January 06 2016 11:43AM
Last week I wrote about the Jets possibly needing to make a trade and this week I want to follow up based on some minor Jets speculation from Elliotte Friedman in this week's 30 Thoughts and news from around the NHL.
There seems to be general consensus in Jets Nation that the Jets should at least be talking to teams like Columbus and Colorado about Duchene and Johansen. Add another name to the fire, Jonathon Drouin.
If you are Kevin Cheveldayoff, do you make a play for Drouin?
Jonathon Drouin is the kind of player that can help a team now and in the future. He is only 20 years old and his prime scoring years are still a ways off.
If the Jets are making a play for players like Drouin, Duchene, or Johansen, they still view the season as salvageable. Those three players will require the Jets parting with more than one valuable asset. For example, this is what the Tyler Seguin trade looked like: Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverley and defenseman Ryan Button to the Stars for forward Loui Eriksson and three prospects (Joseph Morrow, Reilly Smith and Matt Fraser).
Would you be willing to part with the Jets' 1st round pick? Would you be willing to part with Nikolaj Ehlers or Blake Wheeler, if trading them meant getting a player like Duchene?
If you are not all in to win for the 2015-16 season, what assets on the Jets are untouchable?
Elliotte Friedman speculated about the Washington Capitals potentially being interested in Dustin Byfuglien in this week's 30 Thoughts:
6. With Brooks Orpik’s health situation uncertain, a couple of sources indicated to check Washington’s interest in Dustin Byfuglien. There’s logic to this, as their cap hits are within $300,000 of each other. Can you imagine the Capitals with him? Anyways, it doesn’t look like this is going to happen. Word is Orpik’s injury is not season-ending. If he was gone until the playoffs (e.g. Patrick Kane last year), I could see Washington trying.
Are you willing to trade Byfuglien and leave a hole in the blue line? Keep in mind, Byfuglien is on an expiring contract, so the return will have limits.
If a team inquired about Bryan Little, would you listen or hang up laughing? Bryan Little could net a fairly large return and build up Winnipeg's prospect depth.
Are any of the prospects off limits, say Josh Morrisey or Brendan Lemieux?
What Would You Do?
You determine there is enough of the season left to make a run for the playoffs and you need to make a splash to make the run and make the fans happy. What are you willing to give up assets wise?
The season is lost and you decide to position yourself for a higher draft pick. Do you sell some pieces so the Jets are ready for a playoff run during the 2016-17 season? Or, do you sell some bigger name pieces and build for the future?