That all but means centre Jim Slater, who suffered a rib injury on Tuesday in Denver and missed the last two games, will be healthy enough to play when the Jets begin a four-game road trip on Wednesday in Montreal.
The fact he’s still with the organization despite all of that turnover says something about his skills, or perhaps more so his character. He’s never had a contract longer than two years, but he’s entering his seventh season with the franchise. He was on his way to a career-best point total last season, but a concussion ended his season after just 36 games.
Slater fits the role of a perfect fourth line center. The former 30th overall pick never posted more than 20 points in a season which indicates his lack of fantasy hockey value.