The Winnipeg Jets are proudly in place for the upcoming postseason, and could decide to add a piece to make it a long run at the trade deadline. In less than a week, teams across the NHL will have to make final moves, and Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun believes the Jets could decide to add a forward.
Wiebe also believes the Jets could find a great fit up front with the New York Rangers, would have said to be in sellout mode to focus on the future. While the main attraction in the Big Apple remains veteran Rick Nash, some teams might not be willing to be the hefty return price on the 33-year-old. The Jets might be eyeing Mats Zuccarello and Michael Grabner as valuable and more affordable options.
Zuccarello, who has recorded nine goals and 40 goals in 55 games so far this season, would be a good fit for the Jets's philosophy.
"Jets head coach Paul Maurice is familiar with Zuccarello after coaching him in the KHL during the last NHL lockout," writes Wiebe.
The 30-year-old forward could also add an important offensive boost to the Jets' lineup and great experience as the playoffs near.
"Zuccarello has 60 playoff games on his resume, reaching the Stanley Cup final in 2014 when the Rangers lost to the Los Angeles Kings.
With one more year on his contract at an affordable $4.5 million, Zuccarello is a hot commodity because he can play up and down the lineup and help make the guys around him better – much like Perreault does."
Will the Jets pull the trigger on what seems to be the perfect fit in Winnipeg?