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Projecting the Winnipeg Jets ’opening night lineup, optim lines and more – The Athletic

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It would take a stunning move to knock the Winnipeg Jets ’2019-20 roster off the course it's on now.

With Andrew Copp's arbitration award approaching and Neal Pionk signed to a two year, $ 3-million AAV contract extension on Sunday evening, Winnipeg has precious little cap space with which to sign star RFA forwards Kyle Connor and Patrik Laine.

Assuming a 22-man roster, Pionk's signing and Copp's arbitration award should give Winnipeg approximately $ 15 million to fit Laine and Connor's onto the Jets roster this fall. That's not a huge amount of space and offers precious little protection against expensive offer sheets, should they occur, but should be just enough if – as I currently expect – Connor signs long term and Laine signs a bridge deal.

The point is that, no matter how much cap space it looks like Winnipeg has today, almost every penny is spoken for. Even if Winnipeg runs as few as 21 players on its …

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