Could the Jets be buyers this summer, and could they re-sign Eric Fehr? Should the Leafs trade Phil Kessel or Jake Gardiner?
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Gary Lawless recently reported Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff’s cautious approach in last summer’s free agent market has left the club well-positioned to become “buyers” this summer,depending upon the market and the quality of the players available.
WINNIPEG SUN: Ken Wiebe recently reported Jets struggling forward Eric Fehr, a restricted free agent this summer, may be running out of chances to earn a new contract with the Jets.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cheveldayoff’s focus will be upon re-signing RFAs Ondrej Pavelec and Evander Kane, and perhaps UFAs Chris Mason, Kyle Wellwood and Tanner Glass. With over $36 million invested in 13 players, the Jets GM is well-positioned to re-sign his key players and still have cap space to bolster his lineup via trades or free agency. He could be a buyer, but unless he’s willing to up his payroll substantially for next season, he might be content to add second-tier talent. As for Fehr, I daresay he’ll end up being signed by another club, as things just didn’t work out as hoped for him.
TORONTO SUN: Terry Koshan listed five things Leafs GM Brian Burke should think twice about, like trading Phil Kessel, packaging Jake Gardiner to get Rick Nash, maintaining the status quo in goal, or overspending in the free agent market.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Three of those four are easy to do. Given the lack of quality depth in this summer’s UFA market for goalies, and the potentially high cost of landing an upgrade via trade, maintaining the status quo in goal could be a realistic possibility.