By Allan Muir
There was no good reason for Winnipeg Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff to hand RFA defenseman Zach Bogosian $36 million over the next seven years.
Other than he had no choice.
Bogosian struck it rich today without the benefit of even modest team or personal success to buttress his bargaining position. You’ll hear that sort of thing said about a lot of big money deals, but the Jets are a unique case. Incapable of luring high-end free agents from other teams to sign on for a hitch in Manitoba’s capital, Cheveldayoff has to do whatever it takes — again, whatever it takes – to keep home-grown talent at home.
And if that means handcuffing himself long-term to a 23-year-old defender with all the promise in the world, but little to show for it, well, so be it.