What would you do Wednesday: Abundance of Defencemen

In this installment of What Would You
Do Wednesday, I want to see what you, the readers, would do with Winnipeg’s
increasing abundance of defencemen with one-way contracts. Which bodies would
you move? Who do you keep up in the NHL? Who are your pairings when everyone is
healthy? Let us know, you’re the general manager.

THE SCENARIO

With Zach Bogosian, Mark Stuart and
Toby Enstrom all returning to the Jets lineup this past week, Winnipeg has
experienced a bit of a logjam on their back-end.

As of Winnipeg’s last game, the six
defencemen that played together were, Ben Chiarot with Dustin Byfuglien,
Enstrom with Bogosian and Stuart and Jay Harrison. Not a bad looking set of
six.

But with these six playing the last
three games, Adam Pardy and Paul Postma have since been scratched and had to
watch their team go 2-0-1 in their last three games.

It’s been noted that Pardy may be
nursing a bit of an injury during this span, but Postma who had played the
first 41 games of the season for the Jets proved that he was a valuable asset
when the team was battling injuries.

Finally, the Jets have two players on
injured reserve right now, Jacob Trouba (upper body,) who is slated to return
in February and Grant Clitsome (back,) who is out indefinitely. It is hard to
imagine that Trouba will not be back into the Jets lineup the moment he is
healthy. The same cannot be said about Clitsome.

When all is said and done, there is a
total of 10 defencemen with one-way contracts and only seven roster spots.

Options for dealing with Winnipeg’s
defensive logjam include:

·      When Trouba is healthy, moving Byfuglien back up to forward
where he started the season. Byfuglien has proved to be one of Winnipeg’s most
valuable assets during this injury spree. But now it could be time to see him back
up on the wing, despite Byfuglien’s and Chiarot’s established chemistry.

·      Moving some players with appealing contracts such as Postma,
Pardy, Clitsome and Harrison. Because you know there is no way the other six
are going anywher

·      Send two or three players down to the minors through waivers in order
to make room on the team.


HOW IT WORKS

Feel free to lets us know what you
would do with all these defencemen. Do you keep Byfuglien on the point with
Chiarot, or do you move him back to the wing to open a spot for Harrison,
Postma or Pardy? What would you expect back in a trade for any defenceman? Who
would you place on waivers and send to the minors? What seven players are a
part of your defence corps when everyone is healthy? Why? Make a point, leave
some comments, and fight for your beliefs. It’s What Would You Do Wednesday.

  • Serious Gord

    If you’ve got an over abundance of assets a trade makes sense. You could get solid value for Tobias, which works if you keep Big Buff on D where he prefers to be long term anyway.

  • Stewsquared

    Keep Buff with Chiarot, reunite “Stuba” and Bogo with Harrison. These lines each blend the right amount of offensive prowess with defensive awareness.

    Keep Postma as the 7th guy and tell the others thanks for their service.

    Ship Toby off to the Oilers for Teddy Purcell and call ‘er a day.

    Boom.

  • Stewsquared

    Bogo on the left. Reunite Buffstrom. Making it: Enstrom-Buff, Bogosian-Trouba, Stuart-Pardy, Harrison sits as he is the most experienced as a replacement for further injury. Send Clitsome down since he still has time. Pardy and Postma for a bottom 6 challenger.

  • Essensasasa

    Any mention of trading Toby is horribly misguided. All the players will tell you he’s their best D. Possession stats back it up.

    Keep Buff on D – he’s on a roll, why mess with it.

    Buff – Chariot
    Enstrom – Bogosian
    Trouba – Stuart

    Keep Harrison or Postma.

    Trade 2 of Postma, Harrison, Clitsome and Pardy. They were all really exposed during the injury crush, but Postma especially will have value for his offensive upside.

    Should be able to get a couple decent draft picks for em. A 3rd line winger to replace Halischuk is another option, though with Petan and Ehlers coming next year no need to overspend on a rental.

  • Stewsquared

    Keep Buff on defence. If he’s not the league MVP someone else is playing at a superhuman level.

    With Buff on defence the Jets have defence as a position of strength( when Trouba returns) and forwards lacking some depth and scoring touch.

    Also with Buff on defence there probably are few teams with such a high percentage of salary at one position.( With Trouba in line for a well-deserved raise soon)

    In my opinion, trade either Enstrom or Bogosian
    (although I really like both players) for a great forward and bolster the forwards positions.