Note: This is day 120 since the NHL hit the pause button on the 2019-20 season.
Note II: In the coming days we will have some exciting news regarding the return of The Illegal Curve Hockey Show on TSN 1290 Radio.
Global News: Jets’ players back in the city and set to return to ice. It is somewhat unfortunate that at the nicest time of the year in ‘Peg city the players have to be in isolation.
Sportsnet: Phase 3 Training Camp Preview: Can Jets’ Hellebuyck recapture Vezina form? Look at who is writing his first Sportsnet article as Ken took a pause from the Manitoba Golf Tour to pen this training camp preview. Ken looks at some injury updates, a player to watch, an interesting stat, possible line combinations and the biggest question facing the Jets is……
The Athletic Winnipeg: Fun with long odds – What if the Jets won the draft lottery? (Paywall). Murat goes speculative in his latest piece but it is one Jets fans would enjoy as a consolation prize for not winning the Stanley Cup.
Winnipeg Free Press: Reunited and it feels so good. (Paywall). With hockey around the corner Mike takes a look at some questions ahead of the action including: 1. Could this whole return-to-play process get grounded before it even takes flight? 2. Will any players opt out? 3. Is Bryan Little going to be ready to play? 4. Who will be added to Winnipeg’s expanded 31-man roster? 5. What will the Jets lines look like for the first playoff game? 6. Can Connor Hellebuyck pick up where he left off?
ESPN: The biggest NHL playoff goalie dilemmas — and who should get the start. Since there is no dilemma when it comes to which goalie should get the start for Winnipeg you may be asking yourself why I have it listed under Jets news. It is because the Jets opponent in the play-in series faces such a dilemma and the Flames get discussed in this piece if you’d like more intel on which netminder the Jets are likely to face in early August.
TSN: Sweden’s head coach at the World Juniors Tomas Monten on top Swedish prospects. In his conversation with Mark Masters the Swedish coach spoke about the development of Jets prospect David Gustafsson (towards the end of the article).
The Athletic: Grading every team’s rink from best to worst. (Paywall). Bell MTS Place comes in at #4 on this list of the best NHL arenas. T-Mobile Arena in Vegas gets the top spot and it’s pretty tough to argue with it.
TSN: Dec. 1 tentative start date for next NHL season. Holy compressed schedule Batman! There won’t be much down time between the end of this season and the start of the 2020-21 season.
Sportsnet: NHL reveals tentative dates for Stanley Cup Final, draft. You won’t be asking #isitOctoberYet anymore.