Dreger: ‘I’m confident saying Winnipeg is going to add a forward’

The Pittsburgh Penguins continue to try to move Derick Brassard, and we can glean a little more into the level of asking price from Jim Rutherford.

Darren Dreger had a Wednesday afternoon radio hit on Winnipeg’s TSN 1290.

As part of a larger conversation on the Jets, the Insider passed along his thoughts on the team’s trade deadline mindset.

“I’m confident saying Winnipeg is going to add a forward,” indicated Dreger. “I don’t think there’s any doubt of that. Now, what’s the price for Cheveldayoff and the Winnipeg Jets are willing to spend in acquiring a specific asset.

“And what sort of player are they looking for. Are they looking for a centerman, and how lofty of a centerman. Last year it was Derick Brassard. This year they kicked tires on Derick Brassard, but my understanding is that Pittsburgh probably wanted somebody like Adam Lowry as compensation for Derick Brassard. Well, Winnipeg is not doing that. So I think we’re still in the early stages, even though we’re creeping closer to February 25, of identifying what actually is available on the market.

“I look at Matt Duchene, as an example - and I’m not connecting Duchene to Winnipeg - but is Matt Duchene available. Well, today he isn’t. But a week from now, maybe he is. I’m going to assume that Cheveldayoff is going to make the call to Ottawa to see what the asking price is on Matt Duchene. If it’s extraordinary, as it might be, then probably Winnipeg goes in a different direction.

“But I don’t think that there’s any question that Winnipeg feels they’ve got to add something up front.”

Brassard is in the final season of a five-year, $25 million contract, which includes a lower $3 million cap hit (retained salary transaction) and comes with a modified no-trade clause, through which he can nix eight locales.

Lowry is in the first season of a three-year, $8.75 million contract, and the cap hit is a shade over $2.9 million.

Duchene is in the final season of his five-year, $30 million contract, and he can become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Contract-related info via CapFriendly