What will Chevy do?

- February 27th, 2012

Chances are pretty good that it’s going to be a quiet day on the trade front at MTS Centre, which is a tad surprising considering two Canadian teams are in town.

The Winnipeg Jets host the Edmonton Oilers this evening, but folks around the hockey world are waiting anxiously to see if any big moves are going to be made around the league.

The NHL trade deadline is 2 p.m. CT on Monday and there have been a grand total of zero trades so far this morning as we approach 9 a.m.

If you missed it, here’s my Jets trade deadline primer and a look at who might get called up from St. John’s IceCaps should a spot or two open up on the roster:

http://www.winnipegsun.com/2012/02/27/jets-short-on-commodities

There’s no way of telling what the Jets are going to do today, but if we had to guess (and what else are we going to do while waiting for a deal to be made) we see the Jets making a few minor deals today.

Management has been clear from the beginning that they will take a patient approach and not jeopardize the future for a potential quick fix.

The guy most likely to be moved is D-man Johnny Oduya, simply because he carries the most value among players believed to be available. He’s been doing a nice job throughout the season and played a great deal of Top-4 minutes but he’s probably best suited on a third pairing of a team that’s a Stanley Cup contender.

The asking price will be somewhere around a second-round pick for Oduya, perhaps a bit higher, depending on the interest.

The Jets are in no rush to move him, however, with a salary of $4 million this season and a cap hit of $3.5 million (with an expiring contract and pending UFA status coming on July 1), it’s hard to imagine him re-signing.

The New York Rangers, Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks are among the teams who could be kicking the tires on Oduya.

Fellow blue-liner Randy Jones is another guy who could be on the move. He’s played well of late, filling in admirably as Zach Bogosian was out of the lineup, but with Mark Flood in reserve the Jets would probably be comfortable moving Jones for a pick.

Forward Kyle Wellwood might be attracting some interest as well, but we expect him finishing out the year here and could be a guy the Jets try to re-sign.

The chances of a blockbuster appear minimal at this stage. The Jets are playing well and the mix seems to be good in the room. The stretch drive should be very interesting and with 18 games left, the Jets find themselves in eighth place and truly believe they have what it takes to qualify for the playoffs.

Since the Jets gave up an ECHL player and a fourth-rounder to the Washington Capitals to get Eric Fehr this summer, look for them to try and pick up at least one draft pick today.

Everybody is looking for scoring, but if the Jets do make a move to bring somebody in, don’t be surprised to see them bring in an energy guy who could spark the fourth line.

A guy like Dallas Stars forward Adam Burish would make sense on a lot of levels.

The Stars say they won’t be sellers, so it’s not likely to occur but Burish is a fourth line guy who won a Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks (when Cheveldayoff was assistant GM there) and certainly passes the character test.

Burish is a pending UFA on July 1, but the type of player who could come at a reasonable price and fill an important role.

We’ll explore a few more other names later in the day.

Don’t forget to check out the QMI Agency trade deadline live blog right here:

http://www.winnipegsun.com/2012/02/24/live-nhl-trade-deadline-chat

I’ll be hosting the live blog between 11 am and 1 pm. Send your questions in and we’ll do our best to provide answers.

Once the deadline has passed, we’ll get you ready for the Jets game with the Oilers.

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