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The Jets at the deadline

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FREE Press hockey writer Ed Tait looks at the status of the players on the Jets' current roster and whether they may be on the move or staying put.

The potential targets

Players most-likely to be on the move if the Jets deal:

TANNER GLASS, LW

Gritty, character-type who is in the NHL's top 10 in hits and may draw interest. A Prairie boy who wants to stay here.

Salary/status: $750,000/unrestricted free agent this summer.

JIM SLATER, C

Decent face-off man who centres arguably the league's most-popular checking line along with Tanner Glass and Chris Thorburn. Would be a solid depth addition for a team taking a championship run.

Salary/status: $1 million/unrestricted free agent.

KYLE WELLWOOD, C/W

Versatile vet who can play wing and centre and has a PhD in hockey intelligence.

Salary/status: $700,000/unrestricted free agent.

JOHNNY ODUYA, D

Probably the Jet rumoured the most to be on the move.

Salary/status: $3.5 million/unrestricted free agent.

RANDY JONES, D

Steady stay-at-home type whose experience may pique interest.

Salary/status: $1.15 million/unrestricted free agent.

CHRIS MASON, G

So many teams seem to have goaltending concerns and his numbers and his maturity might make him attractive.

Salary/status: $1.85 million/unrestricted free agent.

TIM STAPLETON, C/W

More to his game than he gets credit for; versatile and popular in the room.

Salary/status: $525,000/unrestricted free agent.

MARK FLOOD, D

Good foot soldier type who has earned the trust of Claude Noel.

Salary/status: $525,000/unrestricted free agent.

ANTTI MIETTINEN, RW

Waived his no-movement clause when asked by Jets management. Would be attractive to a rival team who took in his career body of work, not just his time in Winnipeg.

Salary/status: $1,532,107/first of two-year deal.

ERIC FEHR, RW

No question Jets' brass is frustrated, but may be better evaluated when his shoulders are 100 per cent and after a full training camp.

Salary/status: $2.2 million/restricted free agent.

The untouchables

Not changing hockey addresses any time soon:

ONDREJ PAVELEC, G

A franchise goaltender who is becoming one of the NHL's elite.

Salary/status: $1.15 million/restricted free agent.

ANDREW LADD, LW

Respected captain whose offensive numbers are growing lately.

Salary/status: $4.4 million/signed to a five-year deal last summer

BLAKE WHEELER, RW

Emerging as a dominant power forward.

Salary/status: $2.55 million/signed to a two-year extension last summer.

ZACH BOGOSIAN, D

Could be wearing Jet colours for years to come.

Salary/status: $2.5 million/signed new two-year deal in September.

ALEX BURMISTROV, C/W

Has earned top-six minutes and showing more consistency in his game. Oodles of upside.

Salary/status: $1.5 million/two years left on entry-level contract.

DUSTIN BYFUGLIEN, D

His game is still developing. Improved fitness could make him a dominant force.

Salary/status: $5.2 million/five years remaining.

EVANDER KANE, LW

Leads the Jets with 24 goals and those totals could soar.

Salary/status: $3.1 million/last year of entry-level contract.

If the deal's a dream

Most likely staying, but...:

TOBIAS ENSTROM, D

A gifted offensive defenceman that every NHL team covets -- especially at this time of year.

Salary/status: $3.75 million/two years remaining.

BRYAN LITTLE, C

Streaky offensively, but works well on top line with Ladd and Wheeler.

Salary/status: $2,383,333/two years remaining.

MARK STUART, D

Oozes leadership and character. Will do anything for his team.

Salary/status: $1.7 million/three years remaining.

CHRIS THORBURN, RW

See above.

Salary/status: $866,667/three years remaining.

Tough to move

Players who cashed in on juicy contracts under previous management and, as a result, may make them difficult to deal before today:

RON HAINSEY, D

Steady and capable.

Salary/status: $4.5 million/two years remaining.

NIK ANTROPOV, C/W

Now getting fourth-line minutes. Can play inspired, but often leaves everyone wanting more.

Salary/status: $4,062,500/two years remaining.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 27, 2012 C1

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