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Analyst predicts blockbuster trade between Winnipeg Jets and Carolina Hurricanes

Analyst predicts blockbuster trade between Winnipeg Jets and Carolina Hurricanes

After nearly a decade of NHL work, the Winnipeg Jets appear ready to part ways with one of their most consistent forwards. Nikolaj Ehlers has been on the Jets’ trading block since early in their offseason, and a move is certain to happen before the puck drops on the 2024-25 season.

The Fourth Period lists Ehlers as the third trade target on their watch list. They also named six teams (Boston Bruins, New York Islanders, Nashville Predators, Seattle Kraken, Ottawa Senators, Carolina Hurricanes) as reportedly linked to the 28-year-old forward.

With a move almost inevitable, what kind of return could the Jets get for a player who can regularly score 50-plus points in a season? If the Hurricanes are interested in Ehlers, Martin Necas would be the obvious choice.

Analyst Frank Corrado was a guest on Jay Onrait on TSN and laid the foundation for a successful deal.

“If Martin Necas’ name is floating around somewhere, and we’ve been hearing it for a while,” Corrado said. “He should come back, right?”

The Hurricanes have also tried to find a solution with Necas, who recently entered salary arbitration. As a 25-year-old with solid offensive skills, Necas is sure to get a big payday.

In 77 games played in 2023-24, Necas recorded 24 goals and 29 assists for 53 total points. Ehlers finished the year with 25 goals and 36 assists for 61 points in all 82 games played.

Ehlers and Necas are very similar players in terms of offensive production, making their trade a logical move for both parties.

“If you give up a scoring winger,” Corrado said. “It should be an equally talented, if not more talented, scoring winger that comes back.”

Corrado is referring to the Jets’ signing of Necas, as he expects him to reach his peak in the coming seasons.

“You’re going to do a deal with Necas, who’s in his mid-20s, that will take him into his early 30s,” Corrado said. “You’re probably going to have to pay him like the talent that he thinks he is, which is an elite talent in the NHL.”

Of course, the Jets are taking a gamble if they think Necas can live up to his potential, but it appears he’s headed that way.

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