Winnipeg Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff spoke with media on Tuesday and offered some information on a handful of news items related to the Jets organization. Among the hot topics was the status of Jack Roslovic contract negotiations, how Patrik Laine will do this season and how the quarantine rules and taxi squads might affect his future plans for the team.
Jack Roslovic Contract Talks
Cheveldayoff was asked about where things were at with forward Jack Roslovic. It is said the center would like a change of scenery and some trade options have been examined, but Cheveldayoff didn’t get into that. What he did say was that Chevldayoff’s situation is a bit complicated.
The GM said:
“So, obviously, he’s an RFA and currently not signed, and to my knowledge, currently not in Winnipeg. Moving forward, there is going to be a quarantine situation, whenever we come to an agreement.”
Whether or not the Jets focus is on retaining or trading Roslovic remains to be seen.
Jets to Offer PTOs
Cheveldayoff added that the team will offer a couple of PTOs to players and they will be announcing those as camps start to open. For now, some of that is still a bit of a work in progress.
A number of NHL teams have announced PTO players and the Jets have yet to do so. That news should come in the next couple of days.
On Patrik Laine Having a Career Year
The GM noted that everyone is being professional when it comes to the Laine situation. Whether it’s talk about a trade or keeping him, “I assume he’s going to have one of the best years of his career given the group of players that we have and the professionalism that is there.”
He added that the maturity level that each player gains year over year is helpful. It was perhaps a hint that maybe Laine was being a bit childish with his public shots at the way he’s been used in the past and that maybe he’ll come to change his mind as the 2020-21 seasons rolls along.
On Taxi Squad for the Jets This Season
When asked about how the status of the AHL, and to a certain degree the CHL might affect his decisions on a taxi squad, Cheveldayoff said, “I think those are two big key factors.” He noted there are a lot of behind the scene discussions going on and looking at the feeder leagues is important to any decision.
He noted that the most important information comes with how players look on the ice. Saying the taxi squad is about mostly players practicing and not playing, the Jets will need to take development into consideration. He specifically noted that the Jets will need to decide what to do with a player like Cole Perfetti who will be coming to Jets camp for the first time.
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