It was a busy week in the Winnipeg Jets hockey operations offices last week. Three player signings and one addition to the team’s staff will see two new faces in Winnipeg, and two familiar ones returning.
The Jets avoided arbitration with forward Michael Frolik by agreeing to a one-year deal three days before the scheduled arbitration date. The 26-year-old forward scored 15 goals and added 27 assists in 81 games last season.
One day later, Matt Halischuk signed the dotted line on a one-year deal of his own. Also 26, Halischuk recorded 10 points in 46 games for the Jets last season.
One of the new faces won’t be seen on the ice, but his hard work behind the scenes will be. Dr. Craig Slaunwhite, who spent the last five seasons as the Strength and Conditioning coach of the Florida Panthers, is moving back to his home country of Canada to be the Director of Fitness for the Winnipeg Jets. Slaunwhite, a native of Halifax, NS, provided chiropractic and nutrition services for the Panthers along with his player training responsibilities. He earned his Doctorate of Chiropractic services at Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. Like science and medicine, the world of athletics has been a big part of Slaunwhite’s life. While attending Dalhousie University, Slaunwhite served as captain of the basketball and track and field teams. He also set several school and provincial records in track and field, achieving All-Canadian honours during his time at the school. Following his collegiate career, Slaunwhite competed with the Canadian Track and Field team in Africa, Europe, and South America. During that time, he won a bronze medal in decathlon at the 2008 Canadian Olympic Trials.
To round out the week the Winnipeg Jets welcomed TJ Galiardi to the team, after signing him to a one-year, two way contract. The forward has played for three NHL teams in his 283 career games: Colorado, San Jose, and most recently, Calgary. In 62 games with the Flames in 2013-2014, the 26-year-old Galiardi recorded 17 points.
Winnipeg Jets General Manager Kevin Cheveldayoff discussed the Frolik signing, as well as other topics during a conference call late last week.Link to Cheveldayoff on Frolik signingLink to Cheveldayoff on other off-season signingsLink to Cheveldayoff on analytics
Get to know the team's most recent signing, TJ Galiardi, on and off the ice in this short interview