Beyond The Benches

Top 5 Offseason Moves For The Winnipeg Jets

The Winnipeg Jets made the playoffs for the first time since returning to Winnipeg in 2011. It was a huge step in the right direction and the team is in a great position to add talent and get better. So here are the top 5 offseason moves Winnipeg should look into making.

5. Try to extend Dustin Byfuglien

This is obviously not a pressing need since Byfuglien is under contract for next year but if you can sign him to a two or three year extension, it will lock him up for till he is 36. He is their best offensive defensemen.

4. Add a veteran defensemen

Adding a veteran defensemen to the top six bolsters the depth and is never a bad thing. It will be interesting to the the price tag for guys like Christian Ehrhoff and Mike Green. If they can get either of these guys for the right price you do it.

3. Create a bottom six mixed with skill and toughness

The ability to have all four lines play and compete is a crucial element of creating a championship team. The Jets have a lot of their bottom six guys heading to free agency and it gives them the opportunity to form a bottom six with some skill and some toughness.

2. Introduce a couple of your prospects to the mix

Guys like Nikolaj Ehlers and Josh Morrissey should get a chance to make the team out of training camp. If they deserve it, they should be integrated into the lineup. They are the future of this team and will help in the development of building a championship team.

1. Add two top six forwards

This team has a ton of cap space this summer, they need to add some top of the lineup talent to an already good core. If they add guys who also have some playoff experience it will help create a good blend and help in the progression of this young talented team


Writer: Sean Cahill is an Assignment Editor at ABC 6 In Providence, RI. A New England native, Sean is a huge fan of everything hockey, especially the Boston Bruins. He is also part of a radio show, The Sports Exchange, on Sunday nights. He can be reached on Twitter @CahillSean33.