The Winnipeg Jets have more than a handful of free agents to make decisions on this offseason, with five of those players being forwards that finished the season with the team but are unrestricted free agents this summer. One of the most puzzling players in this group is Kyle Wellwood, who followed up a promising 2011-12 season by barely contributing on the offensive end of the ice during the 2013 season.
The Jets showed they are only a piece or two away from being a fringe playoff contender, and they certainly can’t let underperforming veterans hold down roster spots. Wellwood has been heavily criticized during stints with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Vancouver Canucks, and his performance this season won’t have playoff-hungry Jets fans begging for him to re-sign. Wellwood scored 18 goals and had 47 points for the Jets during the 2011-12 campaign, which tied his career-high in goals and set a career-high in points. That makes it that much more troubling that he managed just three goals and nine points in 39 games this season, and as a result the Jets would be wise to part ways with him.
The Jets should be more concerned with securing the services of Alexander Burmistrov and Blake Wheeler long-term, though they will also need to make decisions regarding Nik Antropov, Bryan Little, Antti Miettinen and others. Their roster could look quite different up front by the time the season starts, but that change may end up being for the better. Wellwood did little to help the team this season, and as a result the Jets would be wise to not bring him back.