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Don't expect Jets to throw in the towel for Connor McDavid

Connor McDavid of the Erie Otters moves the puck against the Windsor Spitfires on March 13, 2014 at...

Connor McDavid of the Erie Otters moves the puck against the Windsor Spitfires on March 13, 2014 at the WFCU Centre. (Dennis Pajot/Getty Images/AFP)

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:25 AM ET

WINNIPEG - Now I think I've heard it all.

In the business of being an NHL beat writer in a Canadian market, encountering differing opinions is commonplace and occasionally refreshing.

After all, everyone in Manitoba is an armchair general manager, with plenty of answers on how to fix the Winnipeg Jets.

During a summer of relative inactivity, the local populace has become edgy -- a natural emotion when you consider that moves by their rivals in the Central Division appear to strengthen each of the other six teams the Jets are competing with for a playoff spot.

With that in mind, writer Justin Bourne posted a piece over at theScore last week suggesting the Jets might actually be tanking the current season for the opportunity to pick first overall in a bid to secure the services of Connor McDavid.

Every team in the NHL would love the opportunity to add a potential franchise player like McDavid or Jack Eichel to their organization, but to suggest that Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff is sitting on his hands and is comfortable with watching losses pile up this season for what could be a payoff down the road is simply ridiculous.

First of all, what franchise decides to push the reset button in Year 4 of the unofficial five-year plan?

Where's the fire sale that sees the Jets ship off veterans for draft picks, young players or prospects?

While the Jets appear to be in tough to break the streak of non-playoff seasons that stretches back to their days as the Atlanta Thrashers, they're not about to simply roll over and be a doormat.

 

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