Winnipeg Free Press: Ladd, Byfuglien return to Windy City after they miss out on Cup fun. While it will be nice for them to reminisce about the past Cup victory, this Jets team needs to focus on the now. They didn’t play particularly well in game 1, so they need to put forth a better collective effort in game 2.
Winnipeg Free Press: Ex-Jet captain will be ‘emotional’. I didn’t realize Troy Murray just played 110 games for the Jets.
Winnipeg Free Press: Toews had to watch. It’s too bad his younger brother got sent down or this could have truly been a family affair.
Winnipeg Free Press: Old Chicago buddies on collision course. So many different things to watch for in tonight’s game.
Fox Chicago: Will Dan ‘Car Bomb’ Carcillo implode or succeed on Hawks? We know what Tanner Glass thinks of him…..
ESPN: Cup hero Byfuglien return looms large. Usually when a player is traded they eventually get to return to the place they formally called home for a return visit, but both Ladd and Buff havnen’t been to the United Center since June 6th, 2010.
Winnipeg Sun: Jetting away from it all. Coach Noel didn’t seem much happier with Wednesday’s effort at practice so perhaps the best thing for this team to do is get away from the Peg’ and bond as a team over this short road trip.
Montreal Gazette: Return of Jets shows Winnipeg’s resiliency. I’ve been saying for awhile that perhaps the best thing that ever happened to this city was (gasp) the Jets 1.0 leaving BECAUSE it forced us to deal with our city's apathy. We could have thrown in the towels and moved elsewhere (enough people did) but instead we stayed, put that capital into other ventures, built this economy and ensured every sports event held here (Pan Am Games, World Juniors or Grey Cups to name a few) we’re done better than anywhere else.
CSN Chicago: Carcillo ready for Blackhawks debut. I don’t think the Jets are going to have a tough time with Carcillo, although his linemates in Kane and Hossa could prove more problematic.
Winnipeg Free Press: Ladd eager to hit the ice. The Jets will fondly look back on this relative lull in the season when December hits and they play 13 home games.
Winnipeg Sun: Jets set for tilt with Blackhawks. Coach Noel is demanding a better performance from his troops after Sunday’s 5-1 home opener loss to the Habs.
The Hockey News: Do away with Divisions. When this all gets settled, count me as one who will be extremely interested as to how the NHL sorts this mess out. What are your thoughts? Should the NHL eliminate divisions? What format should be adopted?
Winnipeg Sun: Small chance Crosby could play in Winnipeg on Monday. When it was announced that he had been cleared for contact, Peggers everywhere took notice as there is a chance he could play in the Peg as the 1st game in his return.
Los Angeles Daily News: ‘The Finnish Flash’ remains strong, even at 41. Now that the Home Opener has been played, this is easily the most anticipated game on the Jets calendar for the 2011/12 season.