big advantage to a few players practicing together and guys working out on their own in their respective cities.
The Athletic: Anonymous NHL coach, scout and exec pick play-in winners. (Paywall). This trio feels the Jets will edge the Flames out in a unanimous decision.
The Athletic: Ranking all 31 goalie tandems based on their salary cap hit. (Paywall). A top 10 finish for the Jets duo with the starter Connor Hellebuyck carrying the load.
The Athletic Winnipeg: How a 5-hour, $200 cab ride launched Mikhail Berdin’s career. (Paywall). If you want interesting an character with talent to match, Mikhail Berdin is your guy. Murat with an interesting tale on how he made his journey to North America.
Jets winger Blake Wheeler talks on NBC Sports about a possible NHL return, how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting things at home, why he chose to speak up after the death of George Floyd in Minnesota, and more. This was from last week but I missed it.
Sportsnet: NHL still faces series of intertwined decisions to pull off summer return. While they’ve gotten the ball rolling there is no question that there is still a long, long way to go before the NHL gets underway.
TSN: NHL, NHLPA hope for mid-July camps. Still waiting to see how Phase 2 gets accomplished before you get too excited over Phase 3.