Shane Doan is the only player left from Winnipeg of 1995-96. He has never been traded and next season he will be playing against Winnipeg.
I'm sure that Doan would love to go back to Winnipeg, but at his current number I'm not sure that's going to happen until his contract is up.
Winnipeg has been slated by the talking heads of hockey as a mid-level budget team around $53-54 million as how much they're going to be able to spend. Additionally they've stated they won't be very aggressive with free-agency and will build through the draft. It's also been noted that it will be hard to lure players there and maybe keep players there because of the city and climate.
They've got almost $36 million dollars locked up for next season for 15 players leaving about $18 million.
Their first major test is going to be if they can get Andrew Ladd to sign a reasonable extension.
He is the team captain and it will be interesting to see if he wants to play in Winnipeg.
Then they've got make decisions on Wheeler, Maxwell, Schremp, Steward, Bogosian and Feasterling as RFAs.
Dvorak, Boulton, and Meyer as UFAs.
Nikolai Antropov ($4.062m) / Evander Kane ($3.100m) / Bryan Little ($2.383m)
Alexander Burmistrov ($1.500m) / Jim Slater ($1.000m) / Chris Thorburn ($0.866m)
Patrice Cormier ($0.854m) / Tim Stapleton ($0.525m)
Dustin Byfuglien ($5.200m) / Ron Hainsey ($4.500m)
Tobias Enstrom ($3.750m) / Johnny Oduya ($3.500m)
Mark Stuart ($1.700m)
Chris Mason ($1.850m) / Ondrej Pavelec ($1.150m)
Budget: $54,000,000; CAP PAYROLL: $35,941,666; BONUSES: $3,087,500
CAP SPACE (15-man roster): $18,058,334