Winnipeg, MB, Canada (4E Sports) – The Winnipeg Jets extended general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff’s contract for two more years, taking him through the 2017-18 season.
Cheveldayoff has a 61-56-13 record since he signed a five-year contract in 2011 after the Atlanta Thrashers relocated to Winnipeg.
His work over the past three drafts impressed Jets chairman Mark Chipman, particularly in 2011 when the organization took to the draft floor only three weeks after relocating.
” It has just been a very thoughtful, deliberate process that continues to give me confidence,” Chipman said of Cheveldayoff’s execution
Cheveldayoff has signed Zach Bogosian, Tobias Enstrom, Evander Kane, Bryan Little, Ondrej Pavelec and Blake Wheeler to long-term deals as the organization continues its rebuilding process.
The Jets have also added center Mark Scheifele and defenseman Jacob Trouba as first-round selections via the NHL Draft, and both players appear to be nearly NHL-ready.
The Jets have made drafting a top priority, something Cheveldayoff believes will build depth, create competition and breed the sort of winning attitude and culture.
“Our plan is very simple. It is about reinvestment in our organization from top to bottom, from facilities to player personnel to key management,” said Chipman.
Cheveldayoff inherited a club that had not qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs since 2007, and Chipman emphasized that it absolutely is 100 percent is their expectation.