The Winnipeg Jets and the Nashville Predators sit tied atop the Central Division with 64 points apiece. Both clubs made big splashes at the trade deadline last season, with Winnipeg bringing in Paul Stastny in exchange for a first-round pick and the Predators acquiring Ryan Hartman for a similar price tag. Could both teams, particularly the Jets, make some more big moves this time around? The TSN Hockey Panel weighs in:
“Both these general managers – David Poile and Kevin Cheveldayoff – once again are ready I think to trade a prime asset for a rental player at this deadline. I asked David Poile this weekend whether he can let himself be affected by what the Winnipeg Jets do. He said ‘No, you have to do your own thing, you can’t react to what other teams around you are doing,’ and yet he did say over the years, there has been a domino effect once he jumps in first before the trade deadline. No question to me will not only both these teams add, but both these teams – Winnipeg and Nashville – will be looking at similar players on the market which makes it even more intriguing because let’s face it, they’re probably going to play again in the second round,” TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun said.
“One player of note, Derick Brassard I think Winnipeg has already kicked the tires on him with the Pittsburgh Penguins. I don’t think they liked what they heard at this point, but it’s early. There’s lots of players the Jets are looking at, he’s one of them,” LeBrun added.
“Derick Brassard was in fact their No. 1 target [at last year’s deadline] and I think the Winnipeg Jets were a little bit disappointed that they didn’t land him last year. Stastny of course ended up being a way better fit and a significant contributor in their playoff run the way that he was able to slot their centres out for them. He gave them tremendous depth. I wonder if they do circle back to Brassard, who obviously hasn’t been a fit there in Pittsburgh,” TSN Hockey Insider Frank Seravalli said.
TSN Hockey Analyst Dave Poulin wonders if there might be some other options out there for the Jets.