Stafford finished with nine goals and 10 assists in 26 games for the Jets, an 82-game pace of 28 goals and 32 assists. Even in a limited sample, it reminded everyone that Stafford once scored 31 goals in 62 games for the Sabres.
Still, there are those who think the Jets should move on, perhaps in favor of top prospect Nikolaj Ehlers. Winnipeg also has to be mindful of its spending, considering Dustin Byfuglien and Andrew Ladd can become unrestricted free agents next summer.
Which takes us nicely into these tweets, from Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman:
Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff said he will meet with the agents for his pending UFAs in Florida. Also said he's reached out to…
When you think of the Winnipeg Jets, Jim Slater likely doesn’t come to mind. Heck, track pants might come up in your head sooner than his name.
Even so, he’s the longest tenured member of the team, as his days stretch back to the 2005-06 season when the Jets were the Atlanta Thrashers. The unrestricted free agent isn’t sure if his run will come to an end this offseason, as he told the Winnipeg Sun that not a whole lot is happening in general regarding contract talks.
“For me, things haven’t picked up right now,” Slater said last week. “Most teams are waiting for the draft to see and Winnipeg is no different. After the draft and with that window on June 25, we can start talking to other teams. Hopefully on July 1, I’ll have a contract and be playing in the NHL for another couple of years.”
The 32-year-old managed to play a career-high 82 games in the regular season and also appeared in every game during Winnipeg’s “close sweep” at the hands of the Anaheim Ducks.
Despite being a first-rounder (30th overall in 2002), Slater seems like an energy guy at best at the NHL level.
His efforts have likely been appreciated by the Jets franchise, yet it wouldn’t be outrageous to imagine them moving on in 2015-16. We’ll likely find out around July either way.
Kris Versteeg says that Patrick Kane would be heartbroken if his injury is long-term. He seems heartbroken himself:
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Jets rookie Michael Hutchinson made 29 saves for his second career shutout and Blake Wheeler scored the game winner as Winnipeg blanked Columbus 4-0 Wednesday night.
The win extends the Jets’ win streak to five games. Winnipeg is 6-0-1 in its’ last seven heading into the NHL all star break.
Evander Kane, Jim Slater and Chris Thorburn had the other Jets’ goals.
The loss was a costly one for Columbus.
Sergei Bobrovsky, who was slated to take part in the all star game this weekend, left the game in the second period with a lower body injury. the club says he is day-to-day and expected to undergo an MRI on Thursday.
Bobrovsky allowed three goals on 12 shots before leaving the game.
Curtis McElhinney made 16 saves in relief.
The Jackets also lost forward Jeremy Morin to an upper-body injury in the second period.
Winnipeg won the only other meeting between the two clubs 4-2 on Nov. 25 in Columbus.