NHL Rumors: Will the Winnipeg Jets moves start with goaltender Connor Hellebuyck?


Sportsnet 590 The FAN: Elliotte Friedman on The Jeff Marek Show on the offseason ahead for the Winnipeg Jets.

** NHLRumors.com transcription

Marek: “One group I wish to include there rapidly, I believe we’re all anticipating something huge at some time. I don’t understand which domino is going to be the very first, however I discussed the Winnipeg Jets a couple seconds earlier.’

We all now and presume what the relocations are going to be and whose names are on the front burner here.

How rapidly do you believe (GM Kevin) Cheveldayoff gets to work now that it looks like, to be blunt, trade season is sort of on here?”

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Friedman: “Really, truthfully, I believe it begins and ends with (Connor) Hellebuyck. I shouldn’t state ends with Hellebuyck. I believe it begins with Hellebuyck since I believe he’s the one you’re most likely going to get the most return for.

As you and I have actually discussed, there’s a truly fascinating goalie market out there. I believe there’s groups looking. And so, I believe individuals are sort of speaking about who’s the goalie we wish to pursue and what’s that going to appear like. So, I believe a great deal of this begins with Hellebuyck.

I believe Winnipeg’s huge difficulty with (Pierre-Luc) Dubois is going to be, can you encourage other groups out there, that there’s a market for him beyond Montreal? I don’t believe it’s just Montreal for Dubois however I believe all of us think it is his large choice is to wind up there.

So if you’re Montreal and you believe that’s the case, you’re not paying a ransom for him. I believe the most fascinating thing there is, I believe there’s groups out there taking a look at this like, we’ve got another year of a truly tight cap. If we’re a great group and if we believe he can assist us for a year, let’s go all out.

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Like I understand in 2015, there were groups that took a look at Dubois and stated, ‘Hey, if we only get him for two years, we’ll take it.’

But what’s that trade appear like? I believe that’s one of the most significant concerns. “

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