An NHL source confirmed to The Sun on Friday afternoon that Charlie Huddy has agreed to become an assistant coach on Claude Noel’s staff.
Huddy spent the past two seasons with the Dallas Stars and has 12 seasons as an NHL assistant on his resume.
The former NHL defenceman — and five-time Stanley Cup winner — is known as a an excellent communicator he should help aid the continued development of Zach Bogosian, Dustin Byfuglien and company.
Huddy also worked with Portland Pirates head coach Ray Edwards (who was in Winnipeg for an interview Thursday and is a prime candidate to work with the Jets’ forwards) with the Huntington Blizzard of the ECHL back in 1997-98.
WHEELER DEALIN: The Jets and Blake Wheeler have until August 3 to get a new deal done.
Otherwise, the two sides will be heading for arbitration and generally speaking, that process is never fun for either the winner or loser.
Wheeler, a restricted free agent, filed for arbitration before Monday’s deadline but is hoping avoid the process.
Wheeler, who turns 25 next month, had 18 goals and 44 points in 81 games with the Boston Bruins and Atlanta Thrashers last season.
Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff said Friday there was no update on negotiations as he spent much of the day finalizing a deal for Winkler product Eric Fehr.
MCNAMARA JOINING FRAY? The Jets haven’t made any additions to their hockey operations staff, but Bob McNamara could soon be coming on board.
McNamara spent the past 15 seasons as the general manager of the Grand Rapids Griffins, guiding the club to a record of 627-448-135, to go along with five division titles and two regular season championships.
McNamara was a goalie on the 1987-88 Milwaukee Admirals team that included forward — and current Jets head coach — Claude Noel.
McNamara resigned from is position with the Griffins on June 22 to pursue other opportunities in the hockey world.