Saturday, July 14, 2012

Chevy Goes to the Well(wood) as Stapleton Sets Sail

The winds of change keep on blowing for Winnipeg Jets as Tim Stapleton is heading to play in the KHL but they were able to re-sign the versatile Kyle Wellwood. It will be sad to see Stapleton go as he played with passion,heart and had exceptional speed but it could not make up for his lack of size.

However, he was not as versatile as Wellwood who is also on the smaller side but could play on any line and made the players on his line better. Stapleton did see power play duties but it was Wellwood with his slick stick handling that created open space for his line mates (and he saw duty on all lines at one time or another last season) and elevated their games.

Wellwood also had a career year with 18 goals and 29 assists. Chevy's plan to get bigger seems to be coming to fruition as the Jets look to get bigger and they don't have room on the roster for two diminutive forwards despite each offering value.

The edge has to go to Wellwood and Chevy made the right move as signing him also gives the Jets some added veteran leadership to the squad that has already signed seasoned free agent vets Olli Jokinen and Alexei Ponikarovsky.

Article by Sportmentary's Winnipeg correspondent, The Comish.

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