READ: All-Star goalie could request a trade this offseason

Published May 20, 2022 at 2:52 PM
This past season was a huge disappointment for the Winnipeg Jets. On paper they had a team that could contend for the stanley cup and before the season began, many analysts actually had them pegged at potential champions.

In 2021 when they got swept by the Montreal Canadiens in round 2 of the stanley cup playoffs, many believed that the only thing the team was lacking was defence, so last offseason they brought in Nate Schmidt and Brendan Dillon to fix that.

This past season we saw young stars for the Jets step up like Kyle Connor who scored 47 goals and 93 points, but despite this, the team struggled.

The Winnipeg Jets fired head coach Dave Lowry and are currently looking for a replacement, which many are hoping will be stanley cup winning coach Barry Trotz who was recently let go by the New York Islanders.

Many are wondering though, will this team be taking a new direction under another head coach? Will they be entering a rebuild?

Connor Hellebuyck has been the teams rock in net for many years now, putting up stellar numbers and winning himself a Vezina trophy. On July 12th 2018, Hellebuyck signed a six year contract with an AAV of $6.167 million. Elliotte Friedman stated recently that Hellebuyck will stay in Winnipeg as long as the team doesn't enter a rebuild.

Connor Hellebuyck signed a six-year, $37 million dollar contract with the team on July 12, 2018, with an AAV of $6.167 million and it was recently reported by Elliott Friedman that he is actually okay with staying in Winnipeg, as long as the Jets don't go into re-build mode.

Connor Hellebuyck has been and still is one of the best goaltenders on the planet. But he has had a less than Hellebuyck-type season. He hasn't been bad, but he hasn't been stellar as he has been in the past few seasons. In his defense, he has been overworked, coming off a recent stretch where he started in 13 consecutive games and has made some mental errors that have cost the team some momentum and potential points. -

Despite a poor season, the Jets still have the players that can make the playoffs, if not contend for the cup, they just need the right system and coaching behind the bench. But at the age of 29, it would not be right to ask a goaltender of Hellebuyck skill level to suffer through a rebuild in the prime of his career.
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READ: All-Star goalie could request a trade this offseason

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