Winnipeg Jets: Which Unrestricted Free Agents Could They Sign?

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Erik Haula #56 of the Florida Panthers Mandatory Credit: Andre Ringuette via USA TODAY Sports

Erik Haula

Winnipeg Jets fans remember Erik Haula when he was a member of the Vegas Golden Knights team that eliminated the Jets in the 2017-18 Western Conference finals. That season he scored 55 points including 29 goals.

As primarily a left wing I understand the objections from fans who correctly point out that forward is a position of strength for the Jets. I will counter those objections with a response that I will repeat: contending teams can never have enough depth.

The Jets lost 213 games to injuries last season, with 71 games total for their forward group alone. Adam Lowry, Mathieu Perreault and Andrew Copp all missed considerable time last season. A versatile forward like Haula could seamlessly fit into a middle six forward role with the Jets. He would also provide some insurance should the Jets decide to move Jack Roslovic.

Haula made $2.75 million last year in salary but will likely be available for much less given his decreased production and injuries issues last season. Perhaps the Jets could offer a one- or two-year deal somewhere around $2 million per season.

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