Note: It was a busy Monday for the Jets on the ice as they saw the return of Mark Scheifele from the NHL’s covid-19 protocols which allowed him to skate with his teammates and which meant an interesting top nine configuration at practice. The Jets welcome the Stars to town this evening to kick off seven straight in Winnipeg so be sure to check back for the pre-game report to see how things will look tonight and to hear from players and head coach Paul Maurice. Puck drop is at 7:00 PM CDT and join us after the game on the Illegal Curve Post-Game Show.
Note III: Mark Chipman and Kevin Cheveldayoff were scheduled to hold a media availability yesterday afternoon but it was subsequently pushed to a later date as the Jets co-owner is dealing with a severe case of vertigo. If it is today we will have it covered. While those two didn’t speak NHL commissioner Gary Bettman held a media availability where he was steadfast in his defence of the Jets GM. Update: The pair will speak today at 4 PM CDT.
Note III: After a day off on Monday the Moose are back on the ice today to practice as they get ready to return to the road for six games starting on Friday in Milwaukee.
Note IV: The Illegal Curve Locker Room is here and it is time to submit your orders before November 6th. Check out and purchase all your IC branded shirts, hats, hoodies and more which are all made locally here in Winnipeg.
Winnipeg Sun: GAME NIGHT: Winnipeg Jets face struggling Dallas Stars. Scott covers: 1) Jets not tinkering with white-hot sticks. 2) Points leaders. 3) Three things about the Stars.
Winnipeg Sun: Jets’ Scheifele worked on golf game after COVID kept him off the ice. Cue the “at least he is working on his golf game in the fall and not spring” jokes. It was interesting to hear the comments from the centre that he watches games like a fan and not a pro hockey player.
Winnipeg Sun: Bettman defends stance on Jets’ GM Cheveldayoff, calls him “minor player” who was under assumption incident was resolved. It has been interesting to hear an assistant GM painted as a minor executive the last few days. Regardless of title or roles, it is clear that the NHL commish believes he is making the right decision when it comes to Kevin Cheveldayoff.
Winnipeg Free Press: Scheifele escapes torture chamber. (Paywall). Suspect the home of an NHLer, especially one with the money that 55 makes, wouldn’t ever be classified as a torture chamber but removing my being too literal with the headline, Mike wrote about how the Jets centre kept things going during his time in isolation.
Winnipeg Free Press: Bettman says Cheveldayoff an innocent bystander in Blackhawks scandal. (Paywall). Part of the problem that exists in our society is that everyone wants things to be black or white and never seem to acknowledge the grey in the middle.
Sportsnet: Cheveldayoff and Chipman need to be open and honest during press conference. Sean Reynolds and Ken Wiebe discuss the topics Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff and Executive Chairman Mark Chipman must address in their upcoming press conference in the wake of the Blackhawks sexual assault investigation.
TSN: A look at an incredible Jets memorabilia collection. We all love a good memorabilia collection, but this one is just next level! Jesse’s childhood friends Alessandro and Adriano Augellone tell the story of their late uncle Frank Pacella’s incredible collection, ranging from hockey cards, to programs, to hockey sticks!
NHL.com: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman’s comments re: Winnipeg Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff during his media availability. Here is some of the comments transcribed and his entire 54 minute media conference call condensed down to just over nine minutes that pertain specifically to Kevin Cheveldayoff.