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Winnipeg Jets Still Have Work To Do

from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,

And sure, with July 1 just around the corner and the free agency frenzy about to begin, you can be sure Cheveldayoff and his management team have been doing their due diligence and exploring their options.

But with three key restricted free agents still to sign in forwards Patrik Laine, Kyle Connor and Andrew Copp, the Jets aren’t going to be overly active in free agency – at least not outside of locking down their own players.

During the courting period, numbers being tossed around for pending unrestricted free agents are high, which is natural for this time of year.

“It’s not July 1 yet, but it’s approaching July 1, so you’re never surprised when you see some of those things,” said Cheveldayoff. “But, again, you’ve got a cap, so essentially you’ve got a pie and there are only so many ways you can divvy it.”

Laine and Connor are part of the high-end crop of restricted free agents that are looking to change the landscape regarding players coming out of entry-level deals.

They’re expected to be seeking long term, big-ticket deals.

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Winnipeg Jets Have Salary Cap Decisions To Make

from Mike McIntyre of the Winnipeg Free Press,

Patrik Laine, Kyle Connor, Andrew Copp, Neal Pionk, Nathan Beaulieu and Joe Morrow are all restricted free agents who need new deals. In the case of Laine and Connor, could another NHL club try to take advantage of Winnipeg’s financial woes and sign them to an offer sheet the Jets would either be forced to match or lose the player in exchange for draft pick compensation?

That could happen as early as July 1, so buckle up.

Tyler Myers, Brandon Tanev, Ben Chiarot and Par Lindholm are the key unrestricted free agents who are now able to speak with other possible suitors about signing with them beginning next Monday as well. Myers, for example, met Sunday with the Vancouver Canucks. The clock is ticking, their time in Winnipeg likely coming to an end.

To get all the RFAs signed and have any hope of retaining a UFA, or two, some salary is going to have to be shed. Mathieu Perreault and Dmitry Kulikov are two names being talked about as potential victims of the cash crunch.

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Jacob Trouba Traded To The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, June 17, 2019 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has acquired defenseman Jacob Trouba from the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for Neal Pionk and the 20th overall pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.

Trouba, 25, skated in 82 games with Winnipeg this past season, registering eight goals and 42 assists for 50 points, along with a plus-eight rating and 58 penalty minutes. He established career-highs in several categories in 2018-19, including games played, assists, and points. Trouba was tied for ninth among NHL defensemen in assists during the past season (tied with Erik Karlsson and Victor Hedman), and he also ranked 13th among NHL defensemen in points during the season. Of the 13 NHL defensemen who recorded 50 or more points in 2018-19, Trouba received the least amount of power play ice time during the season (168:52; next lowest was Thomas Chabot – 205:41). In addition, Trouba’s 42 assists were the second-most by an NHL defenseman 25 years old or younger this past season (trailing only Morgan Rielly), and his 50 points were the third-most by an NHL defenseman 25 years old or younger (trailing only Rielly and Chabot). He also ranked sixth in the NHL in blocked shots in 2018-19 (171).

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Going After Jacob Trouba

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The Rangers and Islanders are among the most aggressive teams in pursuit of Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba, The Post has learned, with the Devils also in the chase.

Trouba, the 25-year-old impending restricted free agent for whom the Jets are soliciting offers, would slide into the right side of the first pair for either club. But his acquisition would come at a steep cost, both in terms of personnel going the other way in a trade package and the long-term contract Trouba would command.

Winnipeg, according to several sources, has yet to give permission to inquiring clubs to speak with Trouba’s agent, Kurt Overhardt, about a contract. One would figure seven years at up to $7.5 million per season for the Michigan native — who recorded 50 points (8-42) last season, 13th most among defensemen. His 42 assists tied for ninth among blue-liners.

Question: Does the price become too high for the Rangers if the Jets demand Lias Andersson be included in the package?

For the Islanders, would Lamoriello be willing to include defenseman Noah Dobson, last year’s 12th-overall pick, in a deal for Trouba. For the Devils, would Shero be willing to send Jesper Bratt and Jesper Boqvist or Ty Smith back the other way? Smith, almost certainly not.

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The Latest Free Agent Frenzy

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

The calendar says Free Agent Frenzy begins on Canada Day.

But for the Winnipeg Jets, the deadline might as well be June 23 ­– the opening of the unrestricted free agent interview period – when it comes to keeping Tyler Myers.

Now that GM Kevin Cheveldayoff has a clearer picture of what RFA defenceman Jacob Trouba can fetch in a trade, the Jets have re-engaged with Myers’ camp on bringing back the 6-foot-8 blueliner.

The two sides met at the NHL Draft Combine in Buffalo last week.

The question is: Can the Jets entice Myers enough in the next two and a half weeks to not go to market? He’s made it this far and the pull to at least listen in the courting process is strong.

