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The Jets had to make many difficult decisions over the offseason. Ultimately, I feel Chevy did a great job allowing guy Meyers to walk for a massive overpayment, and Trouba brought a great return. Many were obsiously upset with how the Buff situation went down, and I was too. Hindsight being 20/20, it's far better that Buff waited out the Trouba deal, or the Jets would have an 8M AAV hit, no Heinola, no Pionk, and more difficult decisions to make with this unprecedented Cap crunch.

So let me start by selecting the players that really did not impress me one bit this season, who I would consider free to leave. Shore, Shaw, Borque, Bitetto, Beaulieu. I truly feel that their age, and play both left nothing to be desired. Many would not crack the roster on other NHL clubs.

Player I would like to retain, but only if the price is right would be (term and AAV):
Raslovic (3 years 3.25M AAV)
Kulikov (1 year 2M AAV)
Sbisa (2 years 1.75M AAV)
DeMelo (2 years 2.5M AAV)
Appleton (2 years 1.5M AAV)
Eakin (2 years 3M AAV)
Brossoit (1 year 1.25M AAV)

This provides the Jets with 11 rostered forwards (assuming Little remains LTIR), and a 7 man D roster totaling just under 76M. Feel free to comment what your thoughts are on the guys who stay/go and their potential contracts
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July 18, 2020 10:36 PM ET | Delete
Demelo probably the best to keep.
July 20, 2020 8:46 PM ET | Delete
Karptaan, yes Demelo would be a great guy to retain if the price is right. Sometimes having a player who you rarely notice can be a good thing. He is a solid stay at home D who gives offensive D the ability to take risks. I feel Raslovic is very important going forward as well. The Jets have built 3 lethal lines, and having him behind Wheels and Laine is depth at its finest, especially if Wheels is injured/moved to C, or Laine in injured. Jets are displaying that you can compete with a lowbudget D core. I believe other teams will have to follow this model with the impending Covid Cap Crunch
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August 10, 2020 4:20 PM ET | Delete
Of the players you listed, Roslovic and DeMelo should be the prime targets, while Eakin and Appleton are tier 2, IMO. I think they should let Brossoit go and give Comrie a chance in the back up role. All the rest are free to go unless they love WPG and come very cheap.
August 13, 2020 12:00 AM ET | Delete
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August 19, 2020 1:38 PM ET | Delete
We have to keep DeMelo and Rosco... I didn't mind Beaulieu and Sbisa. If we learned anything from this past season, having some backup D isn't a bad thing.As far as the rest, I thank them for their time in Winnipeg
August 28, 2020 10:51 AM ET | Delete
Eakin, Sbiza, Kuli can all please leave. id give Demelo 4 years and even pay more than what you said. all else is good
August 31, 2020 5:00 PM ET | Delete
Eakin was solid as a 3C with PK responsibilities. I just fear that the depth at C is dismal. I am a strong believer that Raslovic needs to be 2C, until a trade is made. He was excellent with the Moose in that role and has not given me any reason to doubt his capabilities in the NHL. I like Sbisa, and think he brings a lot to the table for 1M. His size, speed, physicality all make him a good bottom pairing D. As for Kulikov, he was mediocre this season. He is getting older and ideally we would move on, but new options would need to be found. Edmonson would be an ideal target in the offseason. Only time will tell.
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