The Winnipeg Jets propose to be a slow-burning fire that will blaze hot and long once maximum temperature is reached. Which is fine, but throwing a little gas on the flames wouldn't hurt.

As such, the Jets must be open to non-traditional opportunities that arise.

For example: Last week the New York Islanders took a minimal risk with potential for huge upside, giving up a lowly fourth-round draft pick to get pending UFA Jaroslav Halak from the Washington Capitals. Should Isles GM Garth Snow get the top-tier goalie to sign a contract extension he'll be hailed as a genius.

If Snow pulls it off, more will be made of Kevin Cheveldayoff already naming Ondrej Pavelec his starter for next season. Pavelec simply hasn't earned the loyalty and trust the Jets GM has been so quick to bestow. Frankly, very few players on his roster have.

Expect Halak, who has a career record of 144-85-59, a save percentage of .918 and goals-against average of 2.38 to fetch a long-term deal with an annual salary north of the $5-million range. Snow now has exclusive negotiating rights and will try to reach a deal with the goalie prior to July 1.

Could this have been a fit for the Jets? Only if they were willing to make coinciding changes to their current roster.

Cheveldayoff is already on the hook for Pavelec's 2014-15 salary of $3.75 million, so adding Halak's new number would have been unlikely. Unless the team used a compliance buyout on their current No. 1 goalie, paying off the rest of his contract to have him walk away.

Cheveldayoff stated at his season-ending press conference Pavelec, who owns a career record of 113-125-46 with a .906 save percentage and a 2.96 GAA, would be his team's No. 1 goalie when training camp opens in the fall. It seemed premature at the time. And now Halak has changed teams for almost nothing, Cheveldayoff's proclamation must be questioned.

The Jets are a budget team so perhaps a buyout isn't a tool in Cheveldayoff's shed. The cost of buying out Pavelec would be $8.5 million spread over six years with no additional cap hit. Maybe the Jets looked at this option and deemed it too expensive. Or maybe not. The Jets, quite rightly, don't offer up this information.