Countdown to the deadline: Jets

The Winnipeg Jets were part of one of the biggest blockbuster trades in recent memory, but if they have their way, they are not done ahead of the March 2 deadline. The Jets were looking to add another top-nine forward before Mathieu Perreault and his 18 goals went down with a long-term injury. So the Jets really want to add a forward, if not two of them. Just as there was a strong desire to trade injured Evander Kane this season instead of waiting until the summer, there's urgency to give the Jets every chance to make the playoffs for the first time since they relocated from Atlanta.

Status: BUYER

Needs: As stated above, the Jets covet a forward or two. They have depth on defense that they can use in a trade, or they can dangle draft picks.

There's also been talk that Russian forward Alexander Burmistrov, whose rights are still owned by the Jets, could be used as trade bait; perhaps Burmistrov might be willing to leave the KHL for the NHL next season. Could the Jets package him in a deal?

Among those on the radar wish list are Daniel Winnik in Toronto, Sean Bergenheim in Florida and even Antoine Vermette in Arizona, but only if the current asking price goes down, otherwise Vermette is too rich for the Jets' blood. But those are just three names on a longer list of targets for Jets management.

Finances: The cap is not an issue. The team, as of Feb. 20, had $7.4 million in cap room. The Jets are a budget team, not a cap team, but the Kane deal with the Buffalo Sabres created some financial flexibility, and the Jets can add a forward or two without blinking an eye.

Scouting the GM: Kevin Cheveldayoff has patiently and carefully restocked the organizational shelves since he took over as GM following the move from Atlanta, resisting short-term Band-Aids and keeping his eye on the long-term goals. But with his team finally in a real playoff race, it's time to act. Cheveldayoff received leaguewide praise from his peers for how he quickly and impressively handled the Kane controversy, shipping out a player who can't play until next season and making the most of a tough situation. The ink was barely dry on that blockbuster deal -- which brought back immediate help in the form of blueliner Tyler Myers and forward Drew Stafford -- when Cheveldayoff and his staff got back in the boardroom to start the process of identifying another forward target. When Perreault went down, that became perhaps two forward targets. The Jets are regarded as one of the most well-stocked organizations when it comes to prospects and young talent; the future looks bright regardless of what happens this season. But the pressure in the Winnipeg market to get into the postseason is real. The novelty of just being back in the NHL for those fans is mostly gone; it will be a major disappointment if they don't make the playoffs. Hence, the urgency for Jets management to add another forward or two before the March 2 deadline.