The Jets bid farewell to there franchise center in a blockbuster deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday. The Jets aquired the reigning Art Ross trophy holder in Nikita Kucherov along with Elias Lindholm. When asked why they would trade a franchise center who still had many years ahead, general manager Ransom responded "I never liked Eichel to be honest, he has loads of talent and may yet win multiple trophies but not with us he won't, not now, not ever".
The trade wasn't a complete shock, the Jets have been shopping Eichel for the better part of a year but hadn't found the right return. When rumours began to surface that GM Blake had grown tired of Kuch's off the cuff remarks to reporters, the Jets reached out on Whatsapp and pitched the idea of a Eichel/Kuch swap. A few different scenarios later, a formal offer was made. A few teams reached out over the last 24 hours and while a deal was close to happening with the Maple Leafs, ultimately the alure of Kuch was too strong.
What does this means now for the Jets? "It means we weren't happy with the team we assembled and will be making trades until we get it right". Rumours are already hitting Twitter with Couturier, Mangiapane and Gibson the most discussed. Even the recently acquired Lindholm is said to have been told not to buy a house in Winnipeg.
Its not really worth looking ahead to the Jets roster since there is a good chance there will be more deals to come.