Jets GM after Trouba trade: 'We've got a lot of balls in the air'

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Winnipeg Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff made one of the biggest trades in club history when he sent Jacob Trouba to the New York Rangers for Neal Pionk and a first-round pick on Monday. However, the veteran executive hinted that his club is far from done.

"We've got a lot of moving parts or balls in the air," he told TSN's Frank Seravalli.

CapFriendly projects the Jets to have $25.4 million in cap space this summer, but many free agents are on expiring contracts.

Player (Pos.) Status
Patrik Laine (F) RFA
Kyle Connor (F) RFA
Andrew Copp (F) RFA
Brandon Tanev (F) UFA
Par Lindholm (F) UFA
Matt Hendricks (F) UFA
Neal Pionk (D) RFA
Tyler Myers (D) UFA
Ben Chiarot (D) UFA
Nathan Beaulieu (D) RFA
Joe Morrow (D) RFA
Bogdan Kiselevich (D) UFA

Even with Erik Karlsson coming off the market on Monday, this free-agent class - both unrestricted and restricted - projects to be one of the best in recent memory.

"This is probably an unprecedented time of communication between general managers," said Cheveldayoff, who's been the Jets' GM since 2011.

San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson added that there's a lot of chatter, according to Stephen Whyno of The Associated Press.

In addition to the Trouba deal, there have already been two other notable trades made during the past few days. The Washington Capitals dealt Matt Niskanen to the Philadelphia Flyers for Radko Gudas on Friday, and the Pittsburgh Penguins sent Olli Maatta to the Chicago Blackhawks for Dominik Kahun and a fifth-rounder on Saturday.

Jets GM after Trouba trade: 'We've got a lot of balls in the air'
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