Chevy keeping steady trigger finger No rush to make deal, but always on lookout

Winnipeg Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff said Sunday he’s got a much better handle on his team than at the start of the NHL season, but he’s not done evaluating.

In other words, those impatient for changes to the Jets’ lineup will likely have to wait a while longer.

“We’re in the same situation as many teams,” Cheveldayoff said after 41 games have yielded a record of 20-16-5 for his team. “We’re always looking to see what’s available out there.

“We’re always having conversations but to the extent that someone’s ready to pull the trigger, those things really aren’t planned. They evolve.

“Sometimes the opportunities present themselves and you feel you have to act. But there haven’t been any of those come up yet. To say when and where, that’s hard to speculate.”

The rookie GM was eager to say that he has liked what he has seen in terms of his young team’s growth.

“Growth from both individuals and from team play,” he said. “There are tremendous positives in those areas. When you’re there daily, maybe you don’t see the growth as easily. But when you step away from the team, then come back and watch, you can see the different areas that the team has progressed in.

“We’re getting to know our own team, these people. After 41 games, you have a really good handle on the personalities of all the players, have a handle on their games and from a growth perspective, you get to see where some of these guys are going.

“And in the standings, we’re in the thick of things. We’d like to be higher. When you’re well in it, you’d like to be on top. And when you’re on top, you’re still looking to improve.”

As for the entire organization’s status halfway through the season, Cheveldayoff said the Jets have caught up in many areas after a frenzied summer that saw the franchise move from Atlanta in a very short time frame.

17 Responses to Chevy keeping steady trigger finger No rush to make deal, but always on lookout

  1. reinjosh says:

    "    Other teams say the Ducks are not interested in a rebuild. If deals are made, they will be modeled on the Flyers from last summer — adding pieces to make a run now. One exec told me he thinks the price for Ryan Getzlaf (and more on him in a moment) will be two roster players, an A-level prospect and a first-rounder. The two roster players would be necessary to offset the salary, and one of them would have to be significant. It's a high price."

    That's what Elliotte Friedman is saying about the cost.
    Would you give up Schenn, Kulemin, Colborne, 1st for Getzlaf?
  2. hockey_lover says:

    I think you have to man.  Players like Getzlaf arent available all the time.  Although, it may be a BIT of an overpayment.

    Problem with the Leafs is .. they have their good players and their plugs. They dont have THAT much middle of the line stuff. I think Schenn and Kulemin is a bit much. One of those and then a bit of a lesser guy .. but who?

    I think Colborne and the 1st is right though.

  3. dumbassdoorman says:

    I think I would….we now have enough potentionally good young prospects to take a chance, lover boy(lol…sorry had to)
     is right they don't come along often at all.

  4. reinjosh says:

    I would probably pay that much. Definitely if we can keep Kulemin and give someone else. We could probably push that 1st back if we keep it the same though. 

    Who less to give up instead of Kulemin though? I'm not sure we really have any other forwards less than that. Lombardi I suppose but I doubt they want the potential concussion issues there and the prospect of having 4 million sitting on the sidelines. Maybe Frattin? Although I feel like Burke might value him pretty high. Maybe just knock the first of all together? 
  5. blaze says:

    Swap Kuli for MacArthur and sure.

  6. hockey_lover says:

    Well Blaze made a good suggestion. Macarthur.

    I think we all know that Kulemin is in a HUGE slump and that his upside is WAY higher than Clarke's and that Clarke is playing a bit above his level. He is just in that right "fit" with the Leafs but I dont believe he is as good as his stats make him out to be. I liken it to John Leclaire. Started with Montreal and was decent, but nothing spectacular. Gets traded to Philly and BLAMO .. he's a stud. I think its the same with Clarke. He is in the right place at the right time but trade him to say Minnesota .. and he isnt nearly as good.  Im not knocking the guy as he is playing really well right now. Just saying.

    At the end of the day, I think Schenn/Kulemin, Macarthur, Colborne, 1st works. But not both Schenn and Kulemin.

  7. TheLeafNation91 says:

    Agreed. Were not very deep in the grit forward pool…Which is why were pretty soft, so if I could switch Mac for Kuli then hell yeah.

    As well, I think they would want Mac more since he is not going to be a RFA or UFA (he's signed for the next two seasons) and he seems to be poised to be a career 20-20 guy.

  8. TheLeafNation91 says:

    Rookie of the year. Y'all probably have RNH winning it…But do you know which rookie has been better then him?

    Adam Henrique. Similar offensive numbers…However, Henrique has a better faceoff percentage, does all of the PK for the Devils (Has 3 shorthanded goals), and more game winning goals then RNH.

    He's been great…I don't think NJ is the same team without him.

    He deserves the Calder at the halfway point.

  9. reinjosh says:

    I like that idea. MacA is definitely someone I would trade. And I sort of agree with you on the fact that he's just doing well in Toronto and may not do as well elsewhere. But yes I would do that trade. Schenn/Kulemin, MacArthur, Colborne, 1st

  10. reinjosh says:

    I would agree with you actually. Henrique has been huge for the Devils. I would think the only argument RNH has is that he's done his offense withtwo second year players while Henrique has had the luxury of playing with Kovy and Parise.

  11. blaze says:

    Solid pick, he's having a great year so far.

  12. hockeylegend488 says:

    Obviously RNH is the calder nominee. plus with kovee and parise anyone could ac*****ulate points. 

  13. TheLeafNation91 says:

    Still think the Leafs need to change their "goal horn" song?

    It's propably bottom-five in the league.

  14. 93killer93 says:

    As per Hockeybreak, Anaheim had scouts at the Leafs vs Sabres game.  

    Getzlaf, Holland, MacMillan
    Gunnarsson, Grabovski, MacArthur, Colborne, 1st
    Doherty, Hamilton, Clowe
    Holzer, Crescenzi, Lombardi, Frattin, MacMillan
  15. mapleleafsfan says:

    Grabo has 0 value to anaheim as he is UFA at the end of the year. Replace Grabo with schenn and that may get it done (and I'd do it for sure if it was enough). 

    Stewarts value is also higher than kule's.. He's younger, has higher upside and is struggling slightly less than kulie this year.. Not sure how much extra it would take. Maybe Kulie+Aulie for Stewart? or Kulie + a pick… Not sure really. 

    I really, really want clowe as well, but it takes more than that package. Can't see SJ trading him for prospects and spare parts seeing as they are in win-now mode. I'd say he's not getting traded unless it's for an upgrade – which the leafs can't really offer anyways. 
  16. mapleleafsfan says:

    Maybe something like: 

    Gunnar, MacA, Schenn, Colborne, 1st (maybe try to do it without Gunnar, don't know if that's enough though)
    Kulemin + Aulie
    And then maybe swing Grabo to the caps or hawks? Someone in of a 2nd line C for a defenceman.. Not sure what D to target from either of them though… How much would we have to add to grabo to get alzner? or is he completely untouchable?
    If Minnesota falls out of it completely I'd love Cal Clutterbuck on that third line instead of Clowe (assuming Clowes untouchable).. Doubt Clutterbuck is available regardless but a Clutterbuck-Bozak-Armstrong 3rd would be deadly to play against. Also like to target bolland as he seems to have fallen out of favour with some hawks fans.. Maybe he doesn't produce in the regular season that well but he's perfect for shutting down in the playoffs. Getz-Connolly-Bolland-Steckel down the middle would be very nice.   
  17. thisgamewelose says:

    True, but earlier in the season, RNH was the guy driving the Oilers forward on that huge winning streak they had.  Unfortunately, they've gotten some injuries and although nobody has missed that much time, those players have missed games at separate times.

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