Jets have personnel decisions to make on defense
There have been a lot of trade rumors swirling around the Winnipeg Jets organization this season, mostly involving defenseman Dustin Byfuglien and forward Andrew Ladd. It was initially believed that they would try to keep Ladd and trade Byfuglien, but things have seemed to switch over the past few weeks.
The Jets are a bottom-ten team in the NHL this year and are poised to be sellers at the deadline. As next season rolls around, their defense could look a lot different.
For one, Tobias Enstrom has reportedly been shopped around recently. Enstrom, 31, has seen a steady decline in his point totals every year since the 2009-2010 season with the Atlanta Thrashers. He is on pace for under 20 points this year.
Enstrom isn’t exactly the tastiest of pieces that is on the market. His lack of production coupled with being on the books for two more years after this one at 5.75 million per makes him difficult to trade without the Jets eating a significant amount of his contract.
The other name the Jets have to figure out what to do with is Jacob Trouba. The ninth overall pick in 2012, Trouba is set for a big pay increase, as he is a restricted free agent this year. The Jets certainly do not want to trade him but they may be backed into a corner if they re-sign Byfuglien long term at 7 million per or more.
Gary Lawless, @garylawless, of The Hockey News suggests that if Byfuglien is re-signed for this price, a Hamonic for Trouba deal may make sense due to Hamonic’s lower cap hit.
Tyler Myers has been thrown out in discussions, mostly for Travis Hamonic, but a move involving him is highly unlikely.
The Jets defense could look like a number of combinations next year, with the likes of Byfuglien, Myers, Trouba, Enstrom, Hamonic, Stuart, Postma, Chiarot, and Morrissey all in the running.
Kevin Cheveldayoff has less than 30 days to decide his course of action heading into the offseason which will decide the fate of his hockey club for the 2016-2017 season.