The Jets would be in trouble if Byfuglien walks away
If Byfuglien retires, his $7.6 million salary cap hit would come off the books. They still need to re-sign RFAs Kyle Connor and Patrik Laine, with currently about $15.45 million in cap space.
Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk could be a trade option. Other trade options could include Buffalo Sabres Rasmus Ristolainen, Calgary Flames Travis Hamonic, and Vancouver Canucks Chris Tanev.
Trading a forward like Nikolaj Ehlers for Faulk – though taking from a position of strength to fill a weakness – may not be enough to solve the Jets issues without Byfuglien.
TVA Sports: The Winnipeg Jets could be without Dustin Byfuglien if he decides to not play this season, which would leave a big hole on their right-side.
Jean-Charles Lajoie and Yvon Pedneault wondered if the Montreal Canadiens could use defenseman Jeff Petry as a bargaining chip.
Pedneault thinks the Canadiens should look at Jets RFA forward Patrik Laine.
If right-handed defenseman Cale Fleury is NHL ready, Petry’s name could be added to any talks.
“The name of Max Domi has been circulating all summer,” added Pedneault. “Would Canadians be ready to take a step on this side? I doubt it very much. “