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The Winnipeg Jets and Their Wasted Assets

Per reader request, the bigger name free agents the Jets have lost and what they got as a return, if they got any return at all. Remember that a restricted free agent is still a free agent.

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As an expansion of my old piece on asset management, I have looked into who has left the Jets, if the Jets got anything in return when they left, and the earnings of the player since they have left the Jets.

Nik Antropov:

Antropov was a middling possession player who was allowed to walk after the lockout shortened 2012-2013 season. His returns were diminishing and he is no playing in the KHL.

Current League: KHL (Astana Barys )

Return: Nothing

Money Made Since: $2.7 million/year

Alexander Burmistrov

I will continue to label Burmistrov as a lost asset until he is back in the NHL. He is a very good player who plays more East/West than North/South (whatever that means).

Current League: KHL (AK Bars Kazan)

Return: Nothing, still on reserve list; could return to league.

Money Made Since: $2.5 million/year

Ron Hainsey

Best known for being Zach Bogosian's babysitter, Hainsey was a good, not great defenceman for the Jets. The truth was, he was better than what they have on the left side beyond Tobias Enstrom and who doesn't want a second pairing that does not feature Mark Stuart?

Current League: NHL (Carolina Hurricanes)

Return: Nothing

Money Made Since: $10 500 000 (over 4 years)

Olli Jokinen

Jokinen was a flawed, but decent centre for the Jets. He struggled, he "thrived", he played a role he wasn't suited for, he made funny faces; Olli was not great and was pricey, but he tried hard. Olli is getting older though, and it was probably a good time to say goodbye.

Current League: NHL (Nashville Predators)

Return: Nothing

Money Made Since: $2.5 million/1 year

Johnny Oduya

Oduya was famous in Winnipeg for his "free pizzas", which according to Claude Noel is a bad thing even though pizza is a good thing. Oduya is a really fine defenceman with the Chicago Blackhawks, playing on their shutdown pair along side fellow Swede Niklas Hjalmarsson.

Current League: NHL (Chicago Blackhawks)

Return: Second and Third Round Pick (2013)

Money Made Since: $10 125 000 (3 year contract)

Alexei Ponikarovsky

The former Leaf degenerated into nothing more than a bottom six player who was a good possession player and not much else. He was a big name for the Jets because is played for the Leafs.

Current League: KHL

Return: Fourth Round Pick (2014), Seventh Round Pick (2013)

Money Made Since: $1.6 million/year

Devin Setoguchi

The dude that Chris Thorburn destroyed by playing on the same line as him when Evander Kane got injured, Setoguchi should have a job before Chris Thorburn does but YOLO.

Current League: Unsigned

Return: Nothing

Money Made Since: N/A


By not re-signing a lot of these players, Kevin Cheveldayoff has dead weight (as shown by the two players who are no longer in the NHL based on play and one who remains unsigned).He also managed to get assets back for two of those players. Not great, but not bad.

Burmistrov is in the KHL because of the NHL's attempts to control market value are young players and he was offered a good contract to play at home. Hopefully he comes off this list next summer and returns to the Jets.