Note: Ken Wiebe of Sportsnet is still looking for Jets questions so if you’ve got any hit him up here.
The Athletic: The NHL’s salary cap crunch: How much do all 31 teams have left to spend? (Paywall). Mirtle took a closer look at the cap situations for all 31 teams which including accounting for RFAs, long-term injury reserve and AHL demotions. He’s got the Jets in the ‘room to deal’ category.
Winnipeg Free Press: Trade wind blows but Niku wants to stay put. (Paywall). That’s pretty emphatic from his agent. Niku is hard on himself and it sometimes shows on the ice but he’s got plenty of talent and should be given an opportunity to earn a spot.
Illegal Curve Hockey Show Podcast:
Topics: Darren Dreger’s comments about the Patrik Laine situation on TSN 1050 Radio, The pros and cons of paying Patrik Laine $9 million per season, Has Kristian Vesalainen’s development stalled, Is the 2021 Seattle Expansion Draft playing a role in the Jets pursuit of a left side defenceman, Power ranking a potential All-Canadian Division.
Guest: Steven Ellis (Host of The Hockey News Now) at 53:10.
To listen to part 1 click here.
Topics: Playing The Unrestricted Free Agent Price is Right Magic Number Game, Chicago Blackhawks publicly announce that they are entering a rebuild, NHL GMs Zoom Meeting Recap
Guests: Travis Yost (TSN.ca) at 1:30, Matt Loughlin (New Jersey Devils radio play-by-play broadcaster) at 25:37 and Kevin Saurette (Manitoba Junior Hockey League Commissioner) at 47:51.
To listen to part 2 click here.