The Jets may have come alive under new coach Paul Maurice. They may prove that they can compete with the big boys in the West by this time next week. They certainly have a head start after becoming the first team to beat Anaheim at home in regulation this season. It was the 25th attempt by a visiting team that finally left Ducks fans disappointed.
The Jets are playing better hockey and perhaps the combination of the message sent by Noel’s firing combined with Maurice’s new philosophies have finally forced this team to reach or even exceed their potential. But with only 31 games remaining and the Jets sitting 8 points back of Minnesota is it too little too late?
While great for fans and the Jets players this recent surge will only complicate the decision making process for Kevin Chevaldayoff who must decide quickly which direction he believes his team will go. Sound familiar? It should, it’s been the same story the previous two years with the Jets flirting with the playoffs and the Southeast crown. The difference now is they are in the West and while playing well I do not believe this team can compete with teams like Anaheim, Chicago, St. Louis or San Jose over a seven game series.
So what do you do if you’re in charge?
Do you move out your pending UFA’s, knowing that it leaves Jacob Trouba without his defense partner and mentor, not to mention what it does to the current third line that has finally found a spark and gives the Jets three lines that can score?
Do you proceed with the shakeup and trade one of the core members of the group? There’s whispers that the Oilers want to get bigger and may be willing to move a player like Yakupov or Eberle to do so. Byfuglien or Wheeler would fit that description.
Only one man has the answers but as always we’d rather hear your thoughts.
What would you do?
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