Jets get Lafwhat happens next

Created by: masterjuddi
Initial Creation Date: Aug 10, 2020
Published: Aug 10, 2020 at 11:42
Team: 2020-21 Winnipeg Jets
Legend
Lefthanded
Original Team
Righthanded
Position
No Move/Trade Clause
Expiry Status
Term Remaining
Edmonton Oilers
McDavid, Connor
$12,500,000
C
NMC
UFA - 5
Team Explanation
So basically this post is to start a conversation on what would happen next if the jets were lucky enough to get the #1 pick. Lots of debate out there on what to do, but Im of the opinion you don't deal the pick and you bring Laf in next season. That would create a log jam of really good wingers, but leaves a huge hole at 2C and on the LD.
Who could the jets deal to fill those holes?
Connor? Laine? Ehlers? or do the jets sit back, maybe sign a few UFA's and deal with the Laine situation after next season? It would be an amazing problem to have
Free Agent Signings
RFAYEARSCAP HIT
Appleton, Mason1$1,000,000
Harkins, Jansen1$800,000
Niku, Sami1$1,000,000
Roslovic, Jack2$2,500,000
Suess, C.J.1$750,000
Spacek, Michael1$750,000
Nogier, Nelson1$750,000
UFAYEARSCAP HIT
Beaulieu, Nathan2$2,000,000
Brossoit, Laurent1$1,500,000
DeMelo, Dylan5$3,800,000
CREATEDYEARSCAP HIT
Samberg, Dylan3$925,000
Lafreniere, Alexis3$925,000
DRAFT YEARROUND 1ROUND 2ROUND 3ROUND 4ROUND 5ROUND 6ROUND 7
2020
WPG
WPG
WPG
WPG
2021
WPG
WPG
WPG
WPG
WPG
2022
WPG
WPG
WPG
WPG
WPG
WPG
WPG
ROSTER SIZESALARY CAPCAP HITOVERAGES BONUSESCAP SPACE
23$81,500,000$80,372,856$0$150,000$1,127,144
Left WingCenterRight Wing
WPG
Connor, Kyle
$7,142,857
LW
UFA - 6
WPG
Scheifele, Mark
$6,125,000
C
NTC
UFA - 4
WPG
Wheeler, Blake
$8,250,000
RW, C
NMC
UFA - 4
WPG
Laine, Patrik
$6,750,000
LW, RW
RFA - 1
WPG
Copp, Andrew
$2,280,000
C, LW
RFA - 1
WPG
Ehlers, Nikolaj
$6,000,000
RW, LW
UFA - 5
Lafreniere, Alexis
$925,000
WPG
Little, Bryan
$5,291,667
C, RW
NTC
UFA - 4
WPG
Roslovic, Jack
$2,500,000
RW, C
RFA
WPG
Harkins, Jansen
$800,000
LW
RFA - 2
WPG
Lowry, Adam
$2,916,666
C
UFA - 1
WPG
Appleton, Mason
$1,000,000
RW, C
RFA - 2
Left DefenseRight DefenseGoaltender
WPG
Morrissey, Joshua
$6,250,000
LD
UFA - 8
WPG
DeMelo, Dylan
$3,800,000
RD
NTC
UFA - 4
WPG
Hellebuyck, Connor
$6,166,666
G
UFA - 4
WPG
Samberg, Dylan
$925,000
LD
RFA - 3
WPG
Pionk, Neal
$3,000,000
RD
RFA - 1
WPG
Brossoit, Laurent
$1,500,000
G
UFA - 1
WPG
Beaulieu, Nathan
$2,000,000
LD
UFA - 2
WPG
Poolman, Tucker
$775,000
RD
UFA - 1
ScratchesInjured Reserve (IR)Long Term IR (LTIR)
WPG
Perreault, Mathieu
$4,125,000
LW, RW, C
NTC
UFA - 1
WPG
Dahlström, Carl
$850,000
LD
RFA - 1
WPG
Niku, Sami
$1,000,000
RD
RFA - 2

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Aug 10, 2020 at 12:02
#1
Bandwagon fairweathe
Joined: Jun 2018
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I think little is headed for ltir, if laf appears, I think I would bargain shop for a rhd, so they have pionk, DeMelo, poolman, and enter name here, lhd morrissey, niku, and possibly another couple bargains to not rush heinola or samberg. I would be all right with a guy who could play Both sides and warrior beaulieu and dahlstrom. Then heinola or samberg midway through the year. As far as forwards go, I would stand pat and either put wheeler back to the middle if needed or hope that roslovic, copp, Gustafsson and or eakin can fill the role of 2c short term, til they trade laine for a large package next offseason after the expansion draft and possibly at the draft.
Aug 10, 2020 at 12:15
#2
Hey Beter
Joined: Oct 2017
Posts: 3,187
Likes: 1,106
Let's assume Little ends up finishing his career on LTIR, thus freeing up his nigh-$5.3M hit for the Jets.

I think the Jets would be more inclined to bring Stastny back: Vegas is in a tight spot cap-wise and would look to unload him for a reasonable cost. Given that the three-year window Lafreniere is still really, really cost-effective, Winnipeg shouldn't hesitate to burn a few picks that line up in this window. I don't believe in trading any of Connor, Ehlers, or Laine year one: make the small, short-term upgrade in the meantime and allow your superior winger strength and Vezina-goaltending carry the day. Trading - for example - Laine should be for a premiere centerman, and there isn't a realistic one available on the near horizon. Better off keeping the potential 50-goal man and doing your diligence to find a fit.

Any upgrade at LD is going to be preceded by dumping Lowry and Perreault sans retention.

It's an absolute gamble, but Carolina might effectively give Gardiner to the Jets for free. Pairings would likely have to be shuffled a bit: I'd keep Pionk with Morrissey and run Gardiner alongside DeMelo. At a bit of a steeper price, maybe they part with the more expensive Skjei?

Zadorov is a poor-man's option in the top-four, maybe Graves would be the better target out of Colorado. The Bruins should be hesitant to trade Grzelcyk before the expansion draft, but I'd have to believe they'd have substantial interest in Veselainen.

Is there a reality where a 1st-and-3rd offersheet for Sergachev could be considered?
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