Out of season watch: Winnipeg Jets go shopping with Jack Roslovic, Sami Niku?


TSN.ca is following the latest rumors and speculation about the NHL’s pace with the current offseason.

On the block?

Eager to gain space while looking to improve their defense, Murat Ates of The Athletic reports that the Winnipeg Jets are buying restricted free agents Jack Roslovic and Sami Niku.

The Jets only have $ 27,144 of cap space, per CapFriendly, but are expected to free up an additional $ 5.29 when Bryan Little is placed in long-term injury reserve. Ates suggests the Jets could use Roslovic and Niku as commercial bait to land the top four defensemen they’re looking for.

Roslovic had 12 goals and 29 points in 71 games last season, adding two assists in four games when he returned to the game. A first-round pick in 2015, the 23-year-old scored 26 goals and 67 points in 180 games in career with the Jets.

Niku, 24, had five assists in 17 games with the Jets last season, adding three goals and 14 points in 18 games with AHL’s Manitoba Moose. A seventh-round pick in the 2015 draft, Niku has two goals and 10 points in 48 career games with the Jets.

Opening discussions

Colorado Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic on Monday, the team entered extension talks with captain Gabriel Landeskog as he enters the final year of his current contract.

“Everyone is just figuring out where the landscape is going to be,” Sakic said of crafting the parameters for the deal.

Landeskog, 27, scored 21 goals and 44 points in 54 games last season, adding two goals and 13 points in 14 games on the return to play.

Selected second in the 2011 NHL Draft, Landeskog is entering the final season of a seven-year, $ 39 million contract signed with the team in 2013. His $ 5.57 million milestone sits third among Avalanche forwards behind Mikko Rantanen and Nathan MacKinnon.


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