Note: The Jets held a second straight day of practice on Thursday before they took off for Edmonton. Nothing super remarkable learned other than the team had recalled Axel Jonsson-Fjallby on an emergency basis and placed Mason Appleton on injured reserve. We also learned from Bally Sports Midwest Andy Strickland, who covers the Blues but is pretty connected across the NHL, that Logan Stanley has requested a trade.
Note II: Today is both a gameday for Winnipeg as well as the NHL Trade Deadline which concludes at 2 PM CST. Check out what Dreger, Johnston and Friedman said about Winnipeg’s needs last night during their respective broadcasts. Stay tuned for what could be an extraordinarily busy day (or possibly just a regular busy gameday). If there are any breaking trades with respect to the Jets we will be hosting a chat on our Illegal Curve YouTube channel so be sure you are subscribing.
Note III: With it being a gameday all eyes will be on “morning skate” which gets underway in Edmonton for the Jets at 12:30 PM CST. All the relevant news will be posted in the pre-game report so check back for that. Puck drop is at 8:00 PM CST.
Note IV: This evening, after the final buzzer sounds between Winnipeg and Edmonton, we want you to be part of the conversation on the Illegal Curve Post-Game Show as we discuss and analyze the results of the game. This season you’ll have a chance to win great schwag including authentic Jets jerseys, hats, etc after every single game (For a variety of ways to enter click here).
Note V: It isn’t just a gameday for the Jets as the Moose are also in action tonight as they face off against the Wolves in the first of two games which will conclude their eight-game homestand. They are currently riding a nine-game points streak (7-0-1-1) and given they are close to top spot in the Central it will be a big game tonight in Winnipeg. Puck drop is at 7 PM CST.
Note VI: The Ice are also in action as their ten-game road trip continues tonight in Regina as they take on the Pats. Puck drop is at 7 PM CST.
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Winnipeg Sun: Memo to Cheveldayoff: Players deserve more. This seems like the year to “go for it” given the state of the west and the reality that the east might all take each other out. Of course managers don’t think just in terms of short term needs but given the contract situations with his core group the GM has to make a decision as to which way this is going to go.
Winnipeg Free Press: Jets prepare for McDavid-led Oilers onslaught. (Paywall). With the season that 97 is having it really is just about minimizing the damage he does because you know he is gonna accomplish something against you.
Daily Faceoff: Could Flyers’ Ivan Provorov be a fit for the Winnipeg Jets? If that comes to be say a prayer for the Jets social media folks cause they will be just torched. Insider Frank Seravalli suggests the fit would be fantastic.
TSN: ‘The best skater in the world’: Bowness explains how Jets will aim to slow down McDavid. Rick Bowness, Connor Hellebuyck and Dylan DeMelo discuss how the Jets will try to slow down Connor McDavid on Friday night and Winnipeg’s head coach highlights the importance of making McDavid and the Oilers ‘earn it’.
TSN: DeMelo doesn’t think there should be any games scheduled on trade deadline day. Jets defenceman Dylan DeMelo explains why he would prefer if there was no NHL games scheduled on trade deadline day.
Winnipeg Sun: Jets Setting – Trade Deadline Edition. Sun sportswriters Ted Wyman and Scott Billeck discuss all things trade deadline in this edition of Jets Setting. Where are they at? What might they do? Have they missed the boat? And how critical is it to make their mark?
Sportsnet: Who could the Jets still target ahead of the Trade Deadline? Kevin Michie breaks down who the Winnipeg Jets could still target ahead of the NHL’s trade deadline including James van Riemsdyk, Colton Parayko, and Nick Schmaltz and discusses who the Jets would have to give up to make it possible.