The Winnipeg Jets have reportedly made a business decision in their higher-ups. Kevin Cheveldayoff was extended by the team for three years. It was originally broken by Ken Wiebe on Twitter.
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) May 2, 2022
Kevin Cheveldayoff Extended By Jets
This is certainly an interesting extension by the Jets. In the offseason between the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 seasons, Cheveldayoff was hired by the Jets from the Chicago Blackhawks. In the 11 seasons since, the team has made the playoffs only five times and reached only one conference final. However, in all but one of those seasons, the team ended with over a 50% win percentage. This cycle of mediocrity has plagued the Jets since they moved to Winnipeg.
However, Cheveldayoff has made some good moves as general manager. Possibly his most impactful was the Pierre-Luc Dubois for Jack Roslovic and Patrik Laine trade back in January of 2021. In the October before, he acquired Paul Statsny from the Vegas Golden Knights. In January of 2020, he acquired Cody Eakin from Vegas as well. One of his more infamous trades is possibly the Jacob Trouba trade – acquiring Neal Pionk in the process.
What This Means For Winnipeg
With Kevin Cheveldayoff extended, this could mean three more years (at least) of the same for Jets fans. As the Central Division gets stronger, the Jets seem to only get weaker. When Connor Hellebuyck doesn’t play like a brick wall, the Jets struggle to win games. They finished with 89 points, good for sixth in the Central Division. They ended up eight points out of a wild card spot. Something needs to change, and soon, in Winnipeg if they want to be a playoff threat. However, it won’t be their GM that’s the change.