There’s more than one way to skin a cat at the NHL trade deadline. The Winnipeg Jets added a blue-chip prospect on defence and a big, offensive right winger — without giving up a thing, Tuesday. It doesn’t qualify as brilliant work by GM Kevin Cheveldayoff, though. After all, defenceman Jacob Trouba, the ninth overall draft pick a year ago, was the one who had to initiate contact with the Jets, after making the decision to leave college after just one season. And moving Dustin Byfuglien from the blue line to right wing was head coach Claude Noel’s in-game decision during Tuesday’s 5-2 loss on Long Island. The timing of that second move shows just how desperate the Jets have become. Losers of a season-high four straight, Winnipeg has seen its forward scoring dry right up. Its top line is in a funk, Andrew Ladd now 11 games without a goal, Blake Wheeler eight. Bryan Little has scored once in 15 games. Secondary scoring has been AWOL much of the season, and the only player to score, Tuesday, was defenceman Paul Postma, fresh off a stint in the press box. Moving Byfuglien up with Ladd and Little likely isn’t a long-term solution, as No. 33 has made no bones about the fact he doesn’t like to play up front.
Winnipeg Jets add at deadline without trading
Winnipeg Sun | Apr 3