Jets GM won't pull trigger

Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff isn't itching to pull the trigger on a trade to shake things up with the...

Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff isn't itching to pull the trigger on a trade to shake things up with the club off to a 4-6-1 start. (QMI Agency)

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:06 AM ET

WINNIPEG - Kevin Cheveldayoff might be a first-year NHL general manager but that doesn't mean he's itching to pull the trigger on a trade to shake things up.

So while the Winnipeg Jets are off to a 4-6-1 start and working their way out of the basement in the Southeast Division, the general manager isn't really looking to change things up at this time.

"Each and every team in this league is trying to get stronger in their own mind," said Cheveldayoff. "But at the end of the day, you spend more time worrying about yourself and worrying about your own individual team and them getting better. That's the formula for success, rather than trying to say we need this or we need that."

So don't look for Cheveldayoff to complete a blockbuster deal anytime soon.

"Trades only happen when there are two willing parties but at the same time, trades are something that have to be done for a purpose. I'm definitely not a believer in trading just for the sake of trading. If there's something there that is going to help this franchise in the short term and the long term, then it's something we'll look at.

"This shouldn't be a group of guys that should have to pick up the paper every day and see the general manager is looking for this or the general manager is looking for that. They should just go and play the game, enjoy the opportunity to play at the NHL level. It's important they understand that management and coaching is willing to do whatever it takes for the long-term success of this franchise and we would love each and every player that's around here to be part of that long-term success."

After the Jets regrouped for a 4-3 shootout victory over the Florida Panthers on Monday night, Jets head coach Claude Noel gave his team that day off and they'll be back in action Thursday against the New York Islanders.

Jets coaches and management have said frequently that the early part of the 2011-12 NHL season has been used for evaluation.

So what does the GM think about how things have gone so far?

"You've seen some things you like and some things you'd like to improve upon, but that's the same for any other team at this point and lots of guys we're still kind of getting to know. Some guys are injured and don't get to play as much, but that creates other opportunities for some other guys to play. Obviously, we're still waiting on a guy like Eric Fehr to get into the lineup."

And what about the 4-6-1 record?

"I didn't really set any goals with respect to where we'd be number-wise," said Cheveldayoff. "As a group, we continue to strive to improve each and every day. If you asked the players, they would say that. The coaches would say that and as a manager I'm saying that as well.

"You're never satisfied. You're learning about each other, you're learning about each and every team that you're playing against.

"Through the ups-and-the-downs, there's been great camaraderie. It is a young group and the young players are continuing to grow. It's a group that is constantly going to evolve as we go forward. We'll see where it all falls. It's a long season and there's lots of room for improvement."


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