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Jets GM the latest to suggest it’ll be a busy summer trade market

May 30, 2014, 10:55 AM EDT

Kevin Cheveldayoff

Another day, another general manager suggesting this offseason could see plenty of deals.

This time it’s Winnipeg GM Kevin Cheveldayoff, who told the Free Press he expects some serious trade talks among teams this summer, adding that the Jets are already having those conversations.

“For all the changes happening in the league, I think there’s a strong appetite among teams to want to talk about making changes,” Cheveldayoff explained. “We are certainly in that mix of talking, to find out if there’s a way to trade, whether it’s a big asset, a middle asset, whatever asset. You sit and talk to see if there’s a chance that something can fit with something you’re looking for.

“I think with this year’s crop of free agents, you’re really starting to see where the trend of locking up players for long term has lessened the number of players that would have otherwise entered free agency.”

Cheveldayoff isn’t alone in his thinking.

Two weeks ago, Dallas GM Jim Nill said he expected “there could be a lot of moves” at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft — to be held in Philly on June 27-28 — because of teams looking to move salaries. That came after Florida GM Dale Tallon said he’d “definitely” be shopping the first overall selection at the draft, which was followed by Isles GM Garth Snow saying his club would “absolutely” be willing to move the No. 5 pick.

It’s also worth noting that summer trades could occur in large part to all the new GMs across the league. Buffalo’s Tim Murray, Calgary’s Brad Treliving, Carolina’s Ron Francis, Philly’s Ron Hextall, Pittsburgh’s Jason Botterill (interim), Vancouver’s Jim Benning and Washington’s Brian MacLellan are heading into their first drafts and free agency periods in charge, and could be looking to either stamp their mark on their respective clubs… or try to undo their predecessors’ work.

  1. fightingwild - May 30, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    If Big Buff is in Shape I am sure the Wild would take a flyer on him. The Wild could use another big defenseman.

    • mactruck27 - May 30, 2014 at 12:29 PM

      Big Buff is almost never in shape, but that doesn’t ever really stop him.

  2. lbeezyse - May 30, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    I would love Buff on the Wild. His flexibility to play d or wing would be a huge asset. + we need that big body to park in front of the net. Bring him home Fletch. Way better option than Vanek.

  3. mnwildfan15 - May 30, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    Koivu for buff and Kane

    • fightingwild - May 30, 2014 at 11:58 AM

      That is not going to happen, most likely Backs, Koivu & Zucker/El Nino

    • moarjam - May 30, 2014 at 12:12 PM

      Haha yeah right

      • fightingwild - May 30, 2014 at 12:25 PM

        In all honesty I doubt Koivu goes anywhere. I get the feeling he is a lifer on the Wild. However I think Backs will be a throw in as far as any trade coming up. I also think Zucker will be traded as they just don’t seem happy with his progress, especially on defense.

      • lbeezyse - May 30, 2014 at 1:37 PM

        I’d have no problem with Backs, Koivu, Zucker and a pick going to Winn for Buff & Kane. It’s basically a wash for each team clearing contracts with the Jets picking up a prospect with little future with the Wild and a 3-4th round pick. I think both sides would walk away happy with this deal.

  4. djshnooks - May 30, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    Sorry, Evander Kane is coming to Buffalo.

    He was their main target on trade deadline day, I know from someone in the room. It couldn’t be done and was considered, “tabled until the draft.” I’m calling it now. I also don’t like what the Sabres would have to part with…starting with Myers/Ennis.

  5. mendenhallfumblemachine - May 30, 2014 at 12:43 PM

    Or more likely Kane will go nowhere. Winnipeg needs talent as it is, don’t give it away unless you get overpaid.

  6. hosewater2 - May 30, 2014 at 1:08 PM

    Cap going up will be the biggest trade stimulus.

  7. darksidecowboy - May 30, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    Dallas and Jim Nill will make another blockbuster Seguin trade and make the NHL tremble! GO STARS!!!

  8. pavelfitzgerald - May 31, 2014 at 8:50 AM

    How could “both sides be happy with that deal”?!?!?

    Where’s the value for Winnipeg. I don’t think Minny has/is willing to give up the assets for a player like Kane. Winnipeg isn’t going to give him away for free. This isn’t NHL ’14 .. ..

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