WINNIPEG – Trotz Mania is getting hot in Keystone County, but the competition from Barry Trotz could include a few more teams with a trio of Game 7 set on Saturday night.
Regardless of which other teams are considering a major training change, the Winnipeg Jets will be among the suitors when Dauphin, Man’s pride begins. , in considering his options, a process expected to get hotter early next week.
The list of tasks that Jets General Manager Kevin Cheveldayoff must do is long and there are a number of pivotal priorities he will attempt to achieve, but the majority of employee decisions will be made after filling the vacant Head of Training position.
Trotz jumped to the front of the line earlier this week as New York Islanders made him a free agent after handing him a pink slip.
If Trotz wanted to train in his home county, the Jets would find a way to earn dollars and a working term, even if the amount exceeded $4 million per season.
And if Trotz eventually decides he can use an outlet or wants to move into a management role, a number of other candidates will emerge One of those is Lynne Lambert, who has been with Trotz for over a decade and is sure to be in a mix of the many other jobs already available.
Here are four other issues the Jets will have to solve over the coming weeks and months, leading up to the 2022 NHL Draft in Montreal in July and beyond:
Find out what to do with Mark Shefel
Gates’ first-line position has already been under the microscope due to his playing this season and his situation has only been amplified by what he told reporters when he spoke for the first time since sustaining a shoulder injury on April 10.
Shifley made it clear that he needed to hear a few things in his exit meeting about the direction the planes were going before making a decision about his future.
The seventh overall pick in the 2011 NHL Draft is under contract for another two seasons with a maximum limit of $6.125 million and has produced more than a point-per-game pace in each of the past six campaigns, so it will be required if the two sides cannot find common ground. Although Elliott Friedman reported on Saturday that Schevel did not claim the trade.
Could a veteran coach like Trotz – if he decides to come to Winnipeg – Will you be able to take out the best two-way game of Scheifele and save the situation?
Even if that’s not possible, the planes aren’t about to go into the rebuilding phase, so they’ll tread carefully here and won’t be in a hurry to move the Scheifele unless they can secure a high-quality package in return.
Pierre-Luc Dubois has signed a long-term deal
Dubois has enjoyed an impressive rebounding season, mainly bolstering his words from training camp that he will return to being the player he was before he arrived in Winnipeg in Patrick Lane’s Jack Roslovich.
Dubois hit a career high with 28 goals and his 60 points represent the second highest total (he had 61 in 2018-19) he produced in five full seasons in the NHL.
His level of involvement stands out as someone who has been among the league leaders in penalty shootouts and penalties execution, and he also brings an element that the Jets didn’t have enough of when it came to his raw power and strength.
Dubois generates a slew of scoring opportunities with equal power to line up with the 15 powerhouses on the leading team this season (for example, goal leader Kyle Connor had eight of his 47 with the man advantage).
Yes, there was a time during the extended run where Dubois was limited to one goal in 13 games (he added six assists in that time frame) but it is fair to note that he has yet to hit his goal-scoring limit. And he could be someone who reaches, or at least flirts, with a 30-goal score for years to come.
Because of that, he will receive a raise of $5 million AAV and $6.65 million of his salary as a suspended restricted free agent.
If the Jets and Dubois can’t find common ground for a long-term deal, he’ll likely get a one-year deal – Since it is very unlikely that the organization will go with a two-year bridge that will take it directly to unrestricted free agency.
Having a decent chance for Team Canada at the IIHF Men’s World Hockey Championship and serving as a substitute captain (along with fellow Jets teammate Adam Lowery) is a great way for Dubois to finish the season.
Once he has had some time to detach and unpack the campaign, negotiations are expected to heat up and it would be great to see if Dubois becomes the latest core member to commit for the long term, or if he’d prefer to consider going to arbitration or a one-year contract.
Given the price the Jets paid to bring in Dubois to save a one-to-two punch in the middle, this decision could influence which direction the Jets decide to go with Scheifele as well.
Make room at the back end
The future of rear-end configuration has always been a question over the past several seasons, but the shift in the narrative is that the planes have gone from shortage to surplus in no time.
Sheffielddef believes he solved the biggest aircraft problem last summer by bringing in veterans Nate Schmidt and Brenden Dillon to stabilize the Defense Corps.
The fact that both Schmidt and Dillon had several years left on their deals meant this was more than just a Band-Aid solution, but the Jets’ ability to defend didn’t develop into a strong – Although that’s not all on the D-men.
Josh Morrissey has had a stellar season and isn’t going anywhere, while Neil Bionic has expressed his displeasure at his own game – Saying he was “embarrassed” when he looked in the mirror and didn’t think he played the best hockey game. He appears to be a strong candidate for a rebound, especially after he was the Jets’ best blue streak in each of the previous two seasons.
When you think about the appearances of Dylan Samberg, Phil Heinola, Johnny Kovacevich, Declan Chisholm, and Leon Gawanke on the Manitoba moose, it would be a surprise if at least one veteran, and probably two, is on the move this summer. Whether as part of a larger deal involving Scheifele or in separate forward depth improvement trades.
Bring back Eric Comry
The position of the reserve goalkeeper has been a question mark coming this season, but Eric Comrie allayed those concerns by entering the role and performing at a high level, despite his limited workload and having to go long distances between starts.
Sure, that’s part of the job description when a team has a factor like Connor Hellebuyck, but Comrie rewarded the confidence the organization had shown by going 10-5-1 with 2.58 goals against average and 0.920 savings in 16 starts (and 19 appearances) .
Comrie has shown he’s ready to increase his workload to the 20-plus starting range next season, provided the Jets are able to sign him this off-season after he became an unrestricted free agent in Group 6.
Moss goalkeeper Mikhail Berden is no longer exempt from compromise and is on a one-way contract next season, while the Jets added extra depth between the tubes earlier this month by signing Finnish goalkeeper Oskar Salminen to a two-year, entry-level deal. After a fantastic season in Liiga, where he scored nine lockouts.
Other options may be available to Comrie, but given his comfort level with Hellebuyck and goalkeeper coach Wade Flaherty, along with the magical tour of mystery he endured as he bounced between deals and concession claims that made him part of three other organizations, one could understand whether he chose Second Driver of the Year 2013 Stay – Provided the planes make him worth his time with a modest raise.