File this under “Least Surprising News Ever.”
As first reported by Gary Lawless via Twitter and then at the Winnipeg Free Press, Kevin Cheveldayoff, the assistant general manager of the Chicago Blackhawks, will become the new general manager of the Winnipeg NHL team.
As reported before on ROD, Cheveldayoff was rumored to be in the running for the job as soon as it became obvious that True North did not want anything to do with Rick Dudley, the Thrashers’ current GM who was also hired away from the Blackhawks last year.
Cheveldayoff was the general manager of the Chicago Wolves, the Thrashers’ former farm team, from 1997 to 2009. He managed the team to two IHL and two AHL championships. He came over to the Blackhawks last season when Dudley vacated the assistant GM position.
While I’m selfishly annoyed that Atlanta/Winnipeg is poaching another one of the Blackhawks’ assistant GMs, I am happy that Cheveldayoff will have a chance to manage a team at the NHL level. He’ll be a smart GM who will not be afraid to make the tough choices to make his team a contender as soon as he can.
True North is set to make an announcement about his hiring tomorrow at 2pm CDT.