Jets Nation is joining a new Nations Network tradition of handing control of the franchise over to our readers to solve the problem of the week. Inside we’ll review the situation in net and ask you to solve it in the comments.
What is the point of this? I’m going to outline a scenario below, and you sound off on how to fix it. If security wasn’t so tight at the MTS Centre and you could do an amazing Kevin Cheveldayoff impression, how would you use your powers for the good of the Jets? Who knows, maybe Mark Chipman will realize that GM’s are able to make changes to a hockey club and spring into action! (hahahaha…ha…ha…)
The problem of Ondrej Pavelec is known far and wide at this point, with goalie scout Justin Goldman giving us insight here, and Travis Hrubeniuk tracking every goal against last year to show that Pav was almost twice as likely to give up a ‘preventable’ goal than his supposed backup. Just so you don’t think it’s a Jets Nation conspiracy, even Tyler Dellow found that Pavelec alone cost the Jets two or maybe three playoff appearances. Many thought he would be in line for a compliance buy out, or a regular buy out with our friends at Arctic Ice even doing the accounting work for GM Kevin Cheveldayoff.
The Jets let Al Montoya leave after a stellar .920 save percentage season and replaced him with Michael Hutchinson. Hutch backstopped the IceCaps to a Calder Cup appearance, but started last season in the ECHL and has 3 games of NHL experience at 24 years of age. Former #3 on the depth chart Edward Pasquale was also allowed to leave, with prospect Connor Hellebuyck turning pro and Eric Comrie on his heels. Most recently, the team acquired and waived Peter Budaj to offer some veteran help to the Hellebuyck / Olkinuora tandem.
For the fourth season in a row, it looks like the Jets will have a problem in net. What’s the solution?
How It Works
It’s dead easy, just tell us and your fellow readers how to fix the hot mess in the Jets’ crease! Who would you target in trade and what would you give up? Would you buy Pavelec out? Maybe you’d just wait a few more years? Eye drops in Pav’s water bottle might give Hutchinson more starts, so maybe it’s as simple as bringing in a new trainer! You tell us in our first What Would You Do Wednesday!