✔ 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.
✔ 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.
✔ 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.
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.