July 31 2013 04:55PM
Coming into the summer, it was plain to see that it would be a defining one for the future of the franchise and for the legacy of General Manager Kevin Cheveldayoff. Ten picks at the draft for a prospect starved franchise, just 19 contracts signed to the 50 man limit for a chance to re-shape the team, and the first set of season ticket commitments expiring at the end of the 2013-2014 season was the backdrop to the 'Summer of Chevy.' With 23 men on the NHL roster and just over $2M left in cap space, it would appear that the Summer of Chevy is nearly complete.
Our friend Ryan Blight over at Arctice Ice recently wrote a column that is quickly shaping how we talk about this summer in Jets Nation. He contends that by locking up the same core of players put together by Rick Dudley in Atlanta's final year, Cheveldayoff has ensured the squad remains the "woeful Atlanta Thrashers."
The reality is slightly more worrisome for the Jets and their fans. With the evidence of three off-seasons and two years of Jets hockey, I think we can start to fret that Cheveldayoff is a 'low-reward' style manager.
July 30 2013 06:23AM
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In inking Zach Bogosian to a long-term contract yesterday, General Manager Kevin Cheveldayoff officially avoided arbitration with all of the Jets' 5 RFAs who filed. In every case, the team paid full value for the player's services, including long term deals for the Big 3. Bogosian is no exception, signing at 23 for 7 years and $36M ($5.14M cap hit) after an up-and-down 5 years in the NHL. On the one hand, it's a story of redemption for the player as his time in Winnipeg has been his best hockey to date. On the other, it’s a low-reward risk on the premise of potential.
Below we'll look at the contract and the player separately as always.
July 27 2013 04:19PM
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Recently over at Oilers Nation, Jonathan Willis went through the Oilers' prospect cupboard in an effort to identify strengths and weaknesses in the team's program to build from within. It's a valuable exercise for the rebuilding Jets as well, so I've decided to replicate it here. Below we'll start our sketch of the Jets prospect depth with their top prospects in two categories: Blue Chip prospects who are very likely to make an impact at the NHL level, and Legitimate Prospects, or those who have a good chance at NHL action but come with more risk or lower ceilings.
July 23 2013 04:41AM
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Hooray! The first of the Big 3 RFAs has been signed! Twenty-five year old two-way centre Bryan Little agreed to a 5 year, $23.5M contract yesterday, narrowly avoiding his July 24th arbitration hearing. Little enjoyed a career year with the Jets in the lockout shortened 2013, scoring on pace for 55 points in 82 games while centering the top line against the opposition's best players. The cap hit of $4.7M represents the high end of what was expected for the six year veteran, and certainly the Jets paid in full for the services of the former 12th overall pick. Nevertheless, Little is an anchor in all three disciplines for the Jets, playing nearly a third of every hockey game - usually the third the Jets don't lose.
Below we'll cover the contract and the player separately.
July 21 2013 05:06AM
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RFA Zach Redmond was re-signed to a one-year, two-way contract by the Jets yesterday that will pay him $715K in the NHL and $65K in the AHL. Redmond played in 8 games for the Jets last season before missing the rest of the season with a severed artery suffered in practice. The right-handed two-way defender had an impressive NHL debut, scoring a goal and three assists while averaging over 19 minutes of ice time while first Byfuglien and Bogosian and later Enstrom were sidelined.
Below we'll look at the contract and player separately.