NHL Rumors: Jets Could Sign Big Free Agent For Discount In Offseason

The Winnipeg Jets have had a very good turnaround season after missing the playoffs in 2021-22. This has come with almost an identical lineup as last season, but with a new coach. With a new voice behind their bench, the team is playing better than ever and in prime position to make a playoff run.

It may not come this season, but the Jets could very possibly get one of the higher class free agents in the offseason at a discount. Mike Johnson of TSN believes Jonathan Toews, who is a UFA next offseason, would take a discount to join the Jets next season.

Toews will be 35 years old and is likely going to sign a three year deal. He has a cap hit of $10.5 million this season, but the captain of the Chicago Blackhawks signed that contract in 2014 after two Stanley Cups, a Conn Smythe, and a Selke Trophy at just age 24.

The reason for the belief that Toews would play for Winnipeg at this point in his career is that the Blackhawks are in full rebuild mode and likely wouldn't want him returning next season. As it is, they would even like to trade him this season. It's not like Toews is chasing his first Cup, it just so happens that the Jets are a Stanley Cup calibre team this season and should be once again next season.

Toews has already got his money with an estimated career earnings of $113.8 million and three Stanley Cups. The hometown boy may want to return home and play for his hometown team. He has already represented Canada and won 7 Gold medals across five different international tournaments. So finishing his career playing for a Canadian team and possibly helping them to their first Stanley Cup could cap off an incredible career.

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