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Jets GM is making calls, takings calls — but is change coming?

Dec 18, 2013, 11:54 AM EDT

Kevin Cheveldayoff

Kevin Cheveldayoff may be frustrated, and he’s willing to make a move if the right one presents itself. But the Jets’ general manager isn’t going to make a change just for the sake of change.

“On this side of it, you make calls, you take calls, you’re always looking and talking to different people within the game, other managers, your scouts,” Cheveldayoff said, per the Winnipeg Free Press.

“There are multiple, easy avenues that seem like they’re the way to go but there are 30 teams in this league that are doing the same thing and trying to effect that ultimate goal and that’s to win the Stanley Cup.”

The Jets seem pretty far away from that ultimate goal these days. After a good win Monday in Columbus, they blew a 2-0 lead last night in Buffalo, eventually falling 4-2 to the Sabres, aka the worst team in the NHL.

Firing coach Claude Noel would be the easiest change for Cheveldayoff to make. But then, is the coach really the problem?

A big trade would shake things up as well. But mid-season swaps are typically tougher to make, and they’re especially tough this season with so many teams up against the salary cap.

After 36 games, Winnipeg sits 10 points back of the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference. According to Sports Club Stats, the Jets have a 1.6 percent chance of making the postseason. Which is to say, if Cheveldayoff is realistic, 2013-14 may be beyond salvaging in terms of making the playoffs.

But if he holds off on any major change before the season ends and his team does indeed miss the playoffs (again), staying inactive during the summer may not be an option in a city that’s moved beyond the excitement of having its hockey team back. The fans want results now.

  1. kingcobraman - Dec 18, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    its gonna hurt but should consider trading Kane….would give a whole new look to the team…

  2. pavelfitzgerald - Dec 18, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    It would definitely give the team a whole new look, but that doesn’t mean it’s a good thing.
    Byfuglien & Kane are the only players who have elite potential. You simply can’t trade them.
    I know it’s not sexy but this team needs to stay the course & build through the draft. There was little talent on this team coming from Atlanta & the farm club cupboards were bare (thanks Dudley!). Trouba looks like he could be the best player from his draft class & Schieffle has looked very good as of late (something like 10 points in his last 12). Stay the course & be patient Jets fans.

    • withseidelinn - Dec 18, 2013 at 1:49 PM

      Trouba is not the best player out of that draft.

    • kingcobraman - Dec 18, 2013 at 2:30 PM

      Kane is definitely not a happy jet except on payday… that displeasure even if not said brings down the team…

  3. joey4id - Dec 18, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    Hmm! How secure is Noel? Replacing him has to be an option at this point. There are dead last in their div.

  4. pavelfitzgerald - Dec 18, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    I never said that he “is” the best player in the draft – I said he “could be”.

    Hertl had a good start but has cooled off. Galchenyuk has been good in Montreal, Lindholm has played well in Anaheim & Tom Wilson has contributed in Washington but isn’t in the conversation with these young lads.

    So again, Trouba could be the best player out of that draft. He has not played a few years yet like Galchenyuk off & isn’t able to get flashy points like Hertl as a d-man. Trouba is playing 20+ minutes every night, in every situation & looks like a man out there despite being 19.

  5. blackhawks1982 - Dec 18, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    The blackhawks are going to get big buff back and push for back to back Stanley Cup Champs. Just Sayin…….

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