Jets unlikely to pull blockbuster
Ken Wiebe, QMI Agency
|Winnipeg Jets fans greet Anaheim Ducks' Teemu Selanne during warm-up prior to their NHL hockey game in Winnipeg December 17, 2011. (REUTERS/Fred Greenslade)
If you're among those who think the best way to shake the Winnipeg Jets out of this two-game funk is to make a blockbuster trade, don't hold your breath.
Even before the Jets limped to lethargic losses to the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs to open this four-game trip, the rumour mill had begun to heat up once again after Anaheim Ducks general manager Bob Murray told reporters Wednesday night that he was open to listening to offers for most players not named Saku Koivu and Teemu Selanne.
The fact Murray mentioned Selanne as an untouchable merely fanned the flames, when they should have been extinguished.
Naturally, there's a growing segment of the population that believes a perfect ending to Selanne's career would include a late-season trade to the Jets.
The visit by the Finnish Flash to Winnipeg last month was magical and showed he's got plenty of gas in the tank as a Top-6 forward, but the only way he's going to be dealt is if he goes to Murray and demands to be moved -- highly unlikely scenario to begin with.
And no offence to the Jets, but we're not sure that going from a team that's currently 14th in the Western Conference to one merely battling for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference is something Selanne would be pushing for -- despite his obvious love for the city that gave him his NHL start.
Since he's likely to retire at season's end, that will hinder Murray's ability to fetch a high return on investment, so if Selanne goes anywhere at all, it's expected he'd be on the move to a bona fide Stanley Cup contender.
Selanne could certainly help the Jets attack, but folks in these parts should be happy they had a chance to say goodbye last month since there's almost no chance he'll end his NHL career here.
Speaking of the hockey hot strove, some Jets fans have taken to twitter and other venues to discuss the possibility of acquiring centre Ryan Getzlaf.
While we're guessing GM Kevin Cheveldayoff would love to pick up a franchise player like Getzlaf (who hails from Regina), people need to remember that the Ducks aren't going to just give him away either.
Getzlaf and Jets captain Andrew Ladd were linemates with the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League and on Canada's world junior team in 2005.
They've made some sweet music together over the years and there's little doubt they'd be able to do so again if Cheveldayoff somehow found a way to get a deal done.
But what would it take to pry Getzlaf -- who will become an unrestricted free agent after the 2012-13 season -- away?
We're not entirely sure, but any package would likely have to include a defencman like Dustin Byfuglien or Toby Enstrom and a prospect or draft pick as the starting point.
While we're almost certain Cheveldayoff will make a call to see what the asking price would be, we don't think he'll find the answer to be palatable.
The Jets have depth on defence and are certainly in the market for a forward that can put the puck in the net, but it's far more likely a minor deal gets done than a blockbuster.