The Winnipeg Jets have been slowly building their team into a legitimate playoff contender for several years now thanks to the patient leadership of general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff, but now may be the time to put patience aside.
On Monday TSN insider Pierre LeBrun was asked about the possibility of the Jets finally making a big move on the trade front this season, and surprisingly he stated that he thinks now is the time when Cheveldayoff will pull the trigger.
"I think they’ll do it," said LeBrun as per Fanrag's Chris Nichols. "And I think they’re ready to spend some futures to get it done, which is something I think you would agree they probably weren’t ready to do in the last few years. But I think now they know that not every year sets up this way. And hopefully for the Jets the next four or five years sets up like this."
You know if Cheveldayoff is indeed willing to trade some futures to get it done it will be a big deal indeed if it does materialize, but what could the Jets GM be looking for? LeBrun had an answer for that as well:
“But I do think Chevedayoff will act if the price is right and I think he would trade for a center.”
Obviously the biggest name out there at the center position is New York Islanders captain John Tavares, but he does have an 8-team no trade list as part of his current contract and star players often shun the Winnipeg market.
Thankfully for the Jets there are a number of interesting, if less spectacular, options still available out there as well. However when it comes to a general manager that moves as slowly and as quietly as Cheveldayoff what player he may be targeting is impossible to guess.