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Chevy's Closure

Winnipeg Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff, talked to media Wednesday, to share his thoughts on the 2012-13 season.

Wednesday, 01.05.2013 / 9:26 PM / News Articles
By Kristi Hennessy  - Coordinator, Web Content

Winnipeg Jets General Manager, Kevin Cheveldayoff, addressed local media at the MTS Centre on Wednesday morning. He answered some questions and shared his thoughts and comments on the 2012-13 Jets’ season and what’s in store for the upcoming summer.

“This year was a very unique year,” said Cheveldayoff. “From a team standpoint it was interesting, at times, trying as well. It was a season like no other. The magnitude of each and every game was tough to quantify. Every game that you played meant something in the standings.”

After the season came to a close last Thursday night, Chevy met with the coaching staff and the team one last time before breaking for the off-season.

“I talked to them about the fact that game 1 matters, game 2 matters, game 7 matters, game 15, 25, whatever… it matters,” he said. “That could have been the one game or two games or three games that would have given us the points that we needed to get in and get where we wanted to be.

“We need to continue to find a way to get better.”

Cheveldayoff stressed the term consistency and the desire to find it for next season, in order to become a team that will get above that playoff line. He said it all starts with being able to use four lines night in, and night out.

“When we could roll four lines, when we didn’t have to rely on the number-one line or the number-two line as much on a consistent basis, I think if you charted the games and the minutes, there’s probably a good correlation of us going on winning-streaks.

“It goes back to consistency,” he said. “You can’t get into the ruts. You can’t put yourself in the situation where you have to rely on going on a run. You have to find a way to say ‘I’m not going to lose two games in a row’. That has to be how you can get out of those inconsistent funks.”

So with that said, what does this team need and is there any one specific thing or area that they need to improve on in order to find that consistency?

“You can point fingers at a lot of different people and different things but at the end of the day, it’s the ultimate team game,” he said. “Can you get 10% better here and there? If we did that, then we’d be talking about our first round opponent right now.”

Off-season Plans

There are more than a few players who will become unrestricted and restricted free agents come July 5th, leaving Cheveldayoff with enough on his plate to keep him busy this summer- and then some. He told media that although the negotiations with the UFA’s and RFA’s have not begun quite yet, they are well aware of the work ahead.

“It’s a different summer in a lot of cases,” he reiterated. “It’s the first year in a long time when the salary cap at the NHL level is coming down. With respect to us, we have several RFA’s that are very much priorities in trying to get into fold. There are various terms and lengths so there is a lot of work to be done there.

“From a UFA standpoint, there’ll be decisions and discussions. There are options for some players that we want back and options for some players that want to explore things on their own.”

Chevy also discussed the possibility of looking for opportunities with players outside the Winnipeg organization, to see if there may be a fit somewhere.

“We think there’ll be some movement,” he explained. “There will be some opportunities there, but will they be the right ones that match what we’re offering or what they’re looking for? That’s the interesting part of the summer. I’ll spend a lot of time contacting my counterparts to see where they want to take their teams and what they have coming on the horizon.”

Young Guns- Scheifele & Trouba

Cheveldayoff also shared his thoughts on the 2011 and 2012 Jets draft picks: Mark Scheifele and Jacob Trouba.

Trouba was invited to Team USA’s training camp at the World Championship tournament in Helsinki, Finland. Cheveldayoff will head to Finland in a couple of days to evaluate him amongst others throughout the event.

Meanwhile, Mark Scheifele finished 13th in OHL scoring with 39 goals, and 79 points in 45 games with the Barrie Colts. Scheifele and the Colts flew through the first two rounds of the OHL playoffs, sweeping the Kingston Frontenacs and the Oshawa Generals.

They moved on to play the Belleville Bulls in the Eastern Conference Finals and were forced to play seven games, after Belleville battled back from a 3-1 series deficit. Scheifele contributed a pair of assists to help lift his team to an OHL Championship round, where they will face the London Knights, beginning on May 3rd.

“I had the opportunity to watch Scheifele play in the early series against Belleville,” said Chevy. “He’s having a great playoffs and certainly some good results there, but training camp will be a very interesting time for both of those players. The opportunity will be there for them to (in Scheifele’s case) turn pro now, and in Jacob’s case a first opportunity for him at training camp.”

Message to the fans

Cheveldayoff left Jets fans with the following closing remarks:

“You don’t know when the magic move is going to happen,” said the GM. “We appreciate your (Jets fans) passion, that’s what it’s all about. With respect to our fans, we care about them and know they are deeply invested in us. We know they pay hard earned money to watch us play and want to be entertained, and they want to win. There’s not a moment that goes by that I don’t think about that.

“There’s not a day that we don’t think about how we’re going to make this team better and what we are going to do different? Whenever there is an opportunity in front of us that we feel can help us, we’re going to do it. “

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Wheeler 82 28 41 4 69
B. Little 82 23 41 8 64
D. Byfuglien 78 20 36 -20 56
A. Ladd 78 23 31 8 54
O. Jokinen 82 18 25 -8 43
M. Frolik 81 15 27 8 42
E. Kane 63 19 22 -7 41
M. Scheifele 63 13 21 9 34
T. Enstrom 82 10 20 -9 30
J. Trouba 65 10 19 4 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Montoya 13 8 3 .920 2.30
O. Pavelec 22 26 7 .901 3.01