True North on hook for Dudley buyout
Former Thrashers GM paid out $1 million
PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency
|Former Thrashers GM Rick Dudley will not be joining his team when they move to Winnipeg. (BRUCE BENNETT/Getty Images/AFP)
WINNIPEG - Landing Kevin Cheveldayoff as its first NHL general manager will cost True North Sports and Entertainment.
Thatís because the Winnipeg organization had to first buy out Rick Dudley, the former Atlanta Thrashers GM, to the tune of $1 million, a source told the Sun.
Dudley had recently signed a four-year contract extension with the Thrashers at a salary of some $800,000 per season.
Depending on the specific wording of his deal, Dudley could have been in line for as much as the entire amount, or $3.2 million.
However, negotiations between him and True North likely produced the lesser settlement.
Word is Cheveldayoff, assistant GM of the Chicago Blackhawks the last two years, will likely start at a similar salary.
Itís believed the Blackhawks were willing to match True Northís offer to keep him.
However, the prospect of becoming a full-fledged GM is likely to override Cheveldayoffís desire to stay in Chicago.
Cheveldayoff could be formally introduced as early as Tuesday.
It appears True North will be taking on very little, if any, of the Thrashers front office.
Itís anticipated head coach Craig Ramsay will not be retained, although Ramsay told the Sun he was still waiting for word on his future, Monday.
Manitoba Moose bench boss Claude Noel is likely the top contender for the job.
And word around the league is director of amateur scouting and player development, Dan Marr, will not be heading the teamís contingent at the entry draft, June 24-25 in St. Paul, Minn.
The Winnipeg franchise has the seventh overall pick.