The Winnipeg Jets’ struggles on the back end were just getting started this summer when they lost Jacob Trouba, Tyler Ennis and Ben Chariot. It got more complicated when the saga with veteran blue liner Dustin Byfuglien started back at training camp and it seems to be no different heading into the trade deadline.
According to Darren Dreger, the Jets and general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff are after a top-four defenseman on the trade market and they are facing quite the challenge as he explained on Insider Trading on TSN:
“Well challenges are nothing new to Kevin Cheveldayoff and the Winnipeg Jets. I mean if you look at this season and you go back to the off-season he’s faced nothing but challenges. But most definitely the Jets are in the market for a specific top-four defenseman. Now it could be a rental player. It could be a player with some term. They’re not ruling out anything at this point but it does get complicated when you look at some of the scenarios that hover around the organization.”
Dreger explained how the uncertain return of Byfuglien could make a difference in the Jets’ trade plans in the coming month.
“You still have the Dustin Byfuglien scenario, that has not been rectified yet. You’ve got the injury front which includes Adam Lowry and Bryan Little both long-term. If Little comes back into the mix with the Jets then Cheveldayoff may have to use one of his current roster players to acquire that top four piece on the blue line.”
The coming weeks will be telling in what the Jets will decide to do to get ready for the postseason. We will have to see if the trade market or Big Buff will be the solution on the back end in Winnipeg.