Is This The Winnipeg Jets Best Trade Ever?

Scott’s Thoughts on Winnipeg Jets biggest trade –

Oh my, Chevy stepped up.

As always, I’m late to the party but “Boss Mitch” already knows I’m always behind in my commitment to number of blogs I’d write here so I’m due.  😈

Winnipeg Jets 1.0 defensman Scott Campbell It just so happens that something big happened to the Winnipeg Jets last week and if you don’t know it then you’re likely undercover somewhere in this world so I appreciate I’m on your list of peeps you wanna read.

Sabres moved Tyler Myers, Drew Stafford, Joel Armia, Brendan Lemieux and  a 2015 1st round pick for Evander Kane, Zach Bogosian and a goalie in the system, Jason Kasdorf.  Most know that Winnipeg Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff had never traded an active NHL player for one from another team so I hope those peeps were as surprised as I was when this came so quickly after the latest Kane “travesty”.  Or, maybe shocked is a better word over surprised, not at the deal but just how quick it happened.

According to MSM, I was lead to believe that Chevy wanted a player around Kane’s age who was currently playing and had similar potential PLUS a high level prospect PLUS  a first-round pick for Evander alone.  So let’s deal with that, AND TO BE FAIR, it was the Jets “asking” price.

Winnipeg Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff

Did Chevy get his price?

For fun, let’s just take Evander Kane’s part in this to start.  The “currently playing player around “Kane’s age” is Tyler Myers.  The top prospect is Brendan Lemieux of the Barrie Colts or Joel Armia, a Finn who will love Winnipeg because Jokinen did.  The first round pick is what it is.

The return on Zach Bogosian is simple to figure out using that logic.  What’s left is the odd one out on Lemieux vs. Armia and UFA Drew Stafford for Bogo and some Jets  6th round pick named Jason Kasdorf, a goalie.  One thing Jets can afford to throw into a deal is definitely a prospect goalie especially at that level.

But I digress as I look to explain more.

I like both Lemieux and Armia as bottom 6 forwards but I lean towards Lemieux as I’ve seen a lot of his junior play live up to the start of this year.  Now the stats show some sniping this year but I’ve only seen a few games.  I have only seen Armia a few times but “potential” definitely rang true.

Things to think about …

If you wanted to be really simplistic on this you could only attack the return on Bogo.  Is a Lemieux OR Armia and Stafford deal for Bogo a good deal?

Yes, there’s the goalie throw-in Kasdorf with Bogo but I can’t find anyone to say he should be involved in serious discussion here although he obviously has some value.

Now another reason.

The best player is Kane which brings the argument that Sabers win the trade automatically.  But not so fast.

I was considered best player in the trade when the Winnipeg Jets 1.0 traded me to St. Louis in a five player trade that brought Jets an eventual 40 goal scorer, a starting goalie and a physical defenseman.  But, I only played 3 more games due to bad health.  It just came out last week in the Winnipeg Sun as 3rd best trade ever for Jets. …


Note I’ve always said I should be in Winnipeg Jets Hall Of Fame as a builder! haha

Bogo, especially, has had injury problems, although that might sound silly with Kane out til next year.  I won’t call either “glass”  obviously but there’s a risk for Buffalo with both players.   What if injuries take them down to a bad level?

Best Winnipeg Jets Trade Ever Is Maybe Kane and Bogo?

And after all the above, the price on Kane was what Chevy was ASKING.  It will be many years before we know how this turns out with so many things up in the air.

So if forced, I call it even, far from saying its best or worst Winnipeg Jets trade for a long time.

P.S.  I assume everyone reading already knows that a young 6’8″ defenceman that can skate, shoot, pass and has won “Rookie of the Year” HAS potential.  🙂


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