Latest on the contract statuses of Jets’ Andrew Ladd and Dustin Byfuglien, plus updated UFA and PTO lists. 

Nothing new on Ladd and Byfuglien.

Will the Jets re-sign Andrew Ladd and Dustin Byfuglien?

Will the Jets re-sign Andrew Ladd and Dustin Byfuglien?

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS/WINNIPEG SUN: reports Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff claims he has nothing new regarding the respective contract statuses of left wing Andrew Ladd and defenseman Dustin Byfuglien, who are eligible next summer for unrestricted free agency. Cheveldayoff assures Jets fans re-signing the duo is his priority. He also said he’s had no contract talks with former Jets Jim Slater, Lee Stempniak and Jiri Tlusty.

ESPN.COM: In his Central Division preview, Scott Burnside ponders what Cheveldayoff will do with Ladd and Byfuglien, focusing more on the latter. Burnside wonders if the Jets have enough cap room to pay Byfuglien a big salary (he’ll earn $6 million this season) with Tyler Myers, Jacob Trouba and Ben Chiarot forming a nice nucleus for the future. He also wonders how much it would cost the Jets in term and salary to retain Big Buff, speculating on perhaps trading him for more scoring, particularly at left wing. Burnside speculates Ladd, who’s earning $4.5 million this season, will be easier to retain.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: As I’ve stated before, when it comes down to choosing between Ladd and Byfuglien, I believe the Jets will go with the former. Letting Ladd walk while re-signing Byfuglien means losing an experienced top-line left wing and leader. Given the Jets depth at defense, Ladd’s affordability compared to Byfuglien and the need to re-sign RFAs like Trouba and Mark Scheifele, I believe this is Byfuglien’s last season with the Jets. They could trade him at some point, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s retained for another run at a playoff berth, even at the risk of losing him to free agency next July.

Updated UFA and PTO lists.

TSN.CA: Frank Seravalli lists right wing Jiri Tlusty, defenseman Marek Zidlicky, right wing Lee Stempniak and left wing Sean Bergenheim among the notable UFAs still available. He also provides the following list of players on professional tryout contracts, noting these players are still considered UFAs and can sign with any club they wish. Add Brad Boyes to this list, as he recently signed a PTO with the Toronto Maple Leafs:

Sergei Gonchar (Pittsburgh)
Scottie Upshall (St. Louis)
David Booth (Florida)
Scott Gomez (St. Louis)
Curtis Glencross (Toronto)
Ray Emery (Tampa Bay)
Keith Aulie (Arizona)
Tom Sestito (Pittsburgh)
Matt Carkner (N.Y. Islanders)
Ryan Wilson (Calgary)
Steve Bernier (N.Y. Islanders)
Jonas Gustavsson (Boston)
Rob Schremp (Florida/AHL)
Peter Budaj (Los Angeles)
Brett Bellemore (N.Y. Rangers)
James Sheppard (Columbus)
Ryan Martindale (Tampa Bay)
David Leggio (Winnipeg)
Eriah Hayes (St. Louis)
Eric Boulton (N.Y. Islanders)
Devin Setoguchi (Toronto)