Winnipeg Jets defenseman Ron Hainsey is set to become an unrestricted free agent come this July. Hainsey signed his current contract, five years at $22.5 million, with the Atlanta Thrashers back in July 2008.
He is an elite offensive defenseman who established himself during his time playing with the Columbus Blue Jackets. With the Jets developing their young blueline, there may no longer be a place on the roster for Hainsey. Reports are that he will be testing free agency come July as there have not been any negotiations between him and Winnipeg on extending his current contract.
Hainsey should have no problem finding a new team to play for as there are quite a few teams that are looking to add a veteran defenseman to their blueline; the Philadelphia Flyers being one such team who had targeted Hainsey earlier this season at this past NHL trade deadline. Other teams possibly interested could be the Detroit Red Wings and Carolina Hurricanes. His age and production could be a factor, though. This past season, in the 47 games Hainsey played with the Jets this season, he tallied 13 points (all assists), which is than his best season with the Thrashers with 39 points (6G, 33A) in 81 games played back in the 2008-09 season.
With word that there have not been any talks between Hainsey and the Jets, it would appear that he will not return to the organization next season.