It is no surprise that Chevy has targeted a #2C the past two trade deadlines. Statsny in 2017 was clutch with 15 points in 17 games, aiding the Jets to a fantastic playoff run. This took the pressure off of Little, who was better fitted to the 3C role. While Chevy attempted to re-sign Statsny, they fell short to the bold offer made by the Golden Knights.
Move to the 2018 Trade Deadline, Jets ship out another 1st round selection to the New York Ranger in exchange for their upcoming 1st, and 5th round selections in the 2018 Draft. A stiff price to pay, and another display in the confidence level regarding Little as 2C. This payment was made even more painful with the 3 points in 6 playoff games, followed by a 7 year deal inked in Philly. While the Jets were unlikely to offer anything near the 7 year, $50M deal, it was disappointing to watch another 2C walk away with nothing to show. The silver lining was that Trouba recovered that 1st round pick, and Pionk has been a pleasant surprise in Trouba's absence.
Now in 2019, same song and dance. Chevy needs a 2C, and now Little is on the LTIR after that devastating shot perforated his eardrum, and had other lasting effects as well. Once again, Wheeler is pulled from the RW, and placed on 2C, showing more lack of confidence withing the Jets organization. I would hate to see another 1st round selection spent on a rental. So what are the best trade targets for the Jets?
My favourite target would be Tyler Johnson. Tampa is in an absolute Cap-Crunch, with 8.05M cap space to ink 4 UFA's including Maroon and Shattenkirk, and 6 RFA's including Sergachev. The numbers do not seem to add up unless a massive cap hike is implemented next season. Johnson 4 more seasons at 5M AAV after this year, remains over 0.5ppg in a 3C role, and 0.75ppg in playoffs over his career. He has been the definition of consistant, and we all know how much Laine likes taking passes from right-handed passers (Wheeler/Pionk).
What would it cost?
I feel our most underused forward is Perreault, and I don't blame him. With Ehlers and Connor playing at such a high LW level, he is forced to play a bottom six role, much like Johnson in Tampa. So, given Tampa's Cap predicament, the Jets could retain a small amount of Perreault's cap (275k AAV) to make his cap hit an attractive 3.85M AAV, while just having next year on the books. This would free up some cap space for them down the road, and hopefully give the Jets that 2C they desperately need, and continually hemorrhage 1st round selections to temporarily acquire. A 3rd rd selection may still be required on Wpg's end, but at least it has the potential to be a longer term solution.
What are your thoughts? And I am open to any other trade recommendations you all may have.