Jets sign GM Cheveldayoff to contract extension

Winnipeg Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff has reason to smile. The team signed him to a...

Winnipeg Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff has reason to smile. The team signed him to a contract extension this week. (BRIAN DONOGH/QMI Agency)

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:34 AM ET

WINNIPEG - Yes, the timing is a tad curious, coming with Kevin Cheveldayoff not even halfway through his original contract with the Winnipeg Jets.

And the headline, GM Gets Contract Extension After Missing Playoffs Two Years is a bit of a head-scratcher.

On the surface, all Cheveldayoff has accomplished to date has been to hand out tens of millions of dollars to players who haven’t been able to get the Jets into the post-season.

But this isn’t about surface moves.

It’s about the relationship between Cheveldayoff and Jets co-owner Mark Chipman, one we knew was tight but learned Wednesday might be better described as that of hockey soul-mates.

“I feel like we’ve been working together for far more than the last couple of years,” is how Chipman described it. “It feels like he’s been a part of what we’ve been doing here forever.”


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