Note: Yesterday was a final locker room cleanout like we haven’t ever seen in Winnipeg before with just Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff speaking at 12 noon in his final media availability to conclude the 2021-22 season as the players had been going through the post-mortem all week long.
Note II: The Moose are scheduled to be back on the ice today as they start to get ready for their upcoming playoff series with the Admirals. Their roster got a boost on Monday when the Jets announced they had reassigned Morgan Barron and Dylan Samberg for the Calder Cup run. To that end I have something coming out later this morning that looks at the depth of this AHL club.
Note III: The Ice will hit the ice for a practice today as they continue to prepare for their first game of the second round which goes on Friday when they welcome the Moose Jaw to town.
Sportsnet: How Cheveldayoff proceeds with Dubois, Scheifele likely to determine Jets’ future. Remember that centre depth that everyone spoke to much about. Seems that could be a problem if Kevin Cheveldayoff doesn’t handle his business this summer.
Winnipeg Sun: Memo to Chevy — ditch Scheifele, find tough coach, for starters. As per usual Paul isn’t afraid to holdback his opinions.
Winnipeg Sun: Full-scale coaching search soon underway for Jets: Cheveldayoff. That would be a bare minimum standard it seems the fan base would accept at this point.
Winnipeg Sun: Jets hand GM Cheveldayoff fresh mandate with three-year contract extension. Mandate remains the same which is to win the Stanley Cup. Can he get this team closer to how they expected to be at the start of the 2021-22 season?
Winnipeg Free Press: Tight-lipped Jets have to face fact there are big problems. (Paywall). It is sometimes funny that these pressers often create more questions than they do answers.
Winnipeg Free Press: Chevy gets three more years to fix broken Jets, a mess he helped create. (Paywall). This isn’t a case of blame your predecessor because that is obviously him. He has no choice but to accept his role and try to reset the narrative.
The Athletic Winnipeg: Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff can’t afford to ignore emerging culture issues. (Paywall). No burying your head in the sand. If this was one or two players but to have a whole lot of them speaking that publicly and it is eye-opening.
Global News: Jets GM receives contract extension, but not coaching staff. Kelly recaps a busy day in Jetsland.
TSN: Could big changes be on the horizon for Jets after missing playoffs? The disappointment from missing the playoffs will have lasting effects for the Jets which will undoubtedly spark wholesale evaluation of the team from top to bottom. That’s Hockey examines the changes that could be on the way in Winnipeg.
Sportsnet: Kenny & Renny. The boys did an end of season chat which included Elliotte Friedman who spoke about the Winnipeg Jets plans, the next coach, Connor Hellebuyck, Mark Scheifele’s comments and more.
Sportsnet: Cheveldayoff responds to questions about Jets’ organizational culture. Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff responds to reports of players questioning the team’s organizational culture, saying developing culture doesn’t happen overnight and it’s always a fluid situation.
Sportsnet: Cheveldayoff announces Jets will conduct formal head coaching search. Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff announces the team will conduct a full-scale search for their now vacant head coaching position, saying former interim coach Dave Lowry is more than welcome to apply for the job.
JetsTV: End of season media availability with Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff. Fresh off the news breaking he had signed a three-year extension with Winnipeg, Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff spoke for 32 minutes facing 27 questions in his final media session for the 2021-22 season.
Sportsnet: 32 Thoughts Podcast. Elliotte Friedman & Jeff Marek open the 32 Thoughts Podcast talking about the Winnipeg Jets and specifically the comments from Mark Scheifele. But also go into a lot more about the team and potentially changes coming in Winnipeg.
Illegal Curve Hockey: End of Season Wrap-Up Podcast. We discussed the contract extension for Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff and reflections on his end of season media availability. Mark Scheifele and Paul Stastny’s comments. The overhaul of the Winnipeg coaching staff. We were joined by Dennis Beyak to reflect on his great career.