Latest Update On Hellebuyck & Scheifele Trade Talks in Winnipeg

The Winnipeg Jets find themselves in a difficult position heading into the 2023-24 season. Two of their top players, goaltender Connor Hellebuyck and first-line centre Mark Scheifele are both pending unrestricted free agents after the season, and neither are intending to sign an extension. 

According to TSN's John Luneither are they anywhere close to being traded.

The priorities still on the Winnipeg Jets mid-summer checklist remain the same as they did at the beginning of July. Determine the futures of Connor Hellebuyck and Mark Scheifele.

The trade market for Winnipeg’s franchise goalie remains dry due to money concerns. Too many potential suitors facing cap issues combined with Hellebuyck’s expected ask for a new contract at the conclusion of next season. Thus there is an increasing probability that Hellebuyck will start the season in Winnipeg in a redux with his former partner, recently acquired UFA and new Stanley Cup Champion in Laurent Brossoit. 

As per Scheifele, interest in acquiring the Jets' No. 1 center is very minimal, also raising the possibility that Scheifele will start the final year of his contract as a Jet.

NHL Insider Frank Seravalli adds that the Jets have some very difficult decisions to make. "They're absolutely between a rock and a hard place...

"Scheifele could be a really good trade deadline piece, but what if your team is in the (playoff) mix? What if Hellebuyck plays you into the mix?..." 

Decisions, decisions... The Jets have some painful ones to make. But with trade interest so "dry" this summer on their star players, perhaps the decision will be made for them. At least until the trade deadline. 

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