Myers would draw no shortage of interest on the open market. The Vancouver Canucks, Colorado Avalanche and Dallas Stars are among the teams potentially interested in signing Myers, though you could probably pencil in more than half the league as keen on the idea of adding a right-shooting defenceman of his calibre.

 
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Nazem Kadri Would Be A Good Fit In Winnipeg

from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,

Let’s present the case for acquiring Toronto Maple Leafs pivot Nazem Kadri, who would most definitely fit the criteria.

Kadri is a hard-nosed player with plenty of skill.

Although he’s coming off a bit of a down season by his standards, he still recorded 16 goals (including five game-winners) and 44 points in 73 games – numbers that would have left him sixth on the Jets in scoring.

Kadri is a two-time 30-goal scorer and has 161 goals and 357 points in 561 NHL games.

He’s produced offence at a consistent level and he’s also a major pain in the behind to play against....///

The Maple Leafs aren’t going to give him away and the deal could be a tad complicated.

But what about a package that involved Jack Roslovic?

He’s shown flashes with the Jets, producing nine goals and 24 points in 77 games last season.

Roslovic wouldn’t likely to be riding shotgun with his old U.S. National junior team linemate Matthews, but he could work himself into regular work on the third line and eventually grow into a top-six role.

The other thing to consider here would be Trouba, especially if the defenceman would consider signing an extension.

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What To Do With Jacob Trouba?

from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,

On the surface, his value has never been higher.

Yet, how that impacts where Jacob Trouba will play next season (and beyond) remains very much in question with just under a month before the 2019 NHL Draft gets underway in Vancouver.

Why is the date of the draft important as it pertains to Trouba?

Well, it’s the place where all 31 general managers and key decision makers from the respective organizations get together every year....

Some folks believe the Jets are reaching the point of no return with Trouba, that if the talented defenceman doesn’t want to commit to signing a long-term deal this summer, he should be dealt before next season begins.

Trouba is one year away from unrestricted free agency and most signs point to him wanting to get to that bench post....

With that in mind, here’s a look at an assortment of scenarios the Jets must mull over before making a decision that will have far-reaching ramifications and could play a monumental role in how long their window to win stays open:...

Trade Trouba on his own

As mentioned earlier, a swap of Trouba isn’t as simple as it sounds unless the player is willing to do a longer-term deal with the new team. For a guy who could be in line to make somewhere between $7.5 to $8.5 million on a contract with six-to-eight years of term, that could eliminate a number of potential suitors – as many contenders don’t have the space to fit Trouba under their own salary cap ceiling. However, all it takes is one team and few teams in the NHL aren’t looking to upgrade their respective blue line. The other thing to consider here is that while the Jets would love to get back into the first round of the 2019 NHL Draft, moving Trouba for futures doesn’t really make a whole lot of sense when you consider they’re a contender and trying to win now. The Jets would love to get a top-pairing D-man and a first-rounder back, but again, very few teams are in a rush to move those types of players and include a top draft pick.

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Fans Want Jacob Trouba Out Of Winnipeg

from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun,

A full 75% want Trouba shipped out, suggesting Cheveldayoff swing a deal at this summer’s NHL Draft rather than have Trouba go into the final year of his contract.

And to think 89% tagged Trouba as untouchable just two years ago.

The other number that caught my eye on the blue line was the overwhelming support for Ben Chiarot.

A perfectly serviceable defenceman who has some bite to his game, Chiarot has 91% of fans in his corner, more even than Dustin Byfuglien. That probably has something to do with value for the dollar.

The number of those who’ve had enough of Byfuglien has crept up only marginally over the last two years, from 10% to 16%.

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Another Contract Year For Jacob Trouba

from Rory Boylen of Sportsnet,

...there’s also 25-year-old defenceman Jacob Trouba, who asked to be traded out of Winnipeg prior to the 2016-17 season and later rescinded it. Trouba was an RFA last summer and it was reported that his arbitration hearing was a “marathon” as the two sides were as much as $3 million apart, with Trouba seeking upwards of $7 million per season.

Generally speaking, most NHL arbitration cases get settled before an arbiter’s ruling, with two sides coming to agreement on a new contract. But Trouba went the distance and was awarded a one-year, $5.5-million deal. That contract followed a two-year bridge deal and now, heading into the summer of 2019, Trouba is a year away from being UFA-eligible.

Asked on Monday if he wanted to be a Winnipeg Jet for the long-term, Trouba was non-committal.

“Same answer as always,” he said to the familiar question. “We’ll figure it out once things get going in the summer, what’s best, and move forward from there. We gotta sit down, have a meeting and figure out what to do moving forward. I haven’t really thought about it. I tried to put it in the back of my mind as much as I could this year.”

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Video- A Must Win For The Winnipeg Jets Tonight

The Jets are in St. Louis tonight and a loss sends Winnipeg home for the year.

Remember, the home team has yet to win a game this series.

Below, watch Paul Maurice before the puck drops tonight.

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