This article as posted in NHL.com:
Essentially, Jets GM Chevy reiterated that his team will "stay the course" in building for the future rather than try and win now with expensive free agents and trading prospects for established NHLrs.
I question this though. Before last deadline the Jets were in the middle of a playoff hunt, chose to sit tight, and eventually faded from contention because they just did not have the horses to compete. So, did they sit tight to follow some long term plan or was it due to economic considerations: namely, a rather low internal team cap in a rather small market like Winnipeg that has a razor thin profit margin, which may have been wiped out had more expensive options been acquired?
In truth, this team has not signed anyone of significance and relies on lower level FA signing to fill out their roster, year in year out. Obviously the hope is that the youngins develop to the point where the team as a whole can improve to be a playoff contender. But what happens when those same youngins leave their EL contracts and are due significant raises? Can a team like the Jets afford to keep them around? Or are they forced to give them up and start the "build for the future" process all over again?
Personally I think it is the latter. So, are teams like the Jets forced to be a middling team in perpetuity an hope to catch "lightening in a bottle" once or twice (like the Canes did a few times") or are they actually following a coherent strategy which will pay off for them in the not too distant future?