Friedman looks at Jets’ cap situation

The Winnipeg Jets will have some key salary cap-related decisions to make in the coming years, but one move taken care of recently included signing Blake Wheeler to a new deal.

The captain inked a five-year, $42.25 million extension this week that’ll kick in following the 2018-19 campaign.

Elliotte Friedman had a Friday morning radio hit on Calgary’s Sportsnet 960, and at one point during the 20-plus minute conversation was asked if he liked the contract.

“You know what? Look, here you are saying, ‘What’s Pacioretty going to do, get 7 x 7 at 31,’” began Friedman, referencing an earlier part of the segment about the Montreal Canadiens forward having nixed a trade to the Los Angeles Kings before the entry draft. “Wheeler got what, 5 x 8.25 at 33, right. I’m not that surprised because they did Byfuglien at five years, 7.6 when he was 31.

“The one thing I think about with the Jets is they know this guy better than anybody else. And I do think if you’re going to take that gamble, it’s better that you’re the team that knows him. So I’m not surprised they did that. I was a bit surprised at the term, but I guess that’s what you had to do.

“I’m really curious to know, ‘Okay, what’s that going to mean for Laine.’ I’ve got to think that this is probably Trouba’s last year there. I wonder is it going to cost them a Perreault because they simply don’t have the room. But now they’ve got to fit in Morrissey and Laine and you know what? If they get all of this business done, they’re going to have a heck of a team for a long time.”

Morrissey is a restricted free agent still in need of a contract, while Laine is in the final season of his entry-level deal.

Trouba will be one of the key storylines around which to keep an eye in Winnipeg, particularly in Insider story circles. The defenseman is on a one-year, $5.5 million contract and will be eligible for arbitration and a potentially big payday. He always seems to find his name in trade rumors, and remains a valued commodity around the league.

The Jets would be able to sign Trouba to an extension as early as January, which also means that any team trading for Trouba - should it come to that - would be able to potentially do so as well to increase the Jets' asking price.

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