If the Senators are forced into dealing Mark Stone, the Jets may well be the No. 1 threat to land the star winger.
Elliotte Friedman had a Friday morning radio hit on Toronto’s Sportsnet 590.
The Insider was asked about the possibility of Ottawa and Winnipeg getting together on a trade for the pending unrestricted free agent.
“Yes, I definitely think it’s a possibility if Ottawa trades Mark Stone,” indicated Friedman. “I think Winnipeg is probably - well, I think you could make a real argument that they’re the No. 1 contender.
“There’s a lot of things Winnipeg can do. They’ve got a lot of good prospects. They did a rental last year with Paul Stastny. Not everybody likes to do rentals all the time, but I think when you have a chance to win and you’ve got a hometown guy basically who you know would love to be there and could be a good part of your team, I think Winnipeg is very much in that.
“They’ve got some great prospects. I definitely think the kinds of guys they’d be asking for are guys like Roslovic, Sami Niku - who’s the American Hockey League defenseman of the year.
“Pierre Dorion and two of his leftenants - Peter MacTavish and Jim Clark - were at that game last night. Manitoba plays tonight and Ottawa, as you guys mentioned, tomorrow. They’re staying the whole weekend.
“And there’s another guy, Vesalainen, who’s their first-round pick a year ago. He’s overseas. I’m sure Ottawa has seen him.
“I’m not sure how eager Winnipeg would be to give up any of those guys, but they’re one of the few teams in the league that could give up one of them and say, ‘You know, that hurt - but it doesn’t kill us.’”
Stone is on a one-year, $7.35 million contract, and he can become a UFA July 1.
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