Note: The Jets to do list has narrowed to just three RFAs left including Leon Gawanke, David Gustafsson and Mason Appleton, who has an arbitration hearing scheduled for August 11th.
Note II: After accepting his qualifying offer on Friday Pierre-Luc Dubois he has a media availability scheduled for 11:30 AM today which we will have covered so be sure to check back and you can watch it live. Update: Watch it here.
Sportsnet: Not as easy as yes or no: Dubois leaves his future in Winnipeg open to interpretation. Wieber gives you his take on the situation folks in Manitoba will be discussing for the remainder of the summer.
Winnipeg Free Press: Speculation he wants to depart from Jets “overblown,” says Dubois. (Paywall). His agent pouring gas on the fire certainly didn’t do much to make the speculation stop.
theScore: Bowness pushes back against Jets’ perceived culture issues. Missed this from the other day as the Jets bench boss as he suggests it is much ado about nothing as opposed to the where there is smoke there is fire. Guess we shall see which proves to be true.
Illegal Curve Hockey Show: Saturday Podcast. Topics on yesterday’s show included: Pierre-Luc Dubous accepting Jets qualifying offer. What happens next with Dubois? New assistant coaching additions and impact it could have in Winnipeg. Signing of RFAs Johnny Kovacevic, Jeff Malott, Jansen Harkins and roles they could play in the organization and signing Saku Maenalanen. Mason Appleton’s arbitration date being set. Moose hiring of new coaching staff, new additions on the ice and the release of the 72-game schedule.
Illegal Curve Hockey: Interview with Jets assistant coach Brad Lauer. After four very successful seasons as the head coach in Edmonton with the Oil Kings which ended this year with a WHL title Brad is moving a few provinces over to join the staff of Rick Bowness as an assistant coach. Brad’s history with Rick goes back to Ottawa where he was coached by Rick and the two reunited in Tampa under Jon Cooper as assistant coaches. This was his first interview as an assistant coach with Winnipeg.
Illegal Curve Hockey: Interview with Jets assistant coach Marty Johnston. After five seasons with the Moose in the AHL assistant coach Marty Johnston got the call to the same role with the Jets of the NHL. We’ve spoken to Marty during his time with Manitoba but this is his first chat as a member of the Winnipeg Jets organization.