Winnipeg Jets Free Agency: Part Three - Free Agent Options

Garret Hohl
July 01 2015 06:30AM

The Winnipeg Jets are entering 2015's free agency and they have some holes to fill.

While free agency is no longer a place you can build a team, it is still a location where smart General Managers can efficiently supplement their core, pushing the team to the next level.

The Jets currently have about 54 million assigned for 2015, and Mark Chipman estimates the Jets to be about a third-quartile team in spending. After making the playoffs last season for the first time since the franchise's move to Canada, the Jets will be looking to contend for a second time.

Let's take a look at some external options the Jets have for filling up their roster through free agency.

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Winnipeg Jets Free Agency: Part Two - Internal Options

Garret Hohl
July 01 2015 06:00AM

The Winnipeg Jets are entering 2015's free agency and they have some holes to fill.

While free agency is no longer a place you can build a team, it is still a location where smart General Managers can efficiently supplement their core, pushing the team to the next level.

The Jets currently have about 54 million assigned for 2015, and Mark Chipman estimates the Jets to be about a third-quartile team in spending. After making the playoffs last season for the first time since the franchise's move to Canada, the Jets will be looking to contend for a second time.

Let's take a look at some internal options the Jets have for filling up their roster.

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Winnipeg Jets Free Agency: Part One - Needs

Garret Hohl
July 01 2015 05:30AM

The Winnipeg Jets are entering 2015's free agency and they have some holes to fill.

While free agency is no longer a place you can build a team, it is still a location where smart General Managers can efficiently supplement their core, pushing the team to the next level.

The Jets currently have about 54 million assigned for 2015, and Mark Chipman estimates the Jets to be about a third-quartile team in spending. After making the playoffs last season for the first time since the franchise's move to Canada, the Jets will be looking to contend for a second time.

Let's take a look at what the Jets needs are that may be filled by free agency.

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Winnipeg Jets Organizational Depth Chart

Garret Hohl
June 30 2015 04:28PM

There are a lot of fantastic cap management --like NHL Numbers-- and prospect depth --like Hockey's Future-- websites out there.

Unfortunately there is no where that really combines both of these in one easy location, so I tend to keep one for myself.

Here is an updated look of the Winnipeg Jets' organizational depth, prior to entering the "frenzy" of 2015's free agency.

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Report: Jets extend Drew Stafford with 2-year, $8.7 million contract

Thomas Drance
June 30 2015 01:25PM

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It looks as if the Winnipeg Jets will retain Drew Stafford, the NHL-level piece that they received as part of the return in the Evander Kane trade, after all. ESPN's Craig Custance is reporting that the deal is done and that it's a two-year pact. Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman is reporting that the deal will pay Stafford $8.7 million in total, so it will carry a $4.35 million annual average value.

The news isn't a big surprise, as the Jets were reportedly working hard to retain the American-born middle-six winger prior to the opening of the market on Wednesday. Stafford, 29, is a reliable secondary scoring forward and managed nine goals and 19 points in 26 games with the Jets last season.

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