Following a six-game first-round loss to the St. Louis Blues, the Winnipeg Jets will head into the summer facing a salary-cap crunch that will lead to some difficult roster decisions.
Much has been made about what both Patrik Laine and two-time 30-goal scorer Kyle Connor will earn on their first post-entry-level contracts. Both stars are up for new deals this off-season and their new contracts will kick in at the same time as Blake Wheeler’s five-year extension with an $8.25 million cap hit commences.
But Winnipeg’s cap maneuvering is about much more than just those two. Trade-deadline acquisition Kevin Hayes is scheduled to be a UFA, as is top-four defenceman Tyler Myers. Depth players such as Brandon Tanev, Par Lindholm and Ben Chiarot are also UFAs, while backup goalie Laurent Brossoit, who posted an excellent .925 save percentage in 25 games, is an RFA in need of a new deal.