Winnipeg Jets Could Use Trade To Improve Playoff Chances

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It is the point of critical mass in the NHL right now with the regular season nearing its conclusion and the trade deadline being on Wednesday. The Winnipeg Jets have become a team that could be a high seed in the playoffs just by winning the Southeast Division. The Jets have had trouble all season in many different categories and need to make some moves before the deadline hits.

The emergence of players like Blake Wheeler and Evander Kane has helped greatly along with a career season from Andrew Ladd, but it isn’t enough. Winnipeg is only one game over the .500 mark at 18-17-2 but still has first place because of a weak division. I’m not positive who can help this Jets team out though. The travel Winnipeg is dealing with could also be to blame for a lot of problems, but that can’t be an excuse. The goaltending is solid with Ondrej Pavelec, but he needs to be better.

I’m not sure what the plan is for the Jets this season, but there has to be something that they can do to be better overall. Winnipeg could be squandering a great chance to regain their fan base entirely or just the ones who haven’t come back to the arena. I bet the Jets want a playoff berth and want that No. 3 seed for winning the division, but they have to make at least one trade for an offensive force. I also wouldn’t be surprised if the Jets went after a goalie along the way as well. It is a very fine line that Winnipeg is walking on.

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