Note: The Illegal Curve team will be getting behind Movember. This year Ezra and I will be joined by Richard in growing our mustaches to help raise awareness. If you would like to donate to our team, here is a link.
Note II: Following today’s Jets Papers, you can ensure you are up to speed with our game set-up written by Ezra Ginsburg. Prior to the game we will have audio from the players and coach Noel following the pre-game skate. After the game, be sure to check us out for all the post-game reaction. As soon as the site is updated we notify you via twitter @illegalcurve and Facebook.
Note III: For home games we have both our #ICGWG and #IC5050 contests. Make sure to @ tweet @illegalcurve with your guess. Remember that for your vote to qualify you must send in your guess using a hashtag (#). (i.e. #ICGWG Jokinen & #IC5050 $35,950.00).
Winnipeg Free Press: Welcome back Wings, it’s been too long. Coincidentally we just saw and honoured Nikolai Khabibulin in the last Jets game and on his heels comes the team many remember him being the ‘”Bulin wall” against back in those 96’ playoffs.
Winnipeg Free Press: Like a Rock. So much easier to say and so much more difficult to put into practice. While many understand and agree with the notion of staying the course and building over time, that generally requires a lot of losing, which isn’t easy to swallow. Also it is easier for a GM, who has years left on his contract, to preach patience versus a coach who very much is judged on what he is doing presently.
Winnipeg Free Press: Jets recall Redmond from IceCaps. Some of the players hadn’t heard the news but when informed he had been recalled were happy to hear he was coming back to Winnipeg. Redmond is a very well liked player and his contributions in St. John’s apparently didn’t go unnoticed by the Jets brass.
Winnipeg Sun: Best defence really is a good offence. Coach Noel in his presser yesterday address this idea but still adheres to a defence first mentality.
Winnipeg Sun: Ellerby set to make Jets debut. Raised in Calgary, he is excited to start playing for an NHL team in a Canadian city and that opportunity is going to come tonight against the Detroit Red Wings.
Globe and Mail: Toews returns home to Winnipeg, where his dreams began. Always a worthwhile read, Roy MacGregor was in the Peg’ over the weekend to cover the return of our favoured son and he penned this really good article about Captain Serious.
Edmonton Journal: Short shifts. In this column, which takes a look around the NHL, the Jets get a couple of blurbs including a mention of Coach Noel’s possible availability and Enstrom turning down the Swedish Olympic team.
NHL.com: Jets lift spirits of Winnipeg. A long read about the city of Winnipeg and our connection to NHL hockey but well worth spending some time reading.
Illegal Curve: Coach Noel presser. Kane update. What does he expect from Ellerby? Thoughts on pulling Pavelec. Expectations on Zach Redmond. Talk about the Red Wings.
Illegal Curve: Player audio from MTS Centre. After practice audio from the newest member of the Jets Keaton Ellerby as well James Wright and Zach Bogosian.
Opposition (Red Wings) news:
Detroit Free Press: Red Wings look more ‘professional’ in 5-0 win over Edmonton. Big debut for Darren Helm, the pride of St. Andrews Manitoba, who scored in his return for the Winged Wheel.
Illegal Curve Hockey Show Replay:
Part 1: Winnipeg Jets vs. Chicago Blackhawks Preview. Jets power-play struggles continue. Mark Scheifele, is the best place for him the NHL or AHL for his long term future? Interview with Mike Colligan, NHL analyst at Forbes SportsMoney and The Hockey Writers. Semyon Varlamov arrested for kidnapping and 3rd degree assault.
Part 2: Interview with Jack Edwards, play-by-play voice for the Boston Bruins on NESN. Flyers and Avalanche brawl. NHL News & Notes. Henrik and Daniel Sedin contract extension. Interview with Scott Powers of ESPNChicago.com. Rapid Fire, Cheers & Jeers.