The Winnipeg Jets and general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff took all day, but finally pulled the trigger on a blueline addition by way of the Vancouver Canucks. Late Monday afternoon, the Jets announced the acquisition of rough-and-tumble Jordie Benn in exchange for a 2021 sixth round draft pick.
Having spent the majority of his career with Dallas, the left-shooting defender is in his 10th season within the NHL, having also previously played for the Montreal Canadiens (2017-19). The 33-year-old has struggled in Vancouver, putting up just two goals and 16 points in 75 total regular season contests.
Through 548 total NHL games, Benn has 24 goals, 126 points and 222 penalty minutes. He also has three assists and 12 penalty minutes in 20 postseason appearances. However, it isn’t Benn’s offence that has drawn a liking from Chevy and Co., it is moreso his play defensively and his calming presence on a rather youthful blueline.
Able to play both sides, Benn should push for a top-four role within a blueline that also consists of Josh Morrissey, Neal Pionk, Tucker Poolman, Dylan DeMelo, Logan Stanley and Derek Forbort. Who draws out of the lineup is going to be a decision weighing on the shoulders of Jets’ head coach Paul Maurice.
Luckily for Winnipeg, Benn is coming from a team within Canada, which will not force a mandatory 14-day quarantine like the one experienced by incoming Pierre-Luc Dubois back in February. Benn is, however, coming from Vancouver, which is a team depleted by a recent bout with COVID-19 and a COVID variant strain. But luckily for Winnipeg, he has somehow not appeared on the team’s COVID-19 related absences list. He will make his way to Manitoba in the coming hours.