Are the Winnipeg Jets planning to trade Dustin Byfuglien? Will the Senators buy out Colin Greening? Read on for the latest.
What will the Jets do with Byfuglien?
SI.COM: Allan Muir took note of recent blogosphere speculation suggesting the Winnipeg Jets might be ready to trade veteran defenseman Dustin Byfuglien. He notes the Jets are currently in fine salary-cap shape, but it could be a different story next season with Byfuglien and Andrew Ladd eligible for UFA status, plus Mark Scheifele, Jacob Trouba and Adam Lowry due to become restricted free agents.
Still, it might make sense for Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff to listen to offers for Byfuglien now. With Trouba and Tyler Myers playing the right side, replacing Byfuglien would be easier than the other potential FAs. Muir notes the Boston Bruins were at the center of the recent Byfuglien speculation, and also suggests the Detroit Red Wings and Anaheim Ducks as potential suitors.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cheveldayoff could trade Byfuglien this summer, but there’s no pressure to make that move now. Even if it appears unlikely they’ll re-sign “Big Buff” before next summer, they’ll still retain him for next season as he’ll improve their chances of reaching the playoffs again. His presence also buys time for Myers to settle into his first full season with the Jets, as well as allowing Trouba another year to develop.
However, if the Jets are out of postseason contention by the trade deadline (Possibly Feb 29. I’m still seeking confirmation on that), I certainly believe they’ll try moving Byfuglien by then. If so, he’ll definitely attract lots of interest around the league. The Bruins could be in on it, and perhaps the Wings, though that’ll depend upon how well Mike Green performs. I’m not convinced the Ducks will have interest. They seem set with their young defense corps, which includes Sami Vatanen, Hampus Lindholm and Simon Despres, who’ll be RFAs next summer and will be in line for significant raises.
No buyout for Greening.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports Senators assistant GM Pierre Dorion said his club won’t be using its 48-hour buyout window to remove winger Colin Greening from their roster. One reason, according to Dorion, is Greening’s salary is “about $10,000″ shy of the average salary that is allowed for a buyout under the window in the collective bargaining agreement.” Garrioch claims management will continue shopping around to find any takers for Greening and his $2.65 million cap hit.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Sens have been shopping Greening for nearly a year. Perhaps a window of opportunity will emerged during training camp or preseason.