Exclusive Report: Half a dozen teams have had discussion about RFA Jack Roslovic
Jack Roslovic has demanded a trade from the Winnipeg Jets and will not be attending training camp. His agent Claude Lemieux made this public with Pierre Lebrun in the last few days.
Half dozen teams have asked about Jack Roslovic
I followed up with Claude Lemieux to ask what is the latest on the situation. He seemed pretty confident that Roslovic will be traded but to where remains to be seen.
Being that Roslovic is an RFA, I was informed at least half a dozen teams have expressed interest in him.
The 23 year-old RFA was not happy with the way the Winnipeg Jets were utilizing him before asking to be traded. He was a first round pick back in 2015 and saw career highs with 12 goals and 29 points playing primarily as a third liner. He is looking for a more prominent role with his next club.
Possible landing spots for Roslovic?
According to Luke Fox, he was being shopped around this offseason with the Jets looking for a defenseman. Obviously, should the Jets deal him that could still be the desired exchange.
I recently wrote that three teams came up in the rumor mill. They were the Chicago Blackhawks, New York Rangers and Minnesota Wild. Of the three, Chicago makes the most sense considering their current situation after losing both Kirby Dach and Jonathan Toews. Roslovic would also fit Chicago’s rebuild plans.
Looking at the Minnesota Wild, they make some sense. They have a defenseman in Matt Dumba they can move and want centers. The problem is that Winnipeg would need to send back way more than Roslovic to acquire him.
When it comes to the New York Rangers, it doesn’t sound like a fit if Jack is looking for top six minutes now. Mika Zibanejad and Ryan Strome are penned in as the top two centers. Moving to the wing isn’t an option as the Rangers are overloaded there for years to come. I’ve already been tipped off that they will need to trade some prospects this deadline or next offseason.