Note: Be sure to join us on the Illegal Curve Hockey Show today as we will looking at the Winnipeg Jets ahead of the expansion draft, the team’s RFAs, reviewing individual players and more this morning starting at 9:00 AM CDT. Today’s guests include Ted Wyman (Winnipeg Sun) and Joe Smith (The Athletic Tampa). You’ll be able to watch via YouTube live here. If you cannot watch live you will still be able to get the show via Podcast.
Note II: In addition to our Saturday shows we will have three extra shows this month including one with a focus on the Seattle Expansion Draft on July 21st, the 1st round of the NHL Draft on July 23rd as well as a Free Agency Round Up show on July 28th.
Winnipeg Free Press: Five things the Jets can learn from this year’s playoffs. (Paywall). Mike is in Montreal covering the Stanley Cup and has these five thoughts about what the local NHL club can learn from the remaining squads including: 1) Build your blue line. 2) Be a four-line team. 3) Put a priority on puck possession. 4) Sign Corey Perry. 5) Find a way to legally circumvent the salary cap.
The Fourth Period: Summer Trade List top 30. The Jets are connected to three names on their list including: #2 Seth Jones, #13 Mattias Ekholm and #20 Josh Manson. Of course they aren’t the only teams connected in this piece to those players.
Minneapolis Star-Tribune: Wild signs Joel Eriksson Ek to eight-year, $42 million contract. Take note of this signing by the Jets central division rival. How can you not think back to game 1 of the Jets/Wild series in 2018 when Dustin Byfuglien hit Eriksson Ek so hard he started going by Joel Eriksson.
Buffalo News: It’s July and it seems like the Jack Eichel drama has to end soon. The situation in Buffalo seems quite untenable and yet it continues to play itself out.
TSN: Dreger: ‘Likely’ that Duncan Keith is headed to Edmonton or Seattle. TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger shares the latest on the chances that future Hall of Famer Duncan Keith will be traded to the Oilers, where the Sabres are at with Jack Eichel, and the remaining hurdles the NHL has to get over in order to confirm its involvement in the Winter Olympics next year.