As the Winnipeg Jets fall a little further out of playoff contention, they’ve begun to get calls on some of their players. One of those has been Drew Stafford according to Craig Custance of ESPN, who he sees the team moving before the deadline. We profiled Stafford’s case for trade just a week ago.
Another rental option for teams looking for some scoring depth on the wing, Stafford has been hampered this year by injury and has seen fourth line duty at times. The former 30-goal man has just 12 points in 39 games and is playing his lowest ice time total—13:16 a night—since his rookie season with Buffalo. The Jets have 62 points and trail Calgary by just four points in the playoff race, but have played more games than anyone else in the conference and look about ready to get knocked out of contention.
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It’s not to say they can’t make the playoffs, but with Stafford due to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year it would be best to get some value out of him now. Part of the Evander Kane–Tyler Myers swap of two years ago, he has scored 34 goals in a Winnipeg uniform and could entice at least a handful of teams to send a pick north. A solid playoff run on a contender could bump his value back into the positive as he heads on the open market, one that he seemed ready to cash in on before the season began.