Analysis

NHL Trade Deadline: Chicago Blackhawks Among Central Division Winners

By Colin Likas
Dec 20, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Stars defenseman Johnny Oduya (47) defends against St. Louis Blues left wing David Perron (57) during the second period at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 20, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Stars defenseman Johnny Oduya (47) defends against St. Louis Blues left wing David Perron (57) during the second period at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /
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Winnipeg Jets: C

Trade made: Traded F Drew Stafford to Boston for 2018 conditional sixth-round draft pick

Explaining the grade: The Jets almost made it through the 2017 deadline without making a single move, but managed to pull off the last trade of Wednesday.

Stafford has struggled with injuries and hasn’t done much for the Jets, so a change of scenery was in order.

The Jets are in a strange spot because, while they obviously aren’t good enough to contend for the Stanley Cup, they have some really quality young pieces in place at forward and in goal. They weren’t exactly going to be buyers at the deadline just to see if they could find some defensemen for future seasons.

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So it probably was the right move for the Jets to stand pat and wait for the offseason D-man market to play itself out in a few months. The Jets aren’t serious contenders right now, but they’re also not rebuilding. Tough spot for GM Kevin Cheveldayoff, but he was probably right to be as inactive as he was.

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