Note: Former NHLer turned insider Kevin Weeks put out this tweet on Sunday which was rather cryptic. It said “Although the @NHL Coaching Carousel ? remains fluid with oversupply of candidates vs vacancies; there might be some connection between the decision of who the @NHLJets & @NHLFlyers hire for their HC.” Have to think he is suggesting if Jets gets Tortz then the Flyers are getting Torts because it obviously wouldn’t be reversed given the history between the former Blue Jackets coach and Pierre-Luc Dubois.
Sportsnet: 32 Thoughts Podcast. A transcription of a chat between Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman of today’s 32 Thoughts Podcast. Said that the expectation is Barry Trotz “starts to let teams know mid to late week.”
Sportsnet: Saturday Headlines. Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet was suggesting that there could be some clarity this week on the various coaching vacancies around the NHL.
Illegal Curve Hockey: Interview with Jets defenceman Nate Schmidt. Jets defenceman Nate Schmidt always brings the energy and on Saturday’s Illegal Curve Hockey Show that was no different. The Minnesotan had plenty to share as he got back from the World Championship where he played for USA.
Daily Faceoff: Time for change in Winnipeg. The Jets finished the 2022 in disappointment. After what was supposed to be a successful season for them, the Jets finished outside of the playoff spot. Now, the questions linger around the franchise as to who should stay.
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Illegal Curve Hockey Show: Saturday Show. Topics included: Jets coaching search (aka Trotzwatch) including impact of Bruce Cassidy firing by Boston and Blues assistant coach Jim Montgomery being tied to the opening in Winnipeg. Which Jets RFA do you see coming back? 2020 6th rounder Tyrel Bauer playing in game 5 of WHL Championship tnt in Edmonton. Looking ahead at the Jets calendar for next 6-8 weeks (draft, free agency, development camp). Guests included Ted Wyman of the Winnipeg Sun and Jets defenceman Nate Schmidt.