WINNIPEG - Are the Jets ready for their first blockbuster deal?
Through his first two years, Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff has taken a conservative approach, adding organizational depth mostly through waiver-wire pickups and minor trades.
But after getting time to evaluate what he has throughout the system, Cheveldayoff might be ready to swing for the fences.
Although the salary cap is going down next season, the Jets are in a flexible position but also have some raises to hand out and decisions to make on several unrestricted free agents.
Several teams will find themselves in dire straits, needing to purge salary and the Jets are in position to pounce if an opportunity presents itself.
The alternative would be to ship out a member of the core group.
Iím not in the trade Dustin Byfuglien camp, but itís clear heíd probably bring the biggest return. There are risks to keeping Byfuglien, but there are also major risks to dealing him.