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Winnipeg signs GM Cheveldayoff to contract extension

Sep 18, 2013, 10:33 AM EDT

Kevin Cheveldayoff

After a huge offseason spending spree, Kevin Cheveldayoff will be sticking around to see how it plays out.

On Wednesday, the Winnipeg Jets announced they’d agreed to terms with their GM on a two-year contract extension.

Cheveldayoff originally signed a five-year contract with the Jets and is headed into year three of said deal. It was obvious the organization didn’t want to see him go, as it has locked Cheveldayoff up through the 2017-18 campaign.

The 43-year-old has served in the GM’s role since the club moved from Atlanta in 2011 and was the man behind the aforementioned spending spree, dropping $93 million to secure the services of Zach Bogosian, Bryan Little and Blake Wheeler.

Prior to his time in Winnipeg, Cheveldayoff was the assistant GM in Chicago and part of the Hawks’ Cup-winning team in 2010.

No word yet on the length of extension, or the financial terms involved. Cheveldayoff will meet with the media later today, where he’s likely to face a number of questions about the Jets’ playoff aspirations.

Though they’ve posted solid numbers during Cheveldayoff’s tenure (an overall record of 61-56-13 and a 0.519 winning percentage), the haven’t made the playoffs since the 2007 season, as the Thrashers.

  1. phillyphanatic77 - Sep 18, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    He certainly overpaid to resign his key, young pieces, but that seems to be the way the league is trending. Overall, he’s done a pretty respectable job. Not a lot of ppl give them a chance this season but after watching them play quite a bit the last two seasons I will say that you can’t underestimate players like Andrew Ladd and Blake Wheeler. And Pavelec gets a lot of hate for his inconsistency, but I’ve seem him come up with a few stellar performances (and a few clunkers). I don’t think they make the playoffs, but they’ll be more competitive than the experts think.

  2. hockeycoach1 - Sep 18, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Actually he has a .519 PTS %. His Winning % is an unimpressive .469% 61 wins 69 losses. An OTL is still a loss no matter how the NHL tries to pretend otherwise

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