-- General manager Kevin Cheveldayoff
outlined his plan Tuesday afternoon to build the Winnipeg Jets
into a long-term winning franchise in its return to the NHL. The key factor: emphasize character and install a teaching philosophy.
The first major action step of that process was signing 25-year-old left wing Andrew Ladd
to a new five-year contract on Tuesday, Cheveldayoff said while meeting the media at MTS Centre. What's more, Cheveldayoff confirmed that Ladd, a two-time Stanley Cup-winner who posted 29 goals last season, will captain the Jets this coming season.
"It's something that we said at the onset was of utmost importance to us and the organization," Cheveldayoff said. "Getting to the agreement was a great feeling, and getting on the phone with Andrew and congratulating him and welcoming him to the new contract was great."