Winnipeg Jets: Exploring Their Free Agent Shopping List for the Offseason

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Winnipeg Jets: Exploring Their Free Agent Shopping List for the Offseason
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Somewhere, Winnipeg Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff has a checklist.

That checklist's next agenda item is July 1st.

With a few free agents to sign within the organization, including captain Andrew Ladd (RFA), Zach Bogosian (RFA), Black Wheeler (RFA), Rob Schremp (RFA), Anthony Stewart (RFA), and Eric Boulton (RFA), it may not seem as if the Jets are going out to land a big fish in the free agent market.

This July 1st, the Jets need to focus on their third and fourth lines as well as the need for a top two centre.

With the likes of Chris Thorburn, Boulton, Schremp, and Jim Slater on the Jets two grinding lines, the team could use some veteran experience on those lines to help shoulder the load as a role player and as a leader.

As for a two centre, it may take another year or two before Alexander Burmistrov is ready to assume star status as well as 2011 first round pick Mark Scheifele.

With so many assets to trade from the minors, the Jets are in a very respectable position to be able to deal to fill the needs they must address.

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