Note: We will be at the MTS Centre today for the final player interviews of the 2011/12 season. Be sure to stay tuned to IC as we will have all the latest from your Winnipeg Jets. If you’d like us to ask a question for you, send us a tweet @illegalcurve and we will try and ask it to one of the Jets. That audio will be available on site later this afternoon.
Winnipeg Free Press: Jets, and their fans will be back. It was quite a season for players and fans alike. Many of us in the press box last night couldn’t decide if the season felt really long or way too short. Of course with a “short” break for the NHL playoffs the focus of this Jets team (and the fans) will be on the 2012 Entry Draft and the signing of the team’s UFAs.
Winnipeg Free Press: See you in six months. After what seems like a non-stop roller coaster ride, it has finally come to a halt and we won’t have an opportunity to be back on until training camp in September. Seems unbelievable that the inaugural season for the Jets 2.0 is over.
Winnipeg Free Press: Winnipeg fans wear their pride. Jetcetera caught up with some of the more interesting fans that have made the MTS Centre one of the most unique rinks in the NHL.
Winnipeg Free Press: Trio of trophies. Three very deserving players in Slater, Pavelec and Stuart won some hardware last night before the game. If you’d like to hear Mark Stuart discuss what winning the Dan Snyder award, I asked him about it and you can listen to his reply in the Jets audio from last night.
Winnipeg Sun: Honeymoon is over. Jets fans (and team brass) are going to have a long spring/summer to reflect on the season that was and to look ahead to the next season. The Jets brain trust will hold exit interviews with the players this week and then get right back to work on what they can do to improve this team for next year.
Winnipeg Sun: Faithful showed championship form. You would think at this point we would be sick of the platitudes we have been throwing out about the 15,004 fans at the MTS Centre each and every night but they continue to merit these accolades on a nightly basis. Again, last night they took their joy at having an NHL team to new (sound) levels. Even cheering Stamkos when he achieved the rare feat of 60 goals in a season received an ovation, which shows the fans level of understanding of that achievement, rather than mindlessly booing him for being an opposition player.
Winnipeg Sun: Next stop – NHL draft. And you can be sure that we will have in-depth analysis of the potential draft picks for your Winnipeg Jets. Additionally the article touches on Chipman being drowned out, Bogosian’s form, Stamkos serenaded and family ties.
Winnipeg Sun: Handing out the hardware. A number of different players deserved recognition for playing with a lot of heart. In this article the Sun hands out to the guys they feel deserved some ‘props’. Who would you designate as most valuable to this team? (Extra bonus to anyone who says the entire GST line).
Jets on a Deadline – Lightning 4 Jets 3 in OT:
Winnipeg Free Press: Bolts down Jets in OT.
Winnipeg Sun: Jets lose to Bolts in OT.
Globe and Mail: Stamkos notches goal no 60 as Bolts beat Jets in OT.
Tampa Bay Times: Stamkos gets 60th goal, Tampa Bay Lightning wins season finale 4-3 in OT over Jets.
Tampa Bay Tribune: Stamkos scores 60th as Bolts close season with win.
TSN: Stamkos nets 60th in Jets season finale.
NHL: Stamkos gets 60th as Lighting beat Jets in OT.
Tampa Bay Lightning: Steven Stamkos & Teddy Purcell. (Stamkos talks about how nice it was scoring #60 in a building like the MTS Centre).
Illegal Curve Hockey Show Replay:
Part 1: Recap of our season predictions. Interview with Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press. Series Preview: Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Philadelphia Flyers. Series Preview: Florida Panthers vs. New Jersey Devils. Interview with Craig Custance of ESPN. Series Preview: Boston Bruins vs. Ottawa Senators.
Part 2: Washington Capitals vs. New York Rangers Series Preview. Western Conference Preview. Interview with Eric Duhatschek of the Globe & Mail. Western Conference playoff preview. Western Conference playoff preview. Western Conference playoff preview, final predictions.
Affiliate news – St. John’s IceCaps:
The Telegram: Falcons soar over IceCaps despite O’Dell’s hat trick. The Caps have been inconsistent of late going 3-6-0-1 over their past 10 games. Good news for St. John’s is they will see a couple of key players return to their lineup after being called up by the Jets.
Exit interviews with the players. Expectations for this team. Giving the players something to think about over the summer. What does this team need to be a playoff contender? Where this team is going. Ladd’s leadership. What’s the year been like for coach personally? Has he been contacted by Hockey Canada for World Championships (has Fly Fishing on the brain). Favorite fan moment. Any surprises for him this year? How involved he is with the free agency process. Will guys want to come to Winnipeg? Fehr needs surgery?
To listen to Coach Noel's last interview of season click here.
Ondrej Pavelec - Thoughts on playing in Winnipeg. His own development. Highlight from the year. Playing in the World championships. His RFA status.
Chris Mason - UFA status, is he willing to concede playing time? Perception of Winnipeg market changed? What was dressing room like? Offseason plans.
Zach Bogosian - His personal game and development. Gonna kill some Manitoba animals? Was move easier or harder than expected? What surprised him the most about Winnipeg. Taking what he's learned into next season. How far is this team from playoffs? Highlight memory.
Tanner Glass - Down time in offseason. Highlights from season. His UFA status. What has the GST line meant to him? Having time to heal.
Tobias Enstrom - #1 memory from past season. How does he spend offseason. Will he play in the World Championships?
Kyle Wellwood - Best memories from the past season. His personal development. Will he be pulling for the Flyers to support his brother. Summer plans.
Jim Slater - How important is it to come back to team? Would he be willing to sign before July 1st? Having the trust of the coaching staff. Wanting team to succeed. Intrigued by learning his market value?
Mark Stuart - What do the Jets need to do this summer? Has he been asked to go to the World Championships? What will he think about this year when reflecting on it 20 years from now. Better memories (with playoffs) ahead. Fans expecting more next year.
Andrew Ladd - What do the Jets need to do in offseason? Is he playing in the World Championships? Redemption for the season? Change in culture from Atlanta to Winnipeg. Can this be accelerated? Most memorable moment. Has the reputation of Winnipeg spread? Higher expectations.
Dustin Byfuglien - Tough day? Anything surprise you about Winnipeg? How much of a toll did it take on the team? What does team need to do to take next step? How bad was the injury bothering him? Will he play in the World Championships? Improvements to his game? Offseason plans.
Evander Kane - Perspective on the season. RFA status. Would he do anything differently? Was it a fun year for him? Problem being in the spotlight? Growth as a person?
Blake Wheeler - Thoughts on year 1. How far away is this team? His development. What needs to be changed? Was he playing hurt? Did the year meet his expectations? World Championships? Offseason plans.
Bryan Little - What is he looking forward to next September? Start/Finish to season. How does he view his personal game? How far is team from playoffs? Stanley Cup predictions.