A look at possible trade targets for the Minnesota Wild and Winnipeg Jets.
TWINCITIES.COM: Tom Powers believes the Minnesota Wild are lacking emotional stability. He calls for Wild management to pursue New Jersey Devils winger Jaromir Jagr, considering Jagr a “powerful, positive force” who might be looking for one more challenge and won’t cost much to acquire.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: While Jagr lacks a no-trade clause, Devils GM Lou Lamoriello could leave it up to Jagr where he wants to go, and that could be to a team which is a legitimate playoff club rather than a bubble team.
WINNIPEG SUN: Ken Wiebe looks at several possible trade targets for the Winnipeg Jets to address their roster needs as they gear up for the remainder of the season. Wiebe believes GM Kevin Cheveldayoff is unlikely to pursue a high-priced player and could instead attempt to bolster his bottom-six forwards. Cheveldayoff could draw upon his blue line depth for trade bait, as he’s now carrying nine healthy defensemen. Trade options could include Columbus’ Matt Calvert, Edmonton’s Matt Hendricks, Toronto’s Mike Santorelli and Daniel Winnik and Buffalo’s Torrey Mitchell.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cheveldayoff has monumental patience so I’ll be very surprised if he makes a move in the next week or two. I think he’ll wait and see how his team performs between now and the end of February and then determine his best move. He won’t have to overpay to land any of those players Wiebe listed. Grant Clitsome, Adam Pardy or Jay Harrison could be used as trade bait to bolster his checking lines. One thing is certain, the Jets aren’t shopping Dustin Byfuglien or Evander Kane. They’re a playoff contender now and won’t be moving those two.