Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff remains coy on his off-season plans, while the Flames will seek a gritty center.
WINNIPEG SUN: Paul Friesen reports Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff revealed little about his off-season plans for his club, declining to say if he’ll re-sign coach Claude Noel (who has a year remaining on his contract) to an extension, let alone which (if any) of his UFAs he’ll re-sign. Friesen doesn’t expect Noel will be fired as he kept the Jets in the playoff chase up until the final week of the regular season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No one should be surprised Cheveldayoff, like most GMs, is keeping his cards close to the vest heading into the off-season. Still, it’s apparent some changes are needed. They must land more scoring punch on their second line, and I would suggest a little more veteran skill and leadership on their checking lines is required. The only certainties is RFAs Zach Bogosian, Blake Wheeler and Bryan Little will be re-signed. For further analysis on the Jets off-season plans, check out my recent THN.com column.
CALGARY SUN: Eric Francis recently reported Flames GM Jay Feaster will continue his search for a gritty center this summer, noting he unsuccessfully attempted to sign then-UFA Brandon Prust before he ultimately signed with the Montreal Canadiens. Feaster also hopes to add more physicality to his blueline and hopes his additional cap space will allow him to be more prominent in this summer’s free agent market.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Feaster doesn’t believe the club’s rebuilding process will hamper his efforts to bolster his club via free agency. I’d suggest his cap space and willingness to use it will be more of a selling point.