Jets need a trade

- November 7th, 2011

The Jets need a trade.

This team needs to shake things up offensively and there are a few players who look like they could use a change of scenery.

It’s definitely too early to make any panic moves — the Jets have not been a bad team, just inconsistent over the first month of the season — but you can’t be patient forever.

Here are a few players the Jets should consider moving, if there’s any way they can get decent value in return:

C Bryan Little
Little came into training camp saying all the right things but there’s something very wrong with his game. Projected as the first line centre, Little has no goals and just three assists this season, continuing a downward spiral that has existed since he scored 31 goals three years ago in Atlanta. He’s been stuck on 31 goals since then for quite some time. Little is still young and should have some trade value despite his recent struggles.

RW Blake WheelerWheeler has shown some flashes of good play but still hasn’t scored and hasn’t been anywhere near as physical as the Jets need him to be. He’s already been relagated to fourth-line minutes on many nights. Wheeler looked poised for a breakout season after he posted 17 points in 23 games with the Thrashers last season, but he’s taken a big step back. With Eric Fehr returning to the lineup soon, the Jets are going to have an abundance of right wingers, and Wheeler may have some decent trade value.

D Dustin Byfuglien
It would be difficult for the Jets to trade Big Buff for a variety of reasons. He hasn’t played very well this season, but has potential to be the kind of difference maker they need. Also, he makes $5.2 million per year and has a long-term contract, which most teams would shy away from. It would be great if the Jets could just snap their fingers and deal Byfuglien for a top-line forward, but the NHL doesn’t work that way any more. Don’t see it happening, but if he keeps playing the way he has lately, the Jets will have to at least consider the possibility at some point this season. Byfuglien also has a modified No Trade Clause, in which he can submit a five-team no-trade list each year.

D Ron Hainsey

Hainsey played well for the Jets until he got hurt and they’ll be happy to get him back in the lineup. However, Hainsey’s the kind of veteran defenceman a lot of teams could use and it might make sense for the Jets to deal him for forward who can contribute some offence. The Jets have tons of blue-line depth so it makes sense to deal from there. Hainsey makes $4.5 million this year and next and has a No Trade Clause by which he can submit a list of 15 teams he will accept a trade to. Those factors could make him difficult to move.

C Nik Antropov
His contract is for $4 million a year and he has this year and next left on the deal. Antropov has played well and is the Jets leading scorer, but he could be shopped at the trade deadline if the Jets are sellers. Antropov has a modified No Trade Clause.

D Johhny Oduya

Another player who could be moved at the trade deadline or sooner. Oduya is a serviceable defenceman with skills at both ends of the ice, but he’s an unrestricted free agent after this season. The Jets will have to consider moving him if they are out of playoff contention.

G Chris Mason
Mason’s a solid backup and would be on any team, which is why the Jets could move the UFA-to-be. Again, nothing is likely to be done until the Jets establish whether or not they are going to be playoff contenders.

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  1. HockeyPro says:

    Package Cormier in because he deserves to play in the NHL. Lots of teams would love to have him.

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