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Report: Jets were close to making a trade

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Could Cheveldayoff be looking to the trade market, not free agency, to improve the Jets?

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According to Winnipeg Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff, the Jets were close to making a trade involving roster players at the draft, but the trade fell apart before it could be completed.

This is the first clue we have that the Jets really want to make a deal to hopefully improve their roster. It could have been that a player like Toby Enstrom was going to be moved, but did not agree to waive his no-movement clause when he saw the team it was to or maybe a move for a player like Travis Hamonic, but the price proved to be too high in the end. Whatever the case, the fact that Cheveldayoff is actively working on trades is a bright spot for the Jets.

Free agency does not look that great this year, so trades are the way to go when it comes to improving a roster. The Jets have a lot of talented forwards, both young and old, that they can start to use to upgrade areas of need.