As the final deadline deals were announced, the Winnipeg Jets maneuvered a deal that many anticipated. leading up until the deadline. The Jets dealt Drew Stafford to the Boston Bruins in exchange for a conditional sixth round draft pick.
Jets trade Drew Stafford to the Boston Bruins for a conditional 6th
— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) March 1, 2017
The reasons for trading Stafford are twofold. For starters, asset management is a priority.
It was apparent the Jets likely wouldn’t be retaining Stafford beyond this season and along with the fact the Jets are in an uphill battle to even have a shot at the playoffs, trading Stafford for an asset only seemed fitting.
Secondly, Stafford was clogging up a spot that the Jets will need in only a few days time. With Marko Dano and Andrew Copp recently cleared for contact, the Jets need to open up spots to make way for those two. The Jets would rather ship off a respected veteran like Stafford for a draft pick then have him sit in the press box and walk next year in free agency, with no compensation to show for it.
Stafford’s tenure with the Jets had it’s ups and it’s downs. After initially being acquired as a rental in the Evander Kane blockbuster deal, Winnipeg re-signed Drew Stafford to a two-year $8.7 million dollar contract. Fresh off an extension, Stafford notched 21 goals last season, only to significantly decline the following season and only score a mere four goals through forty games this season.
— Mitch Rosset (@mitchrosset) March 1, 2017
At the time of this publishing, the conditions to the sixth round pick the Jets have acquired are yet to be announced.
So, #NHLJets forward lines when all healthy?
— Mike McIntyre (@mikeoncrime) March 1, 2017