WINNIPEG -- The man who spent this summer hammering out contracts for the Winnipeg Jets received one of his own Wednesday.
The Jets extended general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff's five-year contract by two additional years, taking him through the 2017-18 season.
Cheveldayoff, who assumed his role in June 2011 after the Atlanta Thrashers relocated to Winnipeg, is beginning his third season with the organization. Cheveldayoff's stewardship has produced a 61-56-13 record since he took the position following two seasons as the Chicago Blackhawks' assistant general manager.
Cheveldayoff has signed Zach Bogosian, Tobias Enstrom, Evander Kane, Bryan Little, Ondrej Pavelec and Blake Wheeler to long-term deals as the organization continues its rebuilding process. The Jets have also added center Mark Scheifele and defenseman Jacob Trouba as first-round selections via the NHL Draft, and both players appear to be nearly NHL-ready.