It’s time for another edition of NHL rumours for the middle of the week. We’re into the month of November and roster moves might be more likely to happen. Some teams would like to clear out some logjams in their lineup. They’d also like to free up some of the cap space they’ve accrued. One team that could make a move is the Winnipeg Jets and their defencemen. Players like Ville Heinola or Declan Chisholm seem to be lost in the shuffle and could be dealt. Today’s NHL rumours focus on the Winnipeg Jets defencemen situation.
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Winnipeg Jets Defencemen Could Be Dealt
The recent edition of the 32 Thoughts podcast speculated on what the Jets may do with their defensive situation. Winnipeg has a glut of defenders and teams have been asking general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff about a couple of names. Players like Heinola and Chisholm have the potential to crack an NHL lineup but are stuck in AHL Manitoba.
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— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) October 31, 2022
Friedman said the Jets wouldn’t make a move just to make one. They’ll try to find the right deal for one of their talented young blueliners. Teams are always looking for talented defenders and the Jets are in a position of power.
There are a lot of players that would like to play more, but there aren’t enough roster spots. Jets management will do all it can to accommodate deals but have to do what’s best for the club. However, the Jets logjam might benefit them in the long run.
What it Means
The injury to Logan Stanley does put a hold on a possible move. In a recent game, Stanley got hurt by blocking a shot against the St. Louis Blues. However, Cheveldayoff would pull the trigger on a deal if the price is right.
This is a pivotal season for Winnipeg as they may rebuild the roster if they don’t get into the Stanley Cup Playoffs. However, dealing one of these defencemen may give them some more tools for a postseason push.
Just 109 days later… 😳
Congrats to Ville Heinola on scoring his first NHL goal in Tuesday’s @NHLJets win! pic.twitter.com/XIVCC9FHtY
— NHLPA (@NHLPA) October 9, 2019