The Winnipeg Jets can breathe a sigh of relief on Saturday, as defenseman Tobias Enstrom waived his no-move clause to help the team regarding the expansion draft, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.
This means that Winnipeg won’t need to protect Enstrom, whose $5.75 million cap hit runs through 2017-18.
This doesn’t mean that the Vegas Golden Knights are likely to scoop the aging defenseman up, mind you. Even beyond his pricey deal, injuries are a huge concern for Enstrom. It would be surprising if Golden Knights GM George McPhee views him as a player to target.
Instead, this move allows the Jets to protect the players they want in a more team-friendly way, likely choosing an option where they protect seven forwards, three defensemen and one goalie.
Statement from Kalle Boden — agent for Enstrom, who just confirmed the player did waive pic.twitter.com/b6YzV0zDYy
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) June 17, 2017
One could probably equate Enstrom’s sacrifice to that of Marc-Andre Fleury, though the demand for the once-prolific offensive defenseman will fall well short of what we’d see for “The Flower.”
Either way, it’s a nice gesture from a blueliner who’s been with the franchise since the Atlanta Thrashers days.