What we know, is that the Winnipeg Jets have been told that forward Jack Roslovic would like a fresh start. Unhappy about his position with the team and their insistence to keep him in a bottom-six role, the player is looking to leave and the team is looking to accommodate a trade that will send Roslovic elsewhere.
The latest news is that the Jets may finally have teams interested in making a deal, which is good, because the organization has little to no projected cap space left to sign Roslovic anyways.
Kevin Cheveldayoff was non-committal when talking about Roslovic in a recent media avail, saying he wasn’t even sure the forward was in Winnipeg. All he knew was that if something got worked out, quarantining would likely come into play. Cheveldayoff’s comments didn’t create much hope that the two sides were close. Trade rumours grew as reports of Roslovic’s agent Claude Lemieux advised the Jets his client would like a trade.
What’s The Interest in Roslovic?
As Jets beat reporter Scott Billeck writes, “You’ve got to think if the Jets could have gotten what they would perceive as fair value for Jack Roslovic, they would have done that deal already.” That may be true. It’s hard to know how sticky Cheveldayoff is being on his ask.
At the same time, reports are the Jets have shopped Roslovic this off-season, targeting a top-four, left-side defenceman in return.
So too, Anthony Scultore of The Daily Goal Horn followed up with Lemieux on Jan. 3 and has reported that the agent “seemed pretty confident that Roslovic will be traded but to where remains to be seen.”
Lemieux noted that at least half a dozen teams have expressed interest, but didn’t say how many of those teams would be able to offer the top-six opportunity Roslovic is looking for. It’s not hard to understand why Roslovic wants to be moved. He’s certainly not going anywhere in this lineup and the likelihood that he gets an opportunity to show what he has offensively is slim as part of the Jets.
Billeck also correctly points out, “Roslovic has zero leverage. None at all. And this is a bad look for him. He hasn’t exactly earned a move up the lineup. He has all sorts of skill. Not as much consistency.”
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