So when news emerged in February that Bogosian was being bought out of the remaining months of a seven-year contract he’d signed with the Jets in 2013 that paid him US$5.143 million per year — following a string of healthy scratches with Buffalo — it appeared the end could be near for the third-overall pick in the 2008 NHL draft who had never lived up to the lofty expectations. Oh, what a difference a few months and another change of scenery can make.
In the continuing search to improve the Winnipeg Jets’ blueline, we’ve gone through what the retention of Dylan DeMelo or the addition of Tyson Barrie might mean for the NHL club. But how about the addition of a bona fide star, instead? Not that DeMelo and Barrie wouldn’t be significant contributors; all signs point to them as solid fits if the Jets could lure them during the free-agency signing period next month.
Add it up and you get a team that is, not surprisingly, on the outside looking in as the most important games of the season are going down. As they gear up for what should be an eventful few weeks, with both the NHL draft and free agency on deck, Winnipeg’s brain trust would be wise to look at what’s going on here in the hub for both inspiration and ideas when it comes to the identity crisis they appear to be suffering from.