Is Tyler Myers’ departure from Winnipeg a guarantee? A lot of us assumed so, but this may depend on if the Jets trade Jacob Trouba, and, if so, what comes back in return. (The betting line is Trouba does get dealt, but we’ve all lost wagers before.) It’s hard to see GM Kevin Cheveldayoff losing both without acceptable cover. It will be challenging for the Jets to match what Myers can get in free agency, but he’s spoken very highly of the organization and it wouldn’t be a stunner if he tried to make it work. (31 Thoughts)
The Winnipeg Jets have a lot of changes coming up because of their salary cap issues. They have young players who are going to get big raises and other players who might end up walking because of the Jets tightness to the cap.
One of those players is Tyler Myers. No one knows what the Jets are doing with him, but they seem to love him even when he thrives as a third pairing defenceman and nothing more. It is nothing against Myers, but just an honest evaluation of his skill level. Strong third pairs are important for a contending team, but so are reasonably priced third pairs and the Jets do not have that right now.
The Jets have to figure out what they are going to do with their defence after they failed to replace Tobias Enstrom last season and struggled to find the in-house replacement all season. The Jets have two decisions to make that could leave them with an even bigger problem on defence. Myers is not the answer, but with so few answers for the Jets given their potential budget Kevin Cheveldayoff has to think long and hard about how he is going to handle the defence and the salary cap overall going forward.