The Winnipeg Jets were always going to face the adverse effects of getting free agents to come all the way out to Winnipeg — an hour north of North Dakota. Let’s face it, that was just there lot upon moving from Atlanta up to Saskatchewan.
So the Jets are making the most of it in free agent hunt, so far this offseason doing very little in that specific regard. First-rounder Alexander Burmistrov has left for the KHL after being selected by the Jets in 2010, and despite the positive spin who knows when or if he’ll return.
“Through our conversations and correspondence with Alex and his agent, it became apparent Alex had a desire to continue his development as a young player in the KHL,” Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff said in a statement on the team website. “He remains a very talented player within the Jets organization and we will continue to monitor his progress and development going forward.”
The highest-profile pickups, Adam Pardy and Matt Halischuk, probably won’t even start on the first two lines. Meanwhile, restricted free agents Blake Wheeler, Bryan Little, Zach Bogosian, Paul Postma and Eric Tangradi filed for arbitration this week.
“Filing is simply the start of the arbitration process,” said Anton Thun, Little’s agent in an email to the Winnipeg Free Press. “It is simply a notice to the other side to elect arbitration and has nothing to do with the actual negotiations. No dollar figures are attached to a notice.”