This just in from Winnipeg Free Press columnist Gary Lawless, his thoughts on the need for a mass cleaning of the house with the Jets, including the possible firing of coach Claude Noel and the trading of veterans like Andrew Ladd, Blake Wheeler and Dustin Byfuglien. “If a fresh perspective behind the bench is deemed the appropriate measure, it must be coupled with new accountability among the players. The big boys with the Winnipeg Jets don’t push one another. They don’t demand a high enough standard from within. Take your pick. Andrew Ladd, Dustin Byfuglien or Blake Wheeler should be on the way out of town at the same time as Noel. So fine, clip Noel. But fire the leadership group, too.”

Now, there’s a huge difference between the complaints of a newspaper columnist and the reality that Winnipeg GM Kevin Cheveldayoff is actually looking to move Ladd, Wheeler or Byfuglien (something my Cult colleague Jonathan Willis investigated here). That said, it’s not unheard of a GM to let it slip off the record that he’s looking to move this player or that. Such leaks help prepare the fanbase for such a move. It was a classic Glen Sather move, as I recall, bash a guy a bit, then ship him out.

Who knows if this is happening in Winnipeg right now, but Ladd and Byfuglien, at least, should be enticing players for Oilers GM Craig MacTavish to consider.

The Jets have 19 wins and 27 losses this year. Ladd and Wheeler are the second line wingers on the Jets, if you go by time on ice.

Wheeler, 27, is an intriguing player. He’s 6-feet, 5-inches, 205-pounds. After this year, he’s got five more years on a deal that pays him $5.6 million, so he’s got to be a Top 6 forward to justify that ticket. It’s a big price, but at the same time Wheeler just made the U.S. Olympic team, so he’s no slouch, whatever Lawless might think.