June 28 2016 10:05PM
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Could the Winnipeg Jets find themselves over a barrel when the market opens at weeks end? If the Jets weren't feeling the pressure before, they probably should be now, especially in light of CSNNE's Joe Haggerty's report that the Boston Bruins are considering tendering a lucrative offer sheet to defenseman Jacob Trouba.
Let's unpack and analyze the extent of this threat from Winnipeg's perspective and try to handicap how they might wriggle their way out of this.
McKenzie: passing on Laine, selecting Puljujarvi with 2nd overall pick 'may be a legit consideration' for Jets
June 23 2016 06:15AM
For months now, even before the NHL draft lottery, the apex of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft order has seemed immutable. Most everyone expects Auston Matthews to go first, then Patrik Laine, then Jesse Puljujarvi.
Hold on though. While Laine remains the consensus pick to go second overall, all it takes to throw a wrench into the expected draft order is for one team to think a bit differently. And the Winnipeg Jets may be that team that thinks a bit differently, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie.
On Wednesday night McKenzie tweeted that he wasn't "nearly as confident" about Winnipeg "automatically" selecting Patrik Laine with the No. 2 overall pick, as he was about the Toronto Maple Leafs selecting Auston Matthews. Not a huge surprise there. McKenzie's follow up tweet did make it sound like Jets brass is genuinely exploring their options with the second overall pick though:
I am not saying WPG won't take Laine but I am saying, IMO, Jesse Puljujarvi may be a legit consideration at No. 2 for the Jets.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 23, 2016
What should we make of this? Let's unpack it after the jump.
February 25 2016 06:00PM
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Winnipeg Jets captain Andrew Ladd has been traded to the Chicago Blackhawks along with depth forward Matt Fraser and depth defender Jay Harrison for a bounty of significant future assets including a 2016 first-round pick and Marko Dano, according to a report from TSN's Darren Dreger.
Update:The conditional pick coming back to Winnipeg is a 2018 third-rounder, but the condition is that the Blackhawks need to win the Stanley Cup, according to Sportsnet's Mark Spector.
December 01 2015 07:56PM
Jacob Trouba is really good and the Winnipeg Jets shouldn't consider trading him, even if the return is a No. 1 defenseman on a team-friendly contract who hails from Manitoba originally and would love nothing more than to come home.
Thankfully for Jets fans, all signs point to the club being completely unwilling to part ways with the 22-year-old two-way defender.
While the latest reports suggest that Trouba will not be dangled as trade bait in a potential Travis Hamonic deal, an increasingly common theme in the reporting of the most plugged in insiders in the industry is that working out a contract extension with Trouba could prove difficult for the Jets.
November 30 2015 10:36AM
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The status of key pending unrestricted free agents stars Dustin Byfuglien and Andrew Ladd is the biggest Winnipeg Jets story going this season.
There are a variety of other interesting Jets subplots - from how Connor Hellebuyck and Nikolaj Ehlers fare in their first taste of NHL action, to how the Jets sort through contract issues with pending restricted players like Jacob Trouba and Mark Scheifele - but how this small market (albeit successful) club opts to deal with Ladd and Byfuglien is a bigger, global-type issue.
Do the Jets believe in this core group of players? Are they willing to let one or both of Ladd and Byfuglien walk? These are easily the biggest questions facing this organization this season. And of late, this mammoth quandary has intersected with the availability of New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic - a Manitoba-born defenseman eager to play for the Jets.
On Monday, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman - who recently opined that the Jets re-engaged Byfuglien in contract extension talks in the context of getting their ducks in a row on the Hamonic front - suggested in a radio appearance on Sportsnet 960 that the Jets have offered the Islanders a Byfuglien for Hamonic swap. Obviously it wasn't enough to convince the Islanders to do the deal.