With the Winnipeg Jets having established themselves unequivocally as a top-five team in the league, they’re firmly in the “buyers” column ahead of the Feb. 26 NHL Trade Deadline. Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff, instead of waiting for fellow GMs to reach out to him, is making a concerted effort to see if there’s anything out there that could potentially help his team go on a deep playoff run. “There are a lot of outgoing phone calls in the situation we’re in, more than incoming,” Cheveldayoff told Tim Campbell of NHL.com. “When you’re in a situation like we’re in, that we’ve earned the opportunity to look around to see if you can acquire, you maybe are a little more proactive about the outgoing calls than the incoming ones.” It’s a relatively unfamiliar position Cheveldayoff finds himself in. The Jets have only qualified for the post-season once, in 2015, and that’s really the only time they’ve been buyers at the deadline. That year they acquired rental players Jiri Tlusty and Lee Stempniak, but the current edition of the Jets is much healthier than the Jets team from three seasons ago. “At that time, we made some assessments that we needed to add some players to fill in our bottom six, our fourth line, to allow [head coach Paul Maurice] to play four lines,” Cheveldayoff said. “I think if we did nothing from an acquisition standpoint [this year], I think we have a much greater depth within our organization. If you ultimately want to win the prize, you might need more depth because I’m not sure you ever have enough depth so those are things you assess. When the roster is healthy, we have tremendous confidence in it.” Cheveldayoff was named GM of the Jets in 2011, prior to the franchise’s inaugural season in Winnipeg. He has made 24 total trades since then, but the vast majority of which have been of little consequence.
Jets GM making ‘a lot of outgoing phone calls’ ahead of trade deadline
Sportsnet | Feb 21