Chevrolet has lots of bullets in the air – .

Chevrolet has lots of bullets in the air – .

The NHL’s annual three-track circus has officially arrived, with teams doing all kinds of juggling and salary gymnastics in an effort to reach new heights. And the man in the middle of the action for the Winnipeg Jets admits it’s even more dizzying than usual this summer.

Come closer, Kevin Cheveldayoff.

“I would say it’s best described as a lot of balls in the air,” the Jets general manager said Thursday in a wide-ranging Zoom conversation. “Every decision affects another decision affects another decision, whether it’s position, cap, free agency or trade, so this is one of those things where you have to be methodical in the process. . ”

Winnipeg Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff has a lot of work to do during the NHL offseason. (Mikaela MacKenzie / Winnipeg Free Press files)

The Seattle Kraken expansion draft is now in the rear view mirror, the one that saw Winnipeg bid farewell to young forward Mason Appleton on Wednesday.

“It was a tough call for Mason to tell him he was a selection,” Cheveldayoff said.

“On the eve of the draft, we end up losing a player who was drafted, who went through our development process, who became a key contributor to the American League, and then a strong and key contributor to the National Hockey League. kind of highlights what this weekend’s process is (the NHL Draft). I am proud of the way Mason has come through the organization and wish him all the best. It creates a hole in our alignment, for sure we’re obviously exploring the different ways to fix that right now. ”

“It was a difficult call for Mason to tell him that he was a selection. “
– Winnipeg Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff on Mason Appleton’s loss to the Seattle Kraken in the expanson NHL Draft

The Jets will try to build the prospect pool starting Friday night when they have the 17th pick overall as well as three subsequent round selections. This year is a bigger roll of the dice than most, with young players in North America and Europe seeing limited action due to the global pandemic.


Mason Appleton (right) is now a member of the Seattle Kraken. (Fred Greenslade Files / The Canadian Press)

“It was definitely a challenge. We had some scouts who were luckier than others and were able to get live views. But man, oh man, a lot of videos, a lot, a lot of videos, ”Cheveldayoff said. “There are going to be some good players. It will be an interesting process. Is it going to be as tight as it once was? I do not know. There are some good players in our lineup out there that we would love to be very happy to have. Some of the players that we have selected in the past in this lineup have become very good players for our organization at the moment. ”

Once this event is over, the Jets will jump straight into the Free Agent Frenzy, which begins next Wednesday. And this is where the immediate appearance of the list could really change.

Cheveldayoff said the blue line was an area of ​​interest, although they dodged a bullet a bit this week when stopping defender Dylan DeMelo was not selected by the Kraken. Him, along with Logan Stanley, Josh Morrissey, Neal Pionk and bright young prospects such as Ville Heinola and Dylan Samberg are the current and future core.


The Jets dodged a ball when they left Dylan DeMelo (center) exposed in the expansion draft, but forward Mason Appleton was selected instead. (John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press files)

“There has to be an opportunity that makes sense in front of us. There are a lot of names that people think would be a perfect fit, but the fit has to be the right thing for both parties, ”Cheveldayoff said. trades or the signature of UFA.

“Again, that will also be a function of the cap. There isn’t a lot of dollars that we can move around or do different things with that respect. We have to give some value to the young players that we have in the organization and put them next to what a potential free agent might look like and see where things are going in 20, 30, 40 games. Would you be in a better position with these players having played this number of games and (winning) this amount of experience? ”

“There has to be an opportunity that makes sense in front of us. There are a lot of names that people think would be a perfect fit, but the fit has to be the right thing for both parties. “
– Cheveldayoff on potential transactions or UFA signatures

Cheveldayoff hasn’t ruled out picking up on some of his own pending UFAs, a long list that includes defenders Tucker Poolman and Derek Forbort, forwards Paul Stastny, Mathieu Perreault, Nate Thompson and Trevor Lewis, and the alternate goalkeeper. Laurent Brossoit. The Jets are also in the early stages of contract talks with restricted free agents Pionk and Andrew Copp, both of whom are expected to secure significant increases.

The Jets got a lot of calls ahead of the expansion draft regarding defenseman Logan Stanley.  (Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press files)

The Jets got a lot of calls ahead of the expansion draft regarding defenseman Logan Stanley. (Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press files)

There wasn’t a ton of what you might call breaking news from the usually tight-lipped Cheveldayoff, although he did reveal he had answered many inquiries about Stanley before. the expansion plan, which ultimately led the Jets to protect him against DeMelo.

“We had a lot of calls to Logan to see if we would be interested in trading him instead of potentially losing him, so we went through this process and it became very apparent that while Seattle was not the ultimate destination There were a lot of places that could have gone to Seattle in that regard, ”he said.

Cheveldayoff also reiterated that the Jets are still in ‘win now’ mode, after a third place finish in the all-Canadian division and a first-round playoff sweep from Edmonton that was quickly swept away by a four-game outing in Montreal. . Winnipeg will return to its familiar place in the Central Division for the next campaign.

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Posted: 5:57 PM Jul 22, 2021

Winnipeg Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff said he would cooperate with an ongoing investigation after two former Chicago Blackhawks players claimed they were sexually assaulted by a video coach in 2010 – for the organization to do so. covers.

Cheveldayoff, who was deputy general manager at Windy City at the time, made her first public comments on the affair involving Brad Aldrich on Thursday, more than a month after she started making headlines around the world. hockey.

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“We’ve been in this mode since the day we were able to re-sign Blake Wheeler. It was one of those things where if he had gone in free agency I think the organizing path would probably have gone in a different direction, ”Cheveldayoff said.

“We’ve had a lot of ups and downs and bumps and unforeseen things have happened to us along the way. Whether it was Bryan Little (injury), whether it was Buff (retirement), those types of situations where we had to kind of pivot on the fly, and we were able to make the playoffs while doing it. This urgency has been there from that moment and it continues to advance here. We are lucky to have a good group.

What happened along the way was that players like Kyle Connor and Nikolaj Ehlers really came out on top. Obviously, we made this decision several years ago to hand over the reins to Connor Hellebuyck and let him cut his teeth in the National Hockey League; this decision helped us get to where we are now with a winning goalkeeper from Vézina. So we hope that we can find ways to remedy it, but the opportunities must be present again. We hope we can find our way. ”

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Mike McIntyre


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