Jets finish second in Josh Healey sweepstakes

When Josh Healey was asked how he ended up signing with the Calgary Flames, he added an interesting tidbit reagarding the final steps of his decision.

The Edmonton native was interested in playing in Western Canada and as Elliotte Friedman mentioned in his 30 thoughts column, all four Western Canadian teams were interested in signing Healey. But throughout the whole process, Winnipeg was not brought up as a serious bidder for Healey. Hearing that Healey expressed interest in Winnipeg likely has fans wondering; who is this guy?

Who is Josh Healey?

Healey, 22, finished his collegiate career with a strong senior season in which he recorded 25 points in 35 games and finished fourth in Big-ten defensive scoring. Healey isn’t shy at throwing his body around and his physical game was always a step ahead of the college game. Mind you, as highly touted as Healey was, this year’s college free agency class was regarded as a rather thin one.

Why did Healey consider the Jets?

Prior to Healey’s comments, there wasn’t much noise connecting Healey to the Jets. But from a hockey perspective, Winnipeg looked to be a prime destination for Healey. Along with all the injuries to the Winnipeg’s backend, the Jets defensive depth has long been abysmal.

With five Jets defenceman injured, the Jets could have offered Healey NHL experience right off the bat and with him being a left-shot, Healey could have suited up alongside Dustin Byfuglien or perhaps even Jacob Trouba down the road in Winnipeg.

So, why did he choose Calgary?

Looking Onward

Losing out on Healey is not the end of the world.

As of right now, the Jets have exciting defenceman up-and-coming in their system. Luke Green and Jake Kulevich are with the Manitoba Moose on ATO’s and in a matter of hours, we may even see Tucker Poolman report to the Winnipeg Jets. Hearing that the Jets were close to signing a highly touted name may sting fans for a bit, but frankly, a depth signing of Healey isn’t going to trasnform the team’s defence.


    The remaining games are nothing burgers for the most part but articles like this one are of far more interest for me.
    While we await the playoffs to begin my attention on the Jets current on ice performance has become generally tepid.

    Articles like this one though that approach the subject of acquisitions hold far more interest than the current death spiral of 2016-2017.

    How the Las Vegas expansion will play out and player moves required by Jets management are what interests me now as the next season has far more allure than the end of the season suffering we are seeing.

    Chevy must and its worth repeating must bring a goalie to Jet land who can share the load with Hellebuyck. How that happens is his problem alone, failure to perform would require an indictment on him of unacceptable failure period. I like Chevy and I like Maurice (caveat: subject matter to be revisited Xmas 2017) but this fix is way overdue, 1.5 seasons and 3 million + reasons overdue…

    Same for a LD he has to deliver and Jay Harrison and Brian Strait types are not going to cut it. It will be difficult to see whoever is going go to be traded of value to make it happen but that’s hockey.

    So regarding goal tending who should he be looking at? Here are some suggestions ranging from absurdities to potential maybes enjoy …

    Jets Potential Wish List Goalies
    Mature’ish Dudes
    Devan Dubnyk MN. Age: 30 (currently on 6 yr. $26M deal)
    Aanti Raanta NYR Age: 27 (currently on 2 yr. deal)
    Carter Hutton StL Age: 31 (currently on 2 yr. deal)
    James Reimer FL Age: 28 (currently on 5 yr. deal)
    Pekka Rennie NSH Age: 34 (currently on a ? deal)

    Young’ish Dudes
    Calvin Pickard COL Age: 24 (currently on a 2 yr. deal)
    Phillip Grubauer Age: 25 (currently on a ? deal)
    Juuse Saros NSH Age: 21 (currently on a ? deal)