The Winnipeg Jets are still in the market for a forward and there is another name to add to the list that features Mark Stone (who might be scratched tonight) and Matt Duchene: Artemi Panarin.
If Nashville lands Matt Duchene from Ottawa, expect Winnipeg to make a major push for #CBJ Artemi Panarin. #GoJetsGo would hate to part with him, but possible Columbus native Jack Roslovic could be part of the return package to Blue Jackets.— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) February 21, 2019
Panarin came over from the KHL, but rose to prominence in the NHL with the Chicago Blackhawks before they traded him to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Brandon Saad due to salary cap problems. He is very good.
If the Jets were to trade for him, it would cost quite a bit. Portzline is suggesting Jack Roslovic who would be traded home to Ohio. But the Jets should not be wagering their future right now; not with how they are playing and not without knowing if a player they are trading for will sign with them long-term.
The Jets are probably going to trade for a forward by the trade deadline. The hope is they can do that without wagering their future in a season where they have very little going at five on five and are relying on their powerplay. It would make sense to look at a defenceman, especially if Dustin Byfuglien is out long term. Outside of that, the Jets might be best off just sitting pretty.