As per numerous reports, including one from Ken Weibe of Sportsnet, Winnipeg Jets’ forward Mark Scheifele is not ready to commit to being part of the future of the organization. He spoke to reporters to let them know he needs time and to have serious talks with management before saying he’s ready to move forward with this franchise.
Scheiefele spoke for the first time since his early April injury and said he’d love to be in Winnipeg, but also noted has to “see where this is all going and what direction this team is going in and I guess we’ll see this summer.” He believes he’s only going to get better and it sounds like he’s not interested in wasting the prime years of his career with the Jets if they haven’t committed to icing the best possible team.
“I just have to know where this team is going and what the direction is and what the changes are going to be, if any. I have to think about my career and what’s going to be best for me. Those are going to be…talks with my agents and everyone in my family and stuff like that and figure out what I really want. So, it will be a tough talk tomorrow.”
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Unfortunately for the Jets, Scheifele might be the first of a few players who have said something similar to the organization and general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff. Elliotte Friedman noted during his recent 32 Thoughts Podcast, “I was chasing reports that there were several Jets players were looking to be traded.” He added, “The reaction I got was let’s see where we are at the end of the season and we’re possibly at 1.”
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If a number of players are looking for a change of scenery, that is going to make Cheveldayoff’s job quite difficult. But, he’ll have a few more seasons to figure it out as reports are he’s signed a new three-year extension with the club.
The same can’t be said for the coaching staff, who Frank Seravalli is reporting might all be on their way out the door. He writes that interim coach Dave Lowry, assistants Jamie Kompon and Charlie Huddy are all not returning. Wade Flaherty might be one of the few coaches who will remain on staff.
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