Globe and Mail: Winnipeggers on emotional rollercoaster. It has been one of the best summers in my entire life living in Winnipeg. Bug free, beautiful weather, the return of the NHL, the Bombers are crushing the competition and a new stadium is being built. Let's hope this rollercoaster ends with a Bomber Grey Cup and a successful NHL season.
National Post: End of August garage sale. An always humourous article by Down Goes Brown, and I'm sure people in Winnipeg would love to see Selanne in a Jets jersey as well as Guns N Roses back together.
Winnipeg Free Press: Hockey a real deal here. The city is pumped and Chris Mason is one of the first recipients of our famous hospitality.
Toronto Sun: Mason first Jet to land. Peggers' are hoping he and Pavelec will make a dynamic tandem next season.
Winnipeg Free Press: Up close and personal with Randy Jones. Introducing another Jets player to fans.
Montreal Gazette: Rypien wanted story to help others battling depression. Let's hope that some good can come from this and it isn't forgotten during the next news cycle.
CBC: Jets goalie takes 1st skate. Our favorite Jet was on the IC Radio show last night talking about his experience.
Around the NHL:
Edmonton Journal: Oilers hire Duane Sutter as a scout. Changing sides? A Sutter moving North. Seems like treason.
Globe and Mail: Mystery shrouds Crosby's future. Let's hope for the league's sake he is ready to go when the season starts.
Chicago Daily Herald: Blackhawks expect a much better start. Even though people in Winnipeg are hoping for the Jets now, fans still pull for Hawks captain Jonathan Toews.
TSN: Hall uses lengthy break to prepare for sophomore dominance. I saw him play the Wings and while he (and the rest of the Oilers) looked young, you could see the type player he could develop into.
Illegal Curve Radio: Part 1. For those who missed last night's show, here is part 1 which contains the interview with Jets assistant coach Charlie Huddy and Jets goalie Chris Mason.
I noted in a previous Prospect Pulse that due to a dearth of high-end prospects coming over from the Thrashersí system, the Jets would have to be proactive in signing college free-agents as well as undrafted players out of major junior. The Moose brain trust had great success with this system, and it would appear that the Jets are well on their way to replicating that success.
The Jets recently signed centre Michael Kirkpatrick out of Saint Johnís in the QMJHL to a two-way deal. While this might look like a move designed to generate interest in the Ice Caps, the Jets may have landed a legitimate prospect in Kirkpatrick. The undrafted native of North Sydney, NS played four years at Saint Johnís, with excellent point totals during his last three seasons to go with excellent production during the playoffs.
Before we get ahead of ourselves, I should note that an elite player should be kicking out the jams at the junior level during his 19 and 20 year old seasons so it is important to note that Kirkpatrick isnít exactly setting the world on fire. However, in a prospect pool somewhat devoid of high-end offensive talent, he certainly fills a niche.
Columbia Daily Tribune: Can’t put a price on NHL passion. Exactly. You can’t quantify passion. For all the doubters (and there were many) that the NHL wouldn’t succeed in Winnipeg, the city took exactly two minutes in June to prove them wrong. Next those same naysayers will point to sustainability, but I think True North has done its homework and this city will be an NHL market forever, ever, ever.
Arctic Ice Hockey: The Maple Street Press Winnipeg Jets Annual. The 1st ever Jets annual is ready to be ordered and hits newsstands on September 13th. IC contributed with Arctic Ice Hockey to put out this really good publication.
Jet Fuel: Winnipeg Jets fan documentary. Documenting a road trip to capture the passion of Jets fans while at the same time partnering with Believe in the Goal charity to add a worthwhile component to an interesting project.
Around the NHL:
Globe and Mail: NHL needs Crosby says Lightning star Steven Stamkos. A lot of people who have not yet had their NHL Winnipeg Jets season tickets selection draft (yours truly included) are very interested to know what is happening with #87 before they chose a Penguins/Jets game.
The Score: Ovechkin hocking candy bars (video). Expected it to be funnier although his grin is always funny.
Edmonton Journal: Moreau, Strudwick, Pisani, Staios – any use for old Oiler warriors? Of this list, I’m most surprised that Pisani is still looking for work.
Yahoo Sports: Joel Quenneville’s tone deaf ‘Take me out to the Ballgame’(video). Better he should give up singing and continue to focus on coaching.