Meds wrote:The Jets won't need Horvat coming back from Vancouver in a trade involving Kane. Yes, I'm sure they'd like him just like every GM in the league would, but does he address their needs? Not exclusively.
Well that's a tall order.. the Jets are going to ask for a guy who addresses every one of their needs (which I assume you mean, rather than literally interpreting this to mean they want a guy who addresses only their needs and nobody else's)?
I think you could pretty easily make a case that Horvat fits their various needs best of anyone the Canucks are going to give up, the Sedins and Kesler aren't going anywhere.
Look at the Jets and where they are in the standings, and then look at a couple of telling stats.
they are 27th in the league in goals against.
Winnipeg's problem is that they can't keep pucks out of their own net. Guys like Tanev and Hansen are the type of defensively responsible players that can turn a differential like that around for a team like Winnipeg. They both address team needs.
Why wouldn't Horvat? The kid is a pretty safe bet to be a two-way force in the NHL in time, and much more importantly is a centre who will have a bigger impact on the game due to his position than a guy like Hansen will. Who do the Jets have down the middle.. Bryan Little? Where's Olli Jokinen next year? Think they ever get Burmistrov back? Who's left?
I am guessing the Jets know that if they trade Kane for a Dion Phaneuf, Joe Thornton type of return (ie. a bunch of decent players nowhere near the calibre of the one they give up) they are going to regret it sooner than later. A young player like Bo Horvat is a piece you can build around, Chris Tanev might be that also but not nearly to the same extent nevermind a player like Hansen.
The Jets also have piles of cap space to play with next year, so taking on a bit of salary isn't going to kill them.
Even when a $70-80m cap ceiling was a pipe dream it was known the Jets would never be a cap ceiling team. Piles of cap space mean sweet fuck all to them.