May 02 2015 09:44AM
No matter how successful or disastrous a season goes, change is in the air. Such is life in pro sports these days, especially in the NHL. The salary cap plays a large role in teams decisions on who they keep and who they let walk. The Winnipeg Jets are no exception. With 9 players slated to hit the market on July 1, general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff has some difficult decisions ahead. Here's a look at the nine who are set to be free.
May 01 2015 12:14PM
Kevin Cheveldayoff is bracing for a busy summer.
The Winnipeg Jets general manager is faced with trying to sign nine potential unrestricted free agents — including forwards Michael Frolik and Drew Stafford.
“I like the group in there and if we can keep as much of it together as we can, that’s good,” Cheveldayoff told The Canadian Press.
Frolik, who had a cap hit of $3.3 million this year, is coming off his best season with the Jets where he scored 19 goals and added 23 assists. Stafford, who was acquired in the blockbuster deal that sent Evander Kane to Buffalo, had 19 points in 26 games with the Jets. Forwards Jiri Tlusty and Lee Stempniak are also pending UFAs.
While keeping some of the current Jets together, here are five top unrestricted free agents Cheveldayoff could target come July 1.
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May 01 2015 06:30AM
Dave Nonis speaks after firing, changes Canucks will make, renewed life in Edmonton, Flames round 2 matchup, Jets continue to roll out playoff injury list, more 2015 draft coverage, a classic playoff tilt and more in this week's Roundup brought to you by Draftkings.
April 30 2015 05:18PM
On this week's episode, Garret and Rhys lament the Jets and Canucks both bowing out in the first round of the NHL playoffs, and take a look at where each franchise can go from here. Join us after the jump to listen!
April 29 2015 05:47PM
Recently, we at Jets Nation looked at the performance of the Winnipeg Jets' roster in terms of Goals Above Replacement.
The statistic estimates the impact a player had on the team's goal differential relative to that of a replacement level player. We can then take this one step further, using the average goal differential to win differential translation for teams to then create an estimate for Wins Above Replacement.
Let's take a look at the Jets.