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by Paul on 05/30/14 at 11:46 AM ET
from Tim Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press,
Thursday at the league's draft and scouting combine, Winnipeg Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff sounded like he's very interested in those discussions.
Now that's not to say the Jets GM is sure he'll soon make a trade but we can tell you at no time did he raise the idea standing pat was a good way to the future.
"After all the review since the season ended, are you in a dealing mood?" was the question Cheveldayoff was asked.
"For all the changes happening in the league, I think there's a strong appetite among teams to want to talk about making changes," he said, noting there are seven new GMs in place. "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.
"And that's leading a lot of teams to think they might have to make a trade to do something, as opposed to simply relying on free agency. Not that we've been huge players in free agency in the past, but I can say it hasn't been for lack of wanting to be."
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