Winnipeg Jets Offseason Update: Salary Arbitration Could Burn Jets in Long Run

July 16th, 2013 by Anthony Capocci Leave a reply »

The Winnipeg Jets have made some minor trades and signings this offseason. It’s mid-July, and that’s probably the best we’ll see in terms of acquiring new talent. Now it’s time to assess the talent already on the roster. Or that time is long overdue.

Right now, the sole focus for the Jets organization is to get their restricted free agents re-signed. And that will eventually happen.

RFAs would be Blake Wheeler, Bryan Little, Zach Bogosian, Paul Postma and Eric Tangradi. Mainly, the focus and concern should be on the “big 3”—Wheeler, Little, and Bogosian. However, all five have filed for salary arbitration with their hearings scheduled to begin early next week.

Salary arbitration can be tricky.

First of all, the fact that all of the Jets’ RFAs filed for arbitration should tell you the management wasn’t working hard enough to get deals done. Even though a deal is almost guaranteed to get done through arbitration, the arbitration decisions could burn the Jets in the ...

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