Jets likely to be sellers
There will come a time during the next few weeks when Kevin Cheveldayoff and the Winnipeg Jets hockey operations department decides whether they will be in the business of buying or selling leading up to the NHL trade deadline on Feb. 27.
The chances of it being the latter and not the former is where the smart money currently resides.
The Jets will be open for business, but let’s be perfectly clear — nobody is expecting a fire sale and Cheveldayoff isn’t going to be giving players away just for the sake of making changes.
The Jets are also unlikely to be among those in the market looking to acquire rental players or those who will be unrestricted free agents on July 1.
Nor is it likely they’ll be involved in a blockbuster, though it’s always possible something might come up that would help the Jets both for the present and future.
The cold, hard truth is that the Jets inherited the majority of the players on this roster and that this inaugural season of the Jets 2.0 version has basically been an open audition from the onset.
It was basically a foregone conclusion that the Jets biggest issue would be scoring goals and that’s proven to be the case.
Pure snipers don’t exactly grow on trees — they’re usually found with a high draft pick, a shrewd trade or a high-priced free agent pick-up, though occasionally they can come from a late bloomer or a calculated waiver claim.
Regardless of which route they pursue, it’s clear the Jets will be looking for a few more goal scorers going forward.
That wish list will also include several gritty forwards.