JN AirMail – December 21, 2015


It was an interesting past week in Jets-land was it not? Some of you had questions and fortunately I have answers – or at the very least words that when put together in the sequence I have arranged them in, seem like they may be good answers.

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And now, on with the madness!

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Sure seems like John Tortorella and the Jackets have for whatever reason figured the fifth year forward is somehow a problem and that they really don’t need the 25+ goals per season that Ryan Johansen has provided the last two seasons.

Sending Buff the other way to Columbus would be a start, but I highly doubt the Jackets will trade the 23 year old dynamic forward for a half season rental in a season where they are nowhere near contending. Keep in mind as well that Johansen still has a year left on his contract after this season and is an RFA after that whereas Buff is a UFA in six months.

I suspect it would take a bit of a package of prospects rather than a rental and some other players. The nice thing is the Jets have a bit of a pool of talented prospects at forward so it could be done, but would Chevy be willing to make that deal? I have my doubts.

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As much as Kassian would have been an upgrade over certain other players the Jets currently put on the ice, the smart play was for the Jets to stay away from Zack when there already seems to be enough drama and distraction with the team already.

Will the Jets finish between 20th and 30th place in the NHL overall standings? It’s very possible, sure.

The real issue is that a top 10 pick really doesn’t help the Jets like say a top 3 pick would which is why you are seeing some fans whisper about the desire for the Jets to start pulling off a tank job which of course is helped with the Ladd and Byfuglien contract talks.

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The funny thing about the NHL standings right now is that while the Jets are three points away from the NHL basement, they are also six points out of a playoff spot with a game in hand on the Nashville Predators and still well over half a season left to play.

We’ll probably re-vist the whole idea of “tanking” vs “going for it” at the end of January when the picture probably gets a little clearer.

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