The Winnipeg Jets have created some leeway for the Montreal Canadiens by trading with goalkeeper Steve Mason and striker Joel Armia
On their way to becoming a free agency, the Winnipeg Jets hope to re-sign the Paul Stastny Center. They also try to give boosts to certain restricted free agents, such as defender Jacob Trouba. The jets, however, did not have much space. They have cleared some by trading with goalkeeper Steve Mason and striker Joel Armia, along with two future draft picks, to the Montreal Canadiens for defender Simon Bourque.
Winnipeg Jets Received
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This saves the jets at least $ 4.1 million, the cost of Mason. Armia is a limited free agent and is expected to get at least $ 1 million. That should raise enough money for the jets to keep their boys. It would not be surprising to hear that Winnipeg announces that they have re-signed Stastny before the closing date on July 1st.
The Montreal Canadiens receive an additional goalkeeper in Mason. Considering that they already have Carey Price and Antti Niemi, it would not be surprising if they decided to buy their contract. The Colorado Avalanche did the same as defender Brooks Orpik after buying it with goalkeeper Philipp Grubauer.
The Habs also receive Armia, which has become a top NHL striker. Last season with the Jets, he scored a career-high 12 goals and placed a career-high 29 points in 79 games. Armia should help the Canadians to get better production from their bottom six strikers. At the age of 25 he also has the potential to improve a bit.
Bringing two extra draft picks, even though they end in the late, is an added bonus to the Canadians. These are two more lottery tickets that Montreal can add to their harvest of future draft picks.
Bourque is a defender drafted by the Canadiens in the sixth round of the 2015 NHL Draft. In his first season in the AHL last year, he had three points in 46 games while spending 28 penalty minutes
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This is a pure payroll for the jets. You now have enough room to expand either Stastny and Trouba or possibly bring something else out.