Will the Jets make a trade to help them get back to a playoff position?
“So,” began the first diehard, addressing his compadres, “who do you guys like the most, Jones, MacKinnon or Drouin?”
Excellent question, given what is unfolding here.
And you wonder if the same thoughts aren’t now being tossed around by Jets management as they watch their squad struggle mightily before their eyes. After all, consider…
— The Jets have dropped three straight at home, are 2-7 since opening the season 3-1-1 and are now on the road for their longest trip of the year.
— They are 14th in the Eastern Conference and 28th overall, with only the Washington Capitals and Columbus Blue Jackets in their rear-view mirror.
So, yeah, at this rate the chances of grabbing one of the top prospects in this year’s draft — Seth Jones, Nathan MacKinnon or Jonathan Drouin — are beginning to look pretty dang promising.
But if you know GM Kevin Cheveldayoff and his crew at all, if you had seen the expression on Zach Bogosian’s face Sunday — he looked like he wanted to put his fist through a wall — and then Blake Wheeler’s impassioned ‘Screw it/Let’s enjoy this’ analysis on Monday, you know there are any number of Jets bosses and players who are a long way from rolling over and throwing up the white flag on the 2013 season.
The numbers may look gruesome now, but there is still a belief that with 70 per cent of this condensed season yet to be played, something can be salvaged here.