The Winnipeg Jets have already had an upbeat and active offseason with a number of signings and re-signings. Improvements have been made and many concerns, at least for this offseason, can be thrown out the window because the Jets did what they set out to do. The Jets have addressed many needs through free agency and the draft. The Jets’ front has been quiet as of late, but they still have to make some necessary evaluations before the season begins.
The summer is winding down and the probability for a season is still up in the air. In this business, however, you work every day, per se, and the Winnipeg Jets still have to tackle some crucial necessities. With that, there are still some concerns as August winds down—albeit, very minor at best.
The No. 1 concern as it stands right now is the fact that Evander Kane remains unsigned. I’ve been outspoken about it and by this point, everyone should know that Kane is still an unsigned RFA. As long as the remainder of this offseason exists, this and only this will be the top priority, concern, complication, predicament, problem, worry—and whatever other related word you’d like to throw in here—that the Jets have.
There is another concern regarding an RFA however, one that might easily be overshadowed at times being that Kane remains an RFA.
Other than Kane, the Jets have to take a look at another RFA—Spencer Machacek. Machacek got the call up late last season and sparked the offense providing the team with two goals and nine points in 13 games. The young forward deserves to get a real look when training camp rolls around. Machacek brings size, strength, grit and, from what we saw last season, a small dosage of skill. An opportunity will likely come his way soon.
As far as concerns revolving around what the Jets already have, well there really aren't any. The Jets don’t need to go out and make trades or sign some lower-tier free agent to make it look like they’re still trying to make a splash this offseason.
It’s late August and there’s nothing left out there for the Jets and certainly nothing that should urge the Jets to go into impatient mode. The next move to be made is in training camp, followed by preseason, and then the start of the regular season, if there even is one at this point.
But as of now with the summer coming to a halt? Nothing. Nothing needs to be done, changed or improved upon. And as far as concerns, the only one I have is a potential lockout setting back the momentum and youth that the Jets have in their favor.
Let’s just hope there’s hockey in a few months.