The window for the Winnipeg Jets to not win a Stanley Cup opened way back in when they arrived as a World Hockey Association merger club and stayed open for 35 years. And you want to try to keep it together as long as possible.
Signing Wheeler, who will be 33
Who is mia st john hookup divas christmas he embarks upon this five-year deal, is something this fiscally prudent, risk averse team might not have done a Who Who is mia st john hookup divas christmas mia st john hookup divas christmas years ago. Or the fact he sits seventh in assists over the past five seasons among all NHL players.
There have been times when players like Wheeler have parlayed success in Winnipeg into contracts elsewhere around the NHL.
Those times, at least in the near term, are gone. Hopefully, we are getting to the point now where we can be a contending team year-in and year-out. To be able to be locked into those years is really exciting. Wheeler is the definition of a player who makes the players him better, through both leadership and production.
And with the young crew coming up underneath, to have his kind of leadership married with a player who just had his best NHL season is a luxury the Jets cannot afford to let go. Then he must solve Kyle Connor, whose contract next season could be a bear if Connor puts up another goal season.
After that, the contracts of defencemen Jacob Trouba and Tyler Myers expire after this season. Meanwhile, RFA defenceman Josh Morrissey — a very important part of the program in Winnipeg — remains without a contract as we speak. The goal is to have all those young players grow into weapons, but the inherent problem is the direct relationship between how well you build and how hard it becomes to afford everyone, which is where Cheveldayoff finds himself today. Today, they are paying the price of success.
It will all be worth it, if this project delivers on a Stanley Cup in the next year or two. Jets face new set of challenges with Stanley Cup window officially open. Mark Spector sportsnetspec September 4,5: It truly is unfair. How Blake Wheeler impacts Jets' looming cap crunch. Jets coach Paul Maurice on what makes Wheeler a great captain.
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