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Winnipeg Jets Trade Deadline Recap

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The Jets made the max amount of trades they legally could this year.

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The Winnipeg Jets had the most active trade deadline day that a team could have; they literally maxed out on the amount of trades a team could do in a single day. For a general manager who used to be asked “what did Chevy do today?” by certain Jets fans and sometimes was accused of taking days off when it came to trading (both buying and selling), Kevin Cheveldayoff did a lot today.

  1. He started his day off with his most important move: trading for Kevin Hayes. While Mark Stone was the biggest name on the market, Hayes was the name that fit the Jets needs better. Stone is a winger whereas Hayes is a centre and the Jets have a good centre in Bryan Little who does not fit well with all the top-six wingers. The cost was not bad at all either with it costing Brendan Lemieux and first round pick. Not a bad cost to fill a need.
  2. He filled the need of a skilled defenceman by acquiring Nathan Beaulieu. I would argue this is much better value than the Jets paid for Joe Morrow last year as the former cost a sixth round pick while the latter cost a fourth round pick. Enigmatic is probably the best way to describe describe Beaulieu, but he will do for the time being.
  3. Whole bunch of minor moves: there will be more information on Par Lindholm from Pension Plan Puppets tomorrow and everyone else is meh. The loss of Nic Petan might have hurt more if he had actually played games instead of becoming a press box popcorn expert.