Note: With the news that the NHL and NHLPA had ratified the four-year CBA extension and Return to Play Plan on Friday our countdown of the pause ends today at day 122. We look ahead to Phase 3 which is set to begin on Monday with Jets training camp. We also now have the Jets and Flames schedule for the play-in series which is set to begin August 1st.
Note II: For the first time since shortly after the NHL put their season on pause, The Illegal Curve Hockey Show will return to the airwaves of TSN Radio 1290, next Saturday, the 18th of July, from 9:00 am until 12 Noon! Join us for three hours of Winnipeg Jets and NHL discussion and analysis, as we get you ready for the “Return to Play”, and a playoff season and off-season unlike any that we have seen before.
Note III: Andrew Copp is gonna be available for a conference call at 3 pm. I will be on it and will post it once it is available.
Winnipeg Sun: Wait finally over as Jets set to open COVID camp. Lots of Jets content for you in Scott’s latest article which the hardest working man did from the road while he is on holidays.
Winnipeg Free Press: The Jets weird, wild ride in 2019-20 is about to resume, so fasten your seatbelts. (Paywall). It was a season unlike any other and Mike takes you back to the beginning.
The Athletic Winnipeg: Jets mailbag. (Paywall). You had questions and Murat has answers on Jets Training camp conditions, playoff strategy, free agent options and much more.
Calgary Sun: Flames defenceman Hamonic opts out of NHL’s Return to Play plan, citing family reasons. The Manitoba product made an incredibly tough decision but in the end family should always be number one.
Sportsnet: Flames prepare for ‘tall task’ with return-to-play plan finalized. Get a view of the Jets opponent from a writer that covers Calgary.
Sportsnet: Why a physical series versus the Flames may benefit the Jets. As training camps begin ahead of the NHL restart, Ken Reid and Sean Reynolds discuss the challenges facing the Winnipeg Jets.
Sportsnet: Ken Wiebe shares his thoughts on the Flames and Jets matchup. Ken Wiebe joins Pinder and Nault to give his take on the Flames and Jets series. He weighs in on Winnipeg’s lineup and how they matchup with Calgary.
Illegal Curve: Manitoba signs Jimmy Oligny to a one-year AHL deal. With all the young prospects the team added some veteran leadership with this re-signing.
Winnipeg Sun: Jonathan Kovacevic draws confidence from his unusual journey to the pros. If you’re looking for a kid who is loving his time in the pros you’ve come to the right place. But beneath that enjoyment you get the sense Kovacevic is a prospect who is working hard to get himself to that next level.
Sportsnet: NHL back in business with ratification of CBA, return-to-play plan. Call it all systems go on the league’s summer restart following Friday’s ratification of protocols governing the return-to-play plan and an extension to the collective bargaining agreement running through September 2026.
TSN: NHL, players ratify Return to Play, six-year CBA amid COVID-19 uncertainties. After months of heavy lifting with two sides hammering out the game’s first peace-time labour agreement in three-plus decades, the NHL’s real dance on thin ice begins after a 142-day pause, Frank Seravalli writes.