The price contending teams are either willing or unwilling to pay for trade deadline acquisitions can be rather fascinating.
Bob McKenzie had a Monday morning radio hit on Winnipeg’s TSN 1290.
During the conversation on the Jets, McKenzie was asked about the team’s bottom-six performers over the past two weeks- including Saturday’s four-point effort from Jack Roslovic - and whether or not that might change the conversation for general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff when it comes to the trade deadline.
“I don’t think so,” considered McKenzie. “I think what you see is what you get. They’re a really good team, a contending team, and at times they’ve been carried more by their top guys. There’s been times where the supplementary guys have helped out. But at the end of the day, you’ve got a plan in place.
“And I think when I say nothing changes, it’s because all of these teams that want to deal with the Jets now - the guy that they’re up and asking about is Roslovic. They’re not stupid. They look at the thing over the course of the season - they look at his minutes. They see sometimes he’s there on the fourth line. And that’s the guy they want to get out of there.
“And the Jets are like, ‘No, no, no. We’re not going to do that.’ At least that’s my understanding so far, is that that’s been a non-starter for them.
“So I don’t know that a performance like that night changes anything, because I don’t think the Jets wanted to move him anyway. And if anything, it would just reinforce the fact that these teams that want to get a good young player out of there are still going to continue to try to do that, and I would imagine the Jets would continue to try to resist it.
“So I would think they’ll try to find another path to getting the player that they need.”
Roslovic was a late first-round pick of the Jets from 2015, and he has another season remaining on his entry-level contract.
The Jets have been connected - at least on some level - with virtually every higher-profile forward trade target in Insider chatter over the past week especially.
Contract-related info via CapFriendly