With Rick Dudley out of the picture as GM of the new Winnipeg NHL franchise, the next leading candidate and potential GM goes by the name of Kevin Cheveldayoff.
True North Sports & Entertainment was given permission to talk to Cheveldayoff about the vacant GM position in Winnipeg, and many—including TSN's Darren Dreger via Twitter—say he will be named as soon as later this week.
Cheveldayoff is well-known in the Chicago area for his hockey expertise as a general manager of the IHL and later AHL Chicago Wolves. He took the job in 1997 and stayed with the Wolves until the 2009-10 season, when he was promoted to assistant GM with the Chicago Blackhawks.
During his tenure in Chicago hockey, Cheveldayoff won five league championships, including the 1998 and 2000 IHL Turner Cup, the 2002 and 2008 Calder Cup, and the 2010 Stanley Cup.
Cheveldayoff was originally a defenseman selected No. 16 overall by the New York Islanders, but never played a game in the NHL. He played four seasons in the AHL with the Capital District Islanders and Salt Lake Golden Eagles.
Craig Ramsay's Future Hangs in the Balance with Announcement of GM
Once the GM is in place, head coach Craig Ramsay's future will be decided.
If Cheveldayoff becomes GM, his first order of business will be his coaching staff. Ramsay led the Thrashers to a strong start, but the team faltered later in the season, ending with a 34-36-12 record, which wasn't good enough for a playoff berth.