Kukla's Korner

Kukla's Korner Hockey

Winnipeg’s Moves So Far

From Ryan Kennedy at The Hockey News:

I wonder if in all the excitement of a “clean slate” and “starting over,” the folks at True North Sports threw out too many Thrashers with the bath water. The franchise had a respected veteran NHL GM in Rick Dudley and a coach to match in Craig Ramsay. They were replaced by a team with far less elite experience. Save for two years as the assistant GM of the Chicago Blackhawks, Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff’s resume is all AHL, as is his assistant GM’s, Craig Heisinger. Their choice for the Jets’ first bench boss was Claude Noel, whose only NHL head coaching experience came in 2009-10 as the interim bench boss in Columbus for 24 games.

Now it is true that simply recycling old talent is no guarantee of success, but it’s a bold move handing an NHL team over to an entirely AHL crew.

With all the best free agents already picked off, Winnipeg has yet to sign a signature player. The team has approximately $43 million committed to 20 players next year, meaning the Jets must spend $5 million more just to get to the salary cap floor. Re-signing restricted free agents Blake Wheeler and Zach Bogosian will get them there, but was this team moved across the continent to be a cap floor franchise?

more

Filed in: NHL Teams, Winnipeg Jets, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Comments

Avatar

The franchise had a respected veteran NHL GM in Rick Dudley and a coach to match in Craig Ramsay.

Is this a joke? He did a terrible job and was constantly giving away players and getting crap in return. Every “block buster” deal he made was always better for the person he was trading with. He was one of those guys who was definitely buddy buddy with certain GMs and helping them out greatly while he was destroying the team he was with and making it look like he was actually helping.

Posted by WesternRedWing from michigan on 07/08/11 at 04:20 PM ET

Alan's avatar

Is this a joke? He did a terrible job and

...

Clearly, the article states “Rick Dudley,” not “Don Waddell.”

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 07/08/11 at 06:04 PM ET

Avatar

They have nothing to worry about no matter what they do.  This honeymoon will last 10 years.

Posted by 13 user names on 07/08/11 at 06:27 PM ET

Avatar

Is this a joke? He did a terrible job and

...

Clearly, the article states “Rick Dudley,” not “Don Waddell.”

Whatever they are the same and niether are good. Please go ahead and list the major accomplishments both have done…I’ll wait

Posted by WesternRedWing from Michigan on 07/08/11 at 07:16 PM ET

Avatar

but was this team moved across the continent to be a cap floor franchise?

This is the key quote of the article, if Winnipeg won’t spend money now to get free agents when they have 5 year commitments from season ticket holders when will they?  Or did they try and none of the free agents wanted to go there? Or the economics add up to a small market team spending at the floor. Only time will tell.

Posted by timbits on 07/08/11 at 07:25 PM ET

SK77's avatar

Posted by timbits on 07/08/11 at 06:25 PM ET

Or perhaps they felt the majority of free agents this year weren’t worth going after and they didn’t feel like pulling a Florida?

It’s probably not a horrible idea for them to evaluate what they have for the first year before getting all crazy anyway.

Posted by SK77 on 07/08/11 at 08:32 PM ET

Baroque's avatar

Perhaps they will spend money on free agents next year, once they figure out what the heck they actually have on the team. They made so many big changes, it makes sense to see what the team actually looks like before they poke at it some more.

Posted by Baroque from Michigan on 07/08/11 at 08:55 PM ET

Avatar

Whatever they are the same and niether are good. Please go ahead and list the major accomplishments both have done…I’ll wait

He certainly did ok for himself in those trades with Chicago.  He got their captain Andrew Ladd for Ivan Vishnevskiy, now back in the KHL after failing to crack the NHL, and a 2011 2nd pick in Adam Clendening.  Pretty solid value there.

Posted by JBM on 07/08/11 at 10:18 PM ET

Add a Comment

Please limit embedded image or media size to 575 pixels wide.

Add your own avatar by joining Kukla's Korner, or logging in and uploading one in your member control panel.

Captchas bug you? Join KK or log in and you won't have to bother.

Smileys

Notify me of follow-up comments?

Feed

Most Recent Blog Posts

About Kukla's Korner Hockey

Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

Email Paul anytime at pk@kuklaskorner.com