Jets & Affiliate news:
Winnipeg Free Press: Jets check Burmi’s ‘upper-body injury’. While there is never a good time to be injured, the good news for Burmistrov and the IceCaps is they don’t play again until Friday. Gotta love that instagram broke the news of his return.
Winnipeg Free Press: Another go at the gold. The US finished 7th last season but with only 3 returning players, of which Trouba is one, they expect a big turnaround.
Winnipeg Sun: Big defenceman Trouba turning heads in freshman year. While the University of Michigan season hasn’t been too strong (off to a 5-8-2 record), the Jets 1st pick in the 2012 entry draft has been holding his own.
CBC: RCMP warn shoppers about counterfeit goods. Quite the decrease in counterfeit Jets jerseys from last year to this year.
Jets official site: Coach Claude Noel spending his time helping Winnipeg’s AAA minor hockey program (video). Most Jets fans would rather see him coaching the Jets but perhaps with his help, Manitoba will be sending more players to Team Canada.
Idaho Mountain Express and Guide: Winger Sides gets call-up to AHL St. John’s. Lots of excitement as the local product gets the call up from the ECHL to the AHL.
VOCM: IceCaps Visit Cancer Care Centre. Always good to see the players trying to spread some cheer to young fans who are suffering.
Reporter Herald: Colorado Eagles’ Teegan Moore hopeful for weekend return. Let’s hope his inclusion in the lineup can help the Eagles with their woeful road record.
Globe and Mail: A positive step in NHL lockout negotiations after so much time wasted. The press conference was short and bereft of comment, which might be the best news to happen during the lockout. Stay tuned as we wait to see if this afternoon’s meeting bring any fresh success.
ESPN: Sides to meet again today. After yesterday’s productive talks, let us hope that another marathon session will produce some tangible results.
Toronto Star: Season could be saved as labour talks heat up. It appears that if this lockout gets resolved, fans from across the league should be thanking those members of the Penguins organization who appear to be bridging the gap that has grown between the two sides.
CBC: Daly, Steve Fehr make joint appearance after ‘constructive’ talks. A 10 hour meeting and then a joint-statement from the NHL and NHLPA. Perhaps we are getting somewhere! While it is too soon to get overly excited, ‘cautious optimism’ appears to be the sentiment around the league.
Globe and Mail: Enduing his third lockout, Teemu Selanne’s career hangs in the balance. It would be a real shame to have the career of the Finnish Flash end without him being the one to make the decision. While the last lockout likely extended his career by allowing his body to heal, there are no illusions that another year off at 42 years of age would likely spell the end of the line. Fortunately for Jets fans they had one of the most unique experiences I’ve ever seen when Teemu came to town last December, so if in fact he does retire, they saw him go out on a high note.
Detroit Free Press: If new home built for Red Wings, will the beloved Joe have to go? As someone who saw a number of games live at Joe Louis Arena I have developed quite an affinity for the old barn but for Detroit to get a shiny new arena might be just what the doctor ordered. There is only so much Little Caesars a guy can eat.
Sportsnet: Bettman to hold press conference. The commish will address the media today at about 12pm following the league’s Board of Governors meeting in New York.
World Junior news:
Globe and Mail: Young Americans in the world junior hockey spotlight. The excitement of announcing their roster is over as they head to New York under the watchful eyes of former Jets defenceman Phil Housley.
Montreal Gazette: Set your alarm for this year’s World Junior tournament. Not sure how many people will be watching the game live (start times around 4:30 am) but with the reliability of PVRs, you can catch all the action at your leisure.