Michael Hutchinson signs two-year extension, $1.15M AAV

Garret Hohl
June 21 2016 01:04PM

The Winnipeg Jets announced today that they had agreed to a two-year, 2.3 million dollar with Michael Hutchinson

Let's take a quick look at what Hutchinson has done, what to expect, and why the Jets did a two-year extension.

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What to Expect From the Jets in Free Agency

Jacob Stoller
June 21 2016 08:00AM

While the NHL season may have just ended, it's time to turn the page and look ahead to the upcoming 2016-2017 season. With July 1st fast approaching and the draft even sooner on the 24th, the NHL offseason is in full swing. Now, will the Jets be making much noise in this years offseason? What they decide to do with their two promising restricted free agents in Mark Scheifele and Jacob Trouba will certainly generate some noise, but will the Jets be active participants in the free agent bidding wars. 

Last season, the Jets took lots of heat for filling out empty roster spots with young prospects as opposed to re-signing players such as Lee Stempniak or finding additions via free agency or the trade market to build off their first round playoff berth the previous year. Is this year much different? Should the Jets not be trusting there youth? 

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Nation Network Prospect Profile #2: Patrik Laine

Garret Hohl
June 21 2016 07:00AM

Our number two ranked prospect started the season rated as the third best prospect in the draft, only to have a historic season and push himself to second (and have some discussing him as a possible first) rated prospect for the 2016 NHL Entry draft.

Hailing from Tampere Finland, the elite goalscorer Patrik Laine comes next in our prospect profile series.

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Should the Jets offer Jacob Trouba for Matt Duchene?

Jacob Stoller
June 20 2016 11:16AM

Rumours have been flying left and right with what the Winnipeg Jets are going to do with Jacob Trouba. This hasn't been an irrational and baseless sequence of speculation, there is lots of uncertainty with Trouba. The restricted free agent has a high ceiling and could become a great defenseman in the league, there isn't much doubt about Trouba's potential. But the Jets are rather loaded with right shot defenseman and because of this, a long term extension might not be logical. If Trouba's sticking point in negotiations is a long term deal, the Jets may have to party ways with their 22 year old defenseman. 

Many teams will certainly give Kevin Cheveldayoff a call regarding the young D-man, but one team in particular that has reportedly expressed interest is the Colorado Avalanche. Trade talks have been surrounding two of the teams stars in Matt Duchene and Tyson Barrie but chatter of Barrie being on the move has been silenced with Avs general manager Joe Sakic reiterating that the team won't move Barrie. 

This opens the window to speculate if a trade could be had between the two teams involving Duchene and Trouba. Should Kevin Cheveldayoff give Joe Sakic a call about a deal regarding the two? 

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Nation Network Prospect Profile #3: Jesse Puljujarvi

Mack Irwin
June 20 2016 08:58AM

The number three ranked prospect of the Nation Network rankings is Finnish forward Jesse Puljujarvi.

Puljujarvi stormed onto the international scene at the World Juniors, where he scored 23 points in 15 games, including a hat trick in the gold medal game. He also put up one of the best 17-year-old seasons ever in the top Finnish league, scoring 28 points in 50 games and leading Karpat in possession, controlling 57.5% of shot attempts.

Puljujarvi is a great skater, with a quick, accurate shot and great playmaking vision. His defensive game is developed well beyond his years, and he uses his 6'4 frame to good effect in positioning and battling for pucks. He will likely step straight onto an NHL roster next season, and could be a difference-maker even as a rookie.

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