Already thin on the right side of blue-line, things will get worse for Jets if Kraken takes DeMelo

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Ted Wyman

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Jul 20, 2021  •  35 minutes ago  •  4 minute read  •  Join the conversation

Winnipeg Jets goaltender goalie Laurent Brossoit has to deal with Jesse Puljujarvi of the Edmonton Oilers and Jets teammate Dylan DeMelo in front of him on March 18, 2021 in Edmonton. Photo by Greg Southam /Postmedia Article content

We now know the Winnipeg Jets have chosen to protect promising second-year blue-liner Logan Stanley over steady veteran defenceman Dylan DeMelo for Wednesday’s Seattle Kraken expansion draft.

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That certainly doesn’t mean the Jets would be happy to see DeMelo go.

DeMelo, 28, is far from flashy but he’s a very dependable right-shot defenceman who has gets good reviews from the analytics crowd and has a team-friendly, $3 million-a-year contract for three more years.

He’s also a player with a conscience, who speaks his mind on many important non-hockey subjects and he’s a man with a family who chose to sign a four-year contract and stay in Winnipeg.

He would play a big role with the Jets, and in the community, if he sticks around.

Of course, that’s no longer in the hands of the Jets, unless general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff can make some kind of deal to get Seattle GM Ron Francis to stay away from…

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