Note: Reminder it is going to be a busy July coming up for Illegal Curve as we conclude the 2021 season. Our regular Illegal Curve Hockey Show will continue on Saturdays. In addition to these shows we will have three extra shows including one with a focus on the Seattle Expansion Draft on Wednesday July 21st, the 1st round of the NHL Draft on Friday July 23rd as well as a Free Agency Round Up show on Wednesday July 28th.
Note II: Have a question about the Jets? Murat will be responding to some later in his Athletic mailbag later this week.
The Athletic Winnipeg: How Winnipeg could use the expansion draft to find its next defenceman. (Paywall). Murat looks to see if the local NHL club can use the draft to their advantage to fill a much needed hole in their backend.
Daily Faceoff: Expansion Draft Preview: Winnipeg Jets. With teams scheduled to submit their lists on Saturday and with the draft next Wednesday it is gonna make for an interesting week.
The Athletic: What are each NHL team’s biggest needs in the 2021 Draft? (Paywall). Interesting that he sees the Jets need as goaltending for the system. I’d probably argue that they could use some more forward depth.
The Athletic: Which player will each team lose this offseason? Predicting trades, buyouts and UFA moves for the 32 clubs. (Paywall). Murat’s contribution to this collaborative effort was a vote for Andrew Copp.
TSN: Loaded with offensive talent, Jets faced with difficult decisions for the expansion draft. Move over Kevin Cheveldayoff, Director of Scouting Craig Button is taking the reins as general manager of the Jets to share who he would protect and leave exposed to Seattle in the expansion draft. With too many talented players to protect, Winnipeg is set to lose a solid contributor.
Sportsnet: Who should the Winnipeg Jets protect from the expansion draft? Sean Reynolds and Ken Wiebe discuss the Winnipeg Jets’ best options in terms of player protection from the expansion draft.
Sportsnet: Shea Weber’s career threatened by lingering foot, ankle problems. Brutal news for one of the most important pieces on the Habs blueline.
NBC Sports: Landeskog ‘disappointed’ to be on verge of free-agent exit from Avalanche. That’s a pretty big piece of the Avalanche team.
Boston Herald: Brandon Carlo a long-term Bruin. The 2nd rounder from 2015 gets a long-term deal from the team who drafted him.
Minneapolis Star-Tribune: Wild bosses wanted both Zach Parise and Ryan Suter gone. Really interesting stuff happening down south with the Jets rival.
Illegal Curve Hockey Show Podcast:
Topics: Of all the current Jets players on the roster, who needs to provide more impact next season, Should Cole Perfetti play in the NHL next season, Jets re-sign Dominic Toninato to a two-year contract, Trade talks heating up around the NHL.
Guest: Jim Toth (680 CJOB Radio)
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