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Jets 2.0 to-do list

✔ Bring back NHL to hockey-mad market

Completed May 31

 

✔ Prove to NHL this town is worthy

‘Drive to 13,000’ season-ticket campaign completed in four days; last tickets gobbled up in minutes after going on general sale to the public on June 4.

 

Kevin Cheveldayoff

Kevin Cheveldayoff

✔ Get hockey ops hierarchy in place

GM Kevin Cheveldayoff hired, Craig Heisinger named director of hockey operations/assistant GM on June 8

 

✔ Find home for AHL affiliate

Welcome to The Rock — hockey’s return to St. John’s approved by AHL on June 10 Fine-tune existing scouting department Thrashers director of scouting Marcel Comeau and staff run the Jets’ first draft on June 24 four days after meeting Cheveldayoff and Heisinger.

 

Claude Noel

Claude Noel

✔ Select head coach

Manitoba Moose boss Claude Noel introduced on June 24

 

✔ Moose? Falcons? Polar Bears? Jets?

Jets nickname officially unveiled at NHL draft June 24

 

✔Prepare for first foray into NHL free agency

The market opened on Canada Day; Jets dip in by signing Derek Meech, Tanner Glass, Rick Rypien and Randy Jones

 

✔ Sign Andrew Ladd

Club’s captain and leading scorer inked to five-year, $22.5 million deal on July 5

 

✔ Find more offensive punch

Jets deal to land winger Eric Fehr; still looking for another Top 6 forward

 

✔ Create and design new logo and jerseys

Air force-themed Jets logo unveiled July 22; jerseys to come in late August/early September

 

✔ Secure new radio/TV deal

10-year partnership with TSN completed, yet to be formally announced

 

Bring the MTS Centre up to NHL specs

Work continuing on new press box, new glass, suite reconfiguration, etc.

 

Zach Bogosian

Zach Bogosian

Ink restricted free agents

Two key players are done — Ladd and Blake Wheeler — contract chats continue with Zach Bogosian (below), who isn’t eligible for arbitration.

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