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Winnipeg Jets trade 2014 2nd Round pick for Devin Setoguchi of the Wild

Winnipeg Jets trade 2014 2nd Round pick for the Devin Setoguchi of the Wild

Just as Jets fans were desparing that their team wouldn’t make a move, Bob McKenzie broke this late day deal;


Turned out the pick was a 2014 2nd Round pick.

He has one year left on his deal with a cap hit of 3 million.

Listen to the teleconference:

Kevin Cheveldayoff

Audio courtesy of TSN Radio 1290.

Update: Jets GM spoke with the media at 7 pm cst and had this to say about his newest acquisition:

– First time he spoke with Minnesota GM about Setoguchi was at the draft floor.

– At the draft Minnesota wasn’t prepared to the deal. Deal came together late afternoon today.

– Feel ok giving up the 2nd round pick because we had so many picks in this past draft. Have to be flexible in how we do business.

– Feel we are a much better team now than we were before the draft. Setoguchi will have an opportunity to be in a prolific role w/us

– We are really excited in having Devin as part of the organisation. Step 1 is getting Devin in the organisation.

– Haven’t had the chance to speak with Setoguchi yet.

– We were very active on the interview side, spoke with players and agents which led to action on some players.

– We were very very much in on somethings. Thankful the trade possibility worked out for us.

– Never had the opportunity to fly a free agent in, but had many good conversations.

– Spoke to a couple of our RFA’s today, and had some dialogue, and hopefully moved things along.

– We will focus on continuing conversations with our RFA’s. Winnipeg, as a city, was not a factor in not getting any UFA’s

– Good nucleus of guys here. Really excited about the opportunities here. Acquiring draft picks (in Oduya trade) let us do this.

– Spoken to a couple of the agents of the Jets UFA players. Nothing brewing there.

– Still have some conversations on-going, but we will put this on the board and then see where we’re at, roster wise.

– If you can get the right player and lock him in for 7 years, then so be it. Free agency is a difficult day with so many bidders.

– You have to look &see where the team will be in a few years. A guy might fit now, but will he fit in a few years (on long term deals)

– Once a player becomes part of our family, we are confident we can keep them and move forward with them.

– All our conversations with our UFA’s has been very good and cordial.

– There will be a lot of catching up to see who’s off the board, who’s still available and who, if any players, work for us.

– The cap creeps us very quickly, and we wanted to make sure we have the resources to sign our RFA’s. Locking them up is priority #1.

– Setoguchi has a good shot, a “mind for offense”, has scored at the NHL level. A good skated and has a “good mind for the game”

– Fits well into the age demographic of our team. Up to the coach to decide if Setoguchi is the guy to compliment Evander Kane.