Holy smokers! Winnipeg Jets fans are on edge! Fan favorite Michael Frolik signed a one year contract today, thus the world is ending! Yes. Michael Frolik is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent and the expiration of this deal, but that is a little over 11 months away and plenty can happen between then and now.
Things We Know, Things We Don't
Cheveldayoff said the goal from the beginning has to come to an agreement with Frolik before getting to arbitration #NHLJets— Ken Wiebe (@WiebeSunSports) July 29, 2014
The why's of a situation are always fun to ponder. We can wonder why the Winnipeg Jets filed for arbitration if they had no interest in going to arbitration. Why play chicken with yourself? We can also wonder about what kind of dollar figure each side was looking for, but we cannot fairly pin blame on either side. Why? Because we don't know everything.
Nobody, outside of the negotiating parties, knows why the two sides were unable to agree on a long term deal.
- Perhaps the Jets' lowballed their offer.
- Perhaps the Jets' self imposed deadline forced a short term deal.
- Perhaps Allan Walsh was asking for too much.
- Perhaps the Frolik camp wants the pressure of unrestricted free agency to add leverage.
- Maybe it was a combination of these things or all of them.
- Maybe it was something else.
Will he re-sign? Unknown, but we do know that both sides say they are interested in continuing talks.
"The sole focus for Michael is to re-engage with Winnipeg in January on a long-term deal." agent Allan Walsh, who represents Frolik #NHLJets— Ken Wiebe (@WiebeSunSports) July 29, 2014
Cheveldayoff: "We've had great conversations. If you don't come to an agreement at one time doesn't mean you won't at another." #NHLJets— Ken Wiebe (@WiebeSunSports) July 29, 2014
Of course, ongoing talks don't guarantee a deal. It is entirely possible that the Allan Walsh and Kevin Cheveldayoff hit an impasse, but it is also possible that they get something done.