Following a second-round departure from the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Winnipeg Jets knew they needed to capitalize on their current core and help dramatically improve the blue line this off-season, which is exactly what the front office has accomplished by acquiring defenseman Nate Schmidt from the Vancouver Canucks.
Just a few days ago, the Winnipeg Jets added some fresh faces to their roster for the upcoming season. Dmitri Rashevsky, a 20-year-old Russian-born winger, was one of these players, selected 146th overall in the fifth round of the 2021 NHL Draft.
The Montreal Canadiens have landed an experienced veteran at a tremendous discount. Coming off a four-year, $16.5M contract with the Winnipeg Jets, forward Mathieu Perreault has settled for a one-year, $950K deal with the Habs, reports TVA’s Renaud Lavoie.
Since the sudden departure of defenseman Dustin Byfuglien, who suffered a high-ankle sprain in 2019 and hasn’t returned to the ice since then, the Winnipeg Jets have been forced to constantly retool their blue line over the last two seasons but it appears they may have finally discovered a solution to this challenging situation.
One day after adding a top-four defenseman to his team’s left side, Winnipeg Jets’ GM Kevin Cheveldayoff added the same to his team’s right side, acquiring Nate Schmidt from the Vancouver Canucks for a third-round 2022 draft pick.
The Winnipeg Jets have already lost one bottom-six forward from their 2021 roster to free agency (Nate Thompson) and two others (Trevor Lewis and Mathieu Perreault) are currently unrestricted free agents.
What a crazy day it has been around the NHL and for the Winnipeg Jets. Today was the first day of free agency and all pending unrestricted free agents hit the open market and were free to sign with any franchise.
Usually, this extremely exciting day happens every offseason on July 1, but Winnipeg Jets supporters had to wait until today for free agency to begin. Due to the 2021 NHL season getting pushed back because of the pandemic, the NHL offseason calendar had to be altered.
During the 2021 NHL Entry Draft, the Winnipeg Jets found themselves with four picks – 18th, 50th, 82nd, and 146th. During the first round, the club chose USHL star forward Chaz Lucius at 18th overall, and in the second round snagged Russian playmaker Nikita Chibirkov at No.
Winnipeg signs its likely backup netminder for 1 more season. The Winnipeg Jets have been quite the busy little bees as of late. Making a flurry of roster moves, the Jets have also extended Eric Comrie for 1 year at $750,000.
Aside from having one of the coolest names I’ve ever seen, Chaz Lucius is quite the unique prospect. Possessing one of the best shots in the entire draft, the Winnipeg Jets were wise to jump on the opportunity to select him, taking him 18th overall in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft.
The Winnipeg Jets have brought back one of their free agents, center Paul Stastny, on a one-year deal worth $3.75 million. This new deal extends Stastny’s second stint with the team, who reacquired the 35-year-old in a trade with the Vegas Golden Knights in Oct.
It’s amazing how things can change over the course of one NHL playoff series. At first, the Winnipeg Jets were being applauded for how well they played collectively to shut down Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl in a four-game sweep over the Edmonton Oilers